Chelsea claim first win from 2-0 down since 2002

Chelsea claim first win from 2-0 down since 2002

Substitute Olivier Giroud scored twice as Chelsea came from 2-0 down to win at Southampton and keep alive their faint hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Goals from Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek had put Saints on the way to a crucial three points but Giroud headed a previously listless Chelsea back into a game that had appeared nearly out of reach, Eden Hazard levelled shortly afterwards and then the France hitman struck again - all inside an eight-minute spell.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte refused to comment on Alonso avoiding any punishment for the tackle, but praised his players for shaking off a woeful first-half showing at St. Mary's. That is what we have done until the end and we are very proud of what we have done in this game with our fantastic support from our fans.

"We have two strikers and Olivier arrived at Chelsea in January after a bad muscular problem".

"As long as mathematically it is going to be possible, we are going to believe", sai d Giroud.

"But we have had the right spirit to come back and win this game".

Southampton remain in the drop zone on 28 points.

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Southampton got their reward for a good start after 20 minutes as Ryan Bertrand's blistering run down the left ended with the ball being cut back to Dusan Tadic, who tapped it in past Thibaut Courtois.

The two sides will meet again in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend, and Southampton will do well to raise themselves for cup glory with their place in the Premier League next season looking ever more precarious.

Chelsea were lacklustre in the first half and they couldn't even respond when Southampton took the lead in the 21st minute.

Late in the first half, with Southampton winning 1-0, Alonso appeared to go in high and catch Southampton forward Shane Long's leg with his studs. "In the second half, we showed great character, great determination and desire to win the game". "It should have been a red card, clearly". They were all within a 10 or 15 metre radius.

The home side doubled their advantage on the hour when debutant Bednarek side-footed a wonderful Ward-Prowse free kick into the far corner of the net.

The visitors were level, four minutes after grabbing their first goal, as Hazard fired home from inside the box.

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