Match Report: Southampton 1-5 Chelsea

Demba Ba: Scoring on debut
Demba Ba: Debut Double

Chelsea’s FA Cup defence got off to a brilliant start with a 1-5 thrashing of Southampton. A Demba Ba double and goals each from Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard were enough to overturn Jay Rodriguez’s goal.

First half

Both teams started the game slowly, Chelsea slower than Southampton. However, the Saints definitely looked the better side as the half went on. Therefore, it was no surprise when they took the lead. A lovely through ball split the Blues defence and Rodriguez calmly slotted the ball past Turnbull. 1-0 to the Saints. Chelsea pressed on and 13 minutes later were level. Brilliant inter-play between Mata and Hazard saw Mata clip the ball over ‘keeper Boruc. Demba Ba, making his Chelsea debut, managed to get a touch on the ball before it went in. 1-1 now. The Blues were now dominating and on the stroke of half-time took the lead. Lovely inter-play between Victor Moses and Ashley Cole saw Cole cut back for Moses, whose volley flew past Boruc. 1-2 to Chelsea at half-time.

Second half

The game was finished only a few minutes into the second half. Mata’s lovely cross was strongly met by Ivanovic who headed past Boruc. 1-3 to Chelsea. Chelsea were now dominating possession and looked likely to score more goals. And that’s what happened. 10 minutes after Ivanovic scored, Hazard passed to Ba who put the ball into the back of the net with his first touch. 1-4 to Chelsea. With the game won, Benitez rung in the changes. Frank Lampard replaced Ivanovic, with Luiz dropping back in defence while Marko Marin replaced Victor Moses on the wing. Chelsea were handed a penalty for handball, and Lampard stepped up to take. He duly converted, and the scoreline was now 1-5 to the Blues. Lampard is now Chelsea’s tied 2nd highest goal-scorer alongside legendary striker Kerry Dixon. In the dying minutes of the game, Mata was replaced by Oscar. The match ended 1-5 to Chelsea.

  1. aljero says

    Its shows torres had killed the morale we needed up front & Ba just restored that team power. Apparently, Ba brought back that confidence & likewise the fighting attitude to break the odds of opponent lead. The team made my day, hope torres learnt a lot in 2days match. Blues is d team to defend ds title….We need urgent replacement of players now that Moses & Mikel will be at AFCON. Besides, oriol is still try to recuperate; wish him speedy recovery

  2. Brendan says

    How greedy of Lampard. Ba could’ve scored a whopping debut hat trick if he took the penalty.
    But well done to the Blues.

    1. Zane says

      Lampard is 9 goals short of Bobby Tambling’s record as Chelsea’s top scorer. Besides,Lampard has been Chelsea’s penalty taker for years and can still be lethal so why change it now? Just because Ba can get a hatrick? Ba has more time to get many hatricks but Lampard probably doesn’t have the time to fulfill his wish if he goes on granting someone a penalty just for the hatrick tag.

  3. Kobbyhans says

    It was a good game enjoyed the play. Lets keep the momentum.

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