Southampton 1-1 Chelsea - Hazard rescues point for Chelsea

St Marys Southampton

Eden Hazard's equaliser rescued a point for Chelsea, earning a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

After respective wins over Crystal Palace and West Ham United on Boxing Day, Southampton and Chelsea locked horns at St. Mary's Stadium.

The Saints have recovered from successive defeats to Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks, and the 3-1 win over Palace on Friday once again restored the faith on the South Coast.

And the fans were in great voice when Sadio Mane put Southampton in front, with the Senegal international using his blistering pace to break through the Chelsea backline before hooking the ball over Thibaut Courtois.

Yet it was Belgian playmaker Hazard who dragged Chelsea level, driving the ball past Fraser Forster to tie the game up on the stroke of half time.

The goals from Mane and Hazard were the only shots on target in the entire game, whilst Southampton finished the game with ten men after Morgan Schneiderlin picked up a second yellow card.

The result means Chelsea remain top of the Premier League but missed the chance to extend their lead over Manchester City, whilst Southampton stay fourth with 33 points.

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