Alonso scores winner for clock-watching Conte

Marcos Alonso’s pinpoint free-kick gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Southampton.

The Spanish full-back curled a stunning 30-yard effort past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the net in first-half stoppage time.

The Blues could have added to their tally but Pedro hit a post and Eden Hazard had a goal disallowed for offside.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Pedro

The Spaniard was at the heart of Chelsea’s best attacking moments and went agonisingly close to capping his display with a goal when his shot came back off a post. Disappointed to be taken off in the second half.

Moment of the match

Two and a half minutes into two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half, Alonso curled a delicious free-kick round Southampton’s defensive wall and inside the right-hand post of Forster. 

Data point

Southampton have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last 25 league games against the Blues – a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day 2002.

In with the crowd

Former Chelsea skipper John Terry, currently out injured, came to see his old club rather than travel to Derby with his current side Aston Villa.

Ratings

Chelsea: Courtois 6 (out of 10), Azpilicueta 6, Christensen 7, Cahill 6, Moses 6, Kante 7, Bakayoko 6, Alonso 7, Willian 7, Hazard 6, Pedro 7. Substitutes: Fabregas (for Pedro, 68) 6, Morata (for Hazard, 73) 6, Zappacosta (for Moses, 82) 6.Southampton: Forster 6, Soares 6, Hoedt 6, Yoshida 6, Stephens 6, Bertrand 6, Romeu 6, Ward-Prowse 6, Hojbjerg 6, Redmond 6, Gabbiadini 6. Substitutes: Lemina (for Soares, 17) 6, Austin (for Gabbiadini 61) 6, Boufal (for Hojbjerg, 72) 6.

Who’s up next?

Pedro scored one of Chelsea's goal in a 3-0 win when Bournemouth travelled to Stamford Bridge last season
Pedro scored one of Chelsea’s goal in a 3-0 win when Bournemouth travelled to Stamford Bridge last season (Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport)

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