Chelsea's Diego Costa had a quiet day at the office as his side dropped points against Europe-chasing Southampton.
Sadio Mane put Southampton ahead in the 17th minute with his second goal in as many games, racing onto a pass from Dusan Tadic and lifting the ball into the back of the net.
Then, moments before half-time, Eden Hazard collected a pass from Cesc Fabregas and shot across goal into the far corner, beyond outstretched goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
It proved to be a goalless day for Costa who failed to offer any real threat against the Saints. Kept quiet by the assured defending of Jose Fonte, he had very few opportunities to influence the game and didn't measure up even to the average Premier League player.
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Despite Chelsea's dominance, particularly throughout the second period, Costa managed just a single attempt at goal, which missed Fraser Forster's goal altogether.
Furthermore, he passed up a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on a Southampton error, following youngster James Ward-Prowse's ill-advised back-pass, slipping at the vital moment.
There's no doubt Costa put in a shift. He worked hard, but when chances came his way, he found himself closed down quickly and dispossessed - a credit to the Saints' impressive defending. This occurred on five separate occasions throughout his 90-minute outing.
Nevertheless, Costa had little difficulty when it came to taking on a Southampton defender, and he completed three dribbles in total - bettered only be Eden Hazard (7) and Cesc Fabregas (5). When given the opportunity to run at the opposition back-four, he produced positive results, but this did not occur very often.
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Costa's hold-up play proved less impressive than usual. The 26-year-old attempted 29 passes, of which 79% were successful, but he failed to replicate his usual creative productivity. Having previously recorded 1.75 key passes per match, he fashioned just a single chance for his teammates here.
It was a day to forget for the Spanish international, who will now be even hungrier for goals as Chelsea make the short trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham on New Year's Day.