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Latest: Southampton 1 Chelsea 0 – Blues heading for rare defeat under Hiddink

first_imgChelsea were on the verge of the first league defeat of Guus Hiddink’s second spell in charge after Diego Costa missed a great opportunity to equalise.The Spain striker, who was also involved in some heated arguments during the second half, met Eden Hazard’s inviting cross with a volley but failed to keep it down.Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta both drilled shots high and wide and John Obi Mikel nodded off target as Chelsea tried to get back on terms.At half-time, Hiddink brought on Kenedy to play at left-back and removed Baba Rahman, whose error had helped Saints take the lead a few minutes before the break.Pedro had to come off after just seven minutes after tweaking a leg muscle, and the Blues paid the price for a sluggish start shortly before half-time.He misjudged a header and Shane Long nipped in between Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill before poking past a hesitant Thibaut Courtois in goal.Pedro limped off in the opening minutes of the game, to be replaced by Oscar.He had the Blues’ first shot on target which was comfortably gathered by Fraser Forster, who broke a club top flight record of 667 minutes without conceding a goal.Southampton: Forster; Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Cedric, Clasie, Romeu, Davis, Targett; Long, Austin.Subs: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Tadic, Pelle.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba (Kenedy 46); Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro (Oscar 7), Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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