Chelsea 3-3 Southampton, Football League updates and more – as it happened

Barry Glendenning on 17 October 2020

Match report: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton

Premier League: Chelsea and Southampton shared the points at the end of a chaotic games at Stamford Bridge that featured several excellent goals and no shortage of slapstick defending. Jacob Steinberg was there ...

Frank Lampard speaks: “You go two goals up you want to finish it off,” he tells the BBC. “It was the best we’ve played this season for sure at this stage, but Southampton are a good side. They put pressure on us off the ball. They put us under pressure after the first goal. My message at half-time was that the goal shouldn’t change too much. We never got to the same levels in the second half. We can do better.”

Frank Lampard
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard gets animated on the touchline. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC/Getty Images

Comment: Jordan Pickford should have been sent off early on in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, went on to make some outstanding saves before getting away with a late blunder, writes Jonathan Wilson.

Timo Werner speaks: “The first half we played very well,” says Chelsea’s striker. “When you concede a goal two or three minutes before half-time it is not easy. You have to think with a clear head. Southampton make a lot of pressure on us and pressed us high. We gave them too much in terms of opportunities. We have to win the game. I am happy about the goals but I want to win the game.”

Timo Werner
Timo Werner eyes the ball during Chelsea’s match against Southampton. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/AFP/Getty Images

Ralph Hasenhuttl speaks: “We saw a very interesting game,” says Southampton’s manager. “It was spectacular, with a lot of goal chances. Not so good in the first half from my side. We did not have much time to prepare for this game, but in the second half we were much better - dominant, had lots of possession and showed good game management.

“The goals we conceded were too easy, we know the quality and speed of Werner and Havertz but we never stopped believing, made the equaliser and I think the point is deserved.”

Ralph Hasenhuttl and Kyle Walker-Peters
Ralph Hasenhuttl congratulates Kyle Walker-Peters after Southampton snatched a late point at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Matthew Childs/AFP/Getty Images

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Full time: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! Another bonkers game in a bizarre campaign draws to a close, with Southampton rescuing a point courtesy of a last gasp equaliser from Jannik Vestergaard. Chelsea looked home and hosed in the first half after Timo Werner put them two up, but Danny ings gave his side a platform on which to build before the break.

Southampton equalised through Che Adams following some slapstick defending from Chelsea, only to go behind moments later when Kai Havertz got on the scoresheet. Chelsea tried to close out the game, but Southampton scored in the game’s knockings after Vestergaard flicked the ball past Kepa, helping a mishit Theo Walcott shot on its way past the Spaniard.

90+4 min: Southampton are throwing the kitchen sink at a shell-shocked Chelsea in these closing seconds. Theo Walcott turns and shoots from distance but his effort goes wide.

90+3 min: Danny Ings gets in behind and shapes to toe-poke the ball goalwards, only to be foiled by a crucial intervention from Kurt Zouma.

GOAL! Chelsea 3-3 Southampton (Vestergaard 90+2)

Southampton equalise! Vestergaard flicks the ball past Kepa with his head after a Theo Walcott had mishit it following a Kurt Zouma clearance from a Southampton free-kick on the left.

90 min: Chelsea substitution: Timo Werner walks off with two Premier League goals to show for his afternoon’s work. Tammy Abraham replaces him.

90 min: Ben Chilwell canters down the left before trying to pick out Kai Havertz with a cross. Southampton clear.

88 min: Southampton continue to chase the game, but Chelsea aren’t giving them a sniff of the ball as they attempt to close out the game with the bare minimum of fuss.

86 min: Southampton double-substitution: Diallo and Long on for Adams and Romeu. Chelsea substitution: Reece James on for Christian Pulisic.

85 min:Chelsea win a free-kick for a Ryan Bertrand foul on Kai Havertz near halfway. Ziyech takes a free-kick, trying to pick out Christian Pulisic’s run into to the Chelsea penalty area. It was intelligent, quick thinking but he undercooked his pass.


84 min: Oriel Romeu gets a yellow card for some indiscretion or other.

82 min: The lull ends as Kepa gets down to save a low Danny ings drive through a thicket of legs.

80 min: BT Sport commentator Ian Darke takes advantage of a lull to advertise his emplyers’ Pay Per View match between Sheffield United and Fulham tomorrow. A snip at £14.95 on top of subscribers already exorbitant monthly fees, you can imagine that mouthwatering lunchtime clash of the titans being box office gold.


78 min: Che Adams drags a decent effort narrowly wide after being teed up by Theo Walcott.

77 min: Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond makes way for Nathan Tella. That’s a like for like substitution - one Nathan for another.

76 min: Chelsea corner. The balls swung into the mixer and an unmarked Kai Havertz heads over the bar from the edge of the six yard box with a terrible header when he should have buried the ball in the back of the net. That’s an awful miss.

75 min: Ziyech is involved in a Chelsea move that ends with the ball being played wide to Azpilicueta on the right. He overhits his cross.

74 min: Hakim Ziyech has taken up a position on the left wing for Chelsea, with Christian Pulisic moving across to the right.

74 min: Chelsea win a throw-in deep in their own half, a decision that displeases Che Adams no end. He complains at great length to the referee’s assistant, trying to convince him it should have been Southampton’s ball.

72 min: Chelsea substitution: Hakim Ziyech makes his eagerly awaited Chelsea debut, coming on for Mason Mount.

69 min: Oriel Romeu volleys high over the Chelsea bar with a volley from the edge of the penalty area after Kurt Zouma had headed a Southampton corner clear.

65 min: One man’s quick and entertaining exchange of goals is another minute-by-minute reporter’s nightmare. While I was still trying to figure out how the hell Southampton managed to score their bizarre equaliser (other versions are available), Chelsea broke up the field and re-took the lead. Momentum had swung Southampton’s way, so Ralph Hasenhuttl will be furious that his side conceded again so soon after equalising.

61 min: Attacking on the break, Chelsea carved Southampton open after excellent work from Christian Pulisic. He played Werner, who looked suspiciously offside, in behind and his cross to the unmarked Havertz was slotted home from a few yards out.


GOAL! Chelsea 3-2 Southampton (Havertz 59)

Well, this second half has escalated quickly. Kai Havertz puts Chelsea back into the lead.

Havertz beats McCarthy to score Chelsea’s third goal
Havertz beats McCarthy to score Chelsea’s third goal Photograph: Matthew Childs/EPA


58 min: Lets pick through the bones of that one. A long ball down the right flank was hideously miscontrolled by Kurt Zouma as he tried to play it back to Kepa. Kepa raced off his line to hack the ball clear, only to have it dinked past him by Adams. Unable to score from a ridiculously tight angle, he tried to hook it back into the path of Danny ings from right beside the upright. Back on his line, Kepa half-blocked his attempted pass but the ball bounced kindly for Adams, who smashed it into the goal. Or something like that ...


Chelsea 2-2 Southampton (Adams 57)

The sides are level. Che Adams roofs the ball after a comedy of errors in the Chelsea penalty area.

Che Adams scores
Che Adams scores Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images


55 min: Kyle Walker-Peters tries his luck from a tightish angle with a low daisy-cutter. Kepa gets down to save comfortably enough.

54 min: Bertrand hoists the balls towards Vestergaard in the Chelsea penalty area. Their hosts can only half clear and after some very neat one-two passing on the edge of the area, Danny Ings pulls a low diagonal effort no more than a foot wide of the upright.

52 min: No chances of note for either side so far in this half but Southampton have started this 45 minutes with considerably more zip than they did the previous one. They win a free-kick just inside the Chelsea half for a body-check on Nathan Redmond by Cesar Azpilicueta.

48 min: Ben Chilwell gets booked after losing the ball to James Ward-Prowse courtesy of a poor touch, then grabbing the Southampton midfielder’s shirt to halt his progress. Free-kick for Southampton, wide on the right. Ward-Prowse curls the ball into the Chelsea penalty area, where Kepa grabs it comfortably.

47 min: There are no changes in personnel on either side.


Second half: Chelsea 2-1 Southampton

46 min: Chelsea get the second half started, after the players of Southampton join them on the pitch following their long trek from the Stamford Bridge medical centre, which they are using as a dressing-room. Ralph Hasenhuttl looks displeased and seems to be telling the ref that they couldn’t hear the bell or buzzer telling them it was time to return to the pitch. It’s not rocket science, Ralph - half-time intervals in football matches generally last 15 minutes.

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Half-time: Chelsea 2-1 Southampton

Timo Werner put Chelsea two up with his first and second Premier League goals, giving his side a comfortable lead. They were in complete control and Southampton’s goose looked well and truly cooked, but a late goal from Danny Ings has given them plenty of hope ahead of the second half.

45+1 min: Timo Werner smashes a cross towards the near post from the left, but it’s cleared by Southampton. Corner for Chelsea, moments before the break. Vestergaard clears Chilwell’s delivery.

GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Southampton (Ings 43)

Southampton pull one back! Kai Havertz loses the ball halfway inside his own half and it’s played in behind the Chelsea pass for Danny Ings to run onto. He deceives Kepa with a wonderful touch and slots the ball into the gaping goal.

Ings rounds the keeper before scoring
Ings rounds the keeper before scoring Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters


38 min: Kai Havertz turns Jannick Vestergaard and plays the ball to Werner, who shoots high and wide from a tight angle instead of playing the ball back to his team-mate, who was in a much better position and screaming for the return pass. A let-off for Southampton; Havertz lets Werner know, in very strong terms indeed, that he is unhappy with his selfishness.

36 min: Kyle Walker-Peters tries to play the ball down the right flank towards Che Adams, who is muscled off the ball near the touchline.

35 min: Chelsea are playing some absolutely delightful one-touch pass-and-move football here. They look vastly superior to Southampton, who seem a little overwhelmed by their hosts.

31 min: Chelsea corner. Ben Chilwell’s inswinger is plucked from the air by Alex McCarthy, who tries to send Che Adams on his way with a quick throw-out. Adams is unable to control the ball.

GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Southampton (Werner 29)

Werner scores his second! Jorginho plays a wonderful long pass from deep, trying to pick out Werner in no-mans land between the Southampton back line and their goal. The German takes on and beats Bednarek in a foot-race, lifts the bouncing ball over Alex McCarthy and then heads into the empty goal from a few yards out. Brilliant stuff, not least from Jorginho, whose dirty long ball was sublime.

Werner gets his second goal
Werner gets his second goal Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters


26 min: There’s a scramble close to goal in the Southampton penalty area as Kyle Walker-Peters does well to clear the ball with two rat-a-tat tackles on Timo Werner and Mason Mount and in quick succession after good work from Christian Pulisic.

23 min: A quarter of the way into the game and Chelsea are well worth their lead. Southampton, disguised as Peru in their fetching white shirts with red sashes, are struggling to make an impression on the game so far.

20 min: Southampton win a free-kick down near the corner flag and James Ward-Prowse sends the ball towards the far post. Kurt Zouma clears with a header.

17 min: With a fizzing pass coming his way, Timo Werner makes a fool of Jan Bednarek, who was marking him tightly. Werner lets the ball run past him, spins around the defender and cons him with a great dummy. He proceeds to run towards the left side of the Southampton penalty area, cut inside along the front of it, dancing past a couple of challenges before scoring with a low diagonal drive.


GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Southampton (Werner 15)

Chelsea lead! Brilliant from Werner, who quickly overcomes his disappoint to score his first Premier League goal with a fine individual effort.

Werner scores after making space
Werner scores after making space Photograph: Michael Zemanek/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


14 min: Timo Werner thinks he’s put Chelsea ahead after getting on the end of a Ben Chilwell cross from the left and thumping the ball home with his noggin from close range. Offside.

Werner after scoring a goal which is later disallowed upon VAR review
Werner after scoring a goal which is later disallowed upon VAR review Photograph: Ben Stansall/Reuters


13 min: Theo Walcott plays the ball into the Chelsea penalty area from the inside right, but it’s cleared.

11 min: Kurt Zouma concedes a free-kick down by the technical area for handball, just inside the Chelsea half. The ball is played back to Alex McCarthy in instalments by Southampton.

9 min: Che Adams misses a decent opportunity to fire Southampton in front after being teed up by Theo Walcott. He makes it easy for Kepa, who is alive to the danger in the Chelsea goal.

7 min: Chelsea are bossing possession in these early stages, but the double-save from McCarthy aside, Southampton have not been tested. Mason Mount plays Timo Werner in behind the Saints defence with a neat pass, but the striker’s cross-shot across the face of goal is not converted.

3 min: Alex McCarthy makes a splendid double-save, getting low down to his left to block a shot from Ben Chilwell, then quickly springing to his feet to save the follow-up from Kai Havertz. Excellent goalkeeping, although the shot from Havertz was straight at him.

McCarthy makes a double save
McCarthy makes a double save Photograph: Matthew Childs/PA


Chelsea v Southampton is go ...

1 min: Play begins at Stamford Bridge, where Christian Pulisic lines up on the right for Chelsea, with Mason Mount on the left.

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Those teams: Frank Lampard makes four changes to the team that beat Crystal Palace, bringing in Kepa Arrizabalaga to deputise for the injured Edouard Mendy. Andreas Christensen is in for Thiago Silva, while Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic start in place of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.

Theo Walcott starts for Southampton following his move from Everton, while Nathan Redmond is in for Moussa Djenepo.

Stamford Bridge
The scene at Stamford Bridge ahead of today’s game. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Chelsea v Southampton line-ups

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner

Subs: Caballero, Abraham, Tomori, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, James

Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestegaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Adams, Walcott, Ings

Subs: Forster, Stephens, Long, Obafemi, Valery, Tella, Diallo

League One

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League Two

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  • Port Vale v Salford City
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  • Southend United v Cheltenham Town
  • Walsall v Exeter City
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Today’s Championship fixtures

  • Bournemouth v QPR
  • Barnsley v Bristol City
  • Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest
  • Brentford v Coventry City
  • Luton Town v Stoke City
  • Middlesbrough v Reading
  • Rotherham United v Norwich City
  • Swansea City v Huddersfield Town
  • Wycombe Wanderers v Millwall

Today’s match officials

  • Referee: Peter Bankes
  • Assistants: Darren Cann and Mark Scholes
  • Fourth official: Martin Atkinson
  • VAR: Mike Dean
Peter Bankes
Peter Bankes is in charge of maintaining discipline during today’s match between Chelsea and Southampton. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/AP

Early Southampton team news

Ralph Hasenhüttl must plan without Stuart Armstrong, who is in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 while on duty for Scotland. His absence means Theo Walcott, Southampton’s new arrival from Everton, could make his second debut for Southampton more than 15 years after his first one.

Moussa Djenepo is also absent for Southampton as he recovers from a hamstring injury. New signing Ibrahima Diallo is likely to start on the bench following his move to St Mary’s from French side Brest.

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott is likely to start for Southampton today in the absence of Stuart Armstrong. Photograph: Matt Watson/Southampton FC/Getty Images

Early Chelsea team news

Recent signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have both been ruled out. Mendy picked up a thigh injury while on international duty with Senegal but Frank Lampard was not prepared to say who of Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero would deputise for his new goalkeeper. Silva is not injured, but has been left out of the matchday squad after returning later than ideal from his travels with Brazil.

In better news for Lampard, Hakim Ziyech has recovered from a knee injury and will feature in a Chelsea squad for the first time. Christian Pulisic is available for selection following his return from injury.

Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech is expected to make his long overdue debut for Chelsea today following his arrival from Ajax. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC/Getty Images

Premier League Chelsea v Southampton

Stamford Bridge is the venue for a Premier League match that’s costing BT Sport customers in the UK a rather controversial £14.95 on top of their regular subscription, so it better be a bloody good one.

It should go without saying that you’ll be able to read all about it here completely free of charge, as Frank Lampard’s side host a Southampton team hoping to make it three consecutive wins following triumphs over West Brom and Burnley. Chelsea have yet to string back-to-back wins together this season, but can do so today on the back of a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, a scoreline that somewhat flattered their performance.

Kick-off today is at 3pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up, while we’ll also be keeping an eye on results and major talking points outside the Premier League.

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