Super-sub Olivier Giroud inspires stirring Chelsea fightback at Southampton

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Chelsea saw out the victory to put a dent in Southampton's hopes of Premier League survival.

However, the Blues were not finished there, as the shell shocked home side wilted and watched their dreams of Premier League safety pass by as yet another delivery from the left-hand side caught Southampton napping, as Giroud fired through a crowded penalty area to secure a stunning comeback.

It was a former Chelsea player who got Saints off to a ideal start as Ryan Bertrand burst past Cesar Azpilicueta down Southampton's left before squaring for Tadic to apply a simple finish.

Southampton: Alex McCarthy 5, Jan Bednarek 6, Maya Yoshida 5, Wesley Hoedt 5, Cedric Soares 6, Oriol Romeu 6, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 7, Ryan Bertrand (capt) 8, James Ward-Prowse 7, Dusan Tadic 8, Shane Long 7.

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Chelsea looked dead and buried at 2-0, but they were given hope when Olivier Giroud headed in after 70 minutes.

Giroud celebrates scoring his first goal.

Long nearly doubled Southampton's lead early in the second period when he turned Andres Christensen and Gary Cahill before his mishit effort almost looped over Courtois, who scrambled to turn the ball behind. Alvaro Morata scored against Leicester and Tottenham. From that moment, it was game on for Chelsea.

There could be no better stage than St Mary's and no better opponents than Southampton to stake a claim for a starting spot at Wembley later this month, and Giroud needed only 17 minutes on the pitch to accomplish what Morata failed to even threaten in just over an hour. The France worldwide scored twice and Eden Hazard also found the net as Chelsea struck three times in the space of eight minutes to secure a morale-boosting win.

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