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Southampton vs. Chelsea: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Fernando Torres #9 (obscired) of Chelsea celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 1, 2014

Oscar came off the bench to play a part in all three Chelsea goals as the Blues romped to a 3-0 win away to Southampton on New Year’s Day.

The Brazilian was also booked for diving shortly after replacing Juan Mata in the 53rd minute, but by the hour-mark he had an assist as Fernando Torres opened the scoring at St. Mary’s, and he would also have a hand in Willian’s insurance marker before finding the back of the net, himself, with eight minutes left on the clock.

Chelsea, presently third in the Premier League table, started well on the south coast, and within three minutes the hosts had been forced to block a pair of Torres shots.

But Southampton, enjoying a good portion of possession, didn’t take long to come into the contest, and Adam Lallana produced the side’s first meaningful opportunity in the 17th minute when his effort was blocked after a neat exchange with Gaston Ramirez.

Torres started quickly for Chelsea and ended up scoring a goal in the second half.
Torres started quickly for Chelsea and ended up scoring a goal in the second half.Warren Little/Getty Images

Dejan Lovren was the next Southampton player to come close to scoring, although his shot—again set up by Ramirez—went wide of target following a free-kick.

With 10 minutes remaining in the opening period, Chelsea midfielder Ramires’ blast from outside the 18-yard box was saved by goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.

In the end, it was a pair of substitutions made shortly after the restart by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho that made the difference on this day—Oscar replacing Mata and Willian coming on for Andre Schurrle.

Just seven minutes after the changes, the Blues were in front after Torres pounced on a rebound after Oscar’s cross came back off the woodwork and landed in front of the Spaniard.

Eleven minutes after that, the lead was doubled when Willian, benefiting from an exquisite Oscar pass after the Brazilian had shimmied through a pair of Southampton defenders, beat Davis to the near post from distance, and in the 82nd minute Oscar rounded out the scoring after running on to Eden Hazard’s pass and slipping the ball into the back of the net.

 

Key Player Grades

Eden Hazard: A

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea is pursued by Joe Allen of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on December 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty I
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He was Chelsea’s most consistent attacker over the course of the match and picked up an assist on Oscar’s goal late in the second half. In his 85 minutes on the pitch, he touched the ball 63 times and successfully executed five dribbles. (Statistics courtesy WhoScored.com.)

 

Oscar: A

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Oscar of Chelsea scores his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Imag
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His dive shortly after coming on in the second half was the only black mark on an otherwise stellar performance. In just 37 minutes, he managed 38 touches of the ball, had a hand in the goals of Torres and Willian and made five tackles.

 

Gaston Ramirez: B-

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Gaston Ramirez of Southampton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Gett
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No Southampton attacker touched the ball more than the Uruguay international on Wednesday, and he pulled the strings on many of his side’s attacking movements. He was a rare bright spot on an otherwise forgettable afternoon for the Saints.

Southampton Player Grades
PlayerGrade
K.DavisD
ChambersC
FonteC+
LovrenC+
ShawC+
CorkC
SchneiderlinC-
LallanaB-
S.DavisC
RamirezB-
RodriguezC
Substitutions
ClyneC
Ward-ProwseC
LambertC
BR UK
Chelsea Player Grades
PlayerGrade
CechA
AzpilicuetaA-
CahillA
TerryA
ColeA
RamiresA-
MikelA-
MataB-
HazardA-
SchurrleC+
TorresA-
Substitutions
OscarA
WillianA-
EssienB
BR UK

 

What’s Next?

Next up for Southampton is an FA Cup encounter at home to Burnley on Saturday, and they’ll host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on January 11. Chelsea are away to Derby in the FA Cup on Sunday and will visit Hull on the 11th.

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