Sloppy Chelsea Punished As Vestergaard Rescues Saints
Zeeshan Mehtab 5 days ago Sat 17th October 2020 | 09:54 PM
Chelsea paid the price for woeful defending as Jannik Vestergaard snatched a stoppage-time equaliser for Southampton in their dramatic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Oct, 2020 ) :Chelsea paid the price for woeful defending as Jannik Vestergaard snatched a stoppage-time equaliser for Southampton in their dramatic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
But Frank Lampard's side were denied when Southampton defender Vestergaard headed home in the closing moments.
Chelsea have just two wins from five league games and have already conceded nine goals.
There was also the welcome sight of Hakim Ziyech making his Chelsea debut in a 19-minute substitute cameo after recovering from the knee injury that delayed his involvement following his move from Ajax.
With Senegal keeper Edouard Mendy injured, Kepa was making his first Chelsea appearance in almost a month after being dropped following an error-strewn start to the season, but his latest blunder is likely to see him exiled again.
Zouma may find himself axed as well once Thiago Silva is ready to return.
Ben Chilwell aimed his pass towards Werner and the forward came deep to dummy it cleverly behind him before nipping around the bewildered Jan Bednarek.
Cutting right across the Southampton area, Werner intelligently guided his shot back to the left and past the flat-footed Alex McCarthy.
Jorginho played a superb first-time pass over Bednarek and Werner controlled on his chest before deftly flicking the ball over McCarthy and heading home under pressure from two defenders.
Southampton have a striker with the clinical instincts to match Werner and Ings gave them a lifeline in the 43rd minute.
Havertz was dispossessed too easily inside his own half and Adams slipped a pass through to Ings, who got behind the slow-to-react Chelsea defence, glided past Kepa and slotted into the empty net.
Zouma started the farcical goal with a woefully under-hit back pass and Kepa poured fuel on the fire when he rushed off his line and completely missed the ball.
If that was a ridiculous way to concede, Lampard's team had the perfect response as they conjured a sublime goal just 121 seconds later.
Christian Pulisic's incisive run and pass found Werner and he slipped the ball across to Havertz, who finished from 10 yards out.
But Chelsea's slipshod defending kept Southampton in the game and, in the second minute of stoppage-time, Zouma's weak headed clearance was fired back into the area by Theo Walcott and Vestergaard stooped to head home.