Sunday, 1 December 2013

Premier League - Terry nets on milestone in rousing Chelsea win

Premier League, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 3 (Cahill 52, Terry 62, Ba 89) Southampton 1 (Rodriguez 1)
Eurosport - Chelsea's John Terry celebrates after scoring a goal against Southampton
 during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London December 1, 2013.
Chelsea conceded the fastest goal in the Premier League this season but mounted a rousing recovery in the second half with captain John Terry netting on his 400th Premier League appearance in an excellent 3-1 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
A slipshod pass by Michael Essien enabled Jay Rodriguez to slide a shot beyond Petr Cech after only 12 seconds as the visiting side looked comfortable enough holding a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The mood of the match began to change when home coach Jose Mourinho threw on Demba Ba for Essien at the break as Chelsea paired Ba with Fernando Torres up front.
With Frank Lampard impressing after replacing the injured Oscar alongside Ramires in midfield, Chelsea suddenly began to find gaps in the previously unshakable visiting defence and equalised when Gary Cahill forced the ball over the line after Ba had hit the post from a Branislav Ivanovic header.
Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc departed due to a hand injury before Chelsea moved 2-1 clear courtesy of John Terry who sent a header looping over substitute keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
Ba finished matters off with one minute remaining of normal time as he slid the ball beyond Gazzaniga from a superb Ramires cross.
Chelsea move up to second spot in the table, and are back to four points behind leaders Arsenal, who completed a 3-0 win at Cardiff on Saturday.

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