Southampton hold leaders Chelsea

Southampton's Victor Wanyama in action against Chelsea's Eden Hazard
Southampton's Victor Wanyama in action against Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Southampton 1 Chelsea 1

A magical performance from Eden Hazard was not enough to inspire Chelsea to victory as Southampton held firm to secure a hard-earned point.

Jose Mourinho’s side arrived at St Mary’s on a run of five successive wins in all competitions, although the Barclays Premier League leaders were knocked off their stride early on as Sadio Mane put the hosts ahead.

Hazard ensured they would not be celebrating a memorable win, though, leading an impressive Chelsea recovery by following-up a wonderful leveller with an inspired second-half display, only for resilient Saints to secure a 1-1 draw.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will have been a relieved figure at the final whistle, especially after being reduced to 10 men when Morgan Schneiderlin picked up a red card late in a match they started so impressively.

Saints were rewarded for their energetic early display when Mane raced through to meet a wonderful Dusan Tadic pass, keeping calm under pressure from John Terry to beat Thibaut Courtois.

However, Mourinho was not to be undone by former Barcelona colleague Koeman, with Hazard impressively levelling in first-half stoppage time after turning inside and firing home a fine, low a strike.