A goal apiece by Southampton forwards Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez were just enough to defeat Chelsea 2-1 Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Defender John Terry netted the Blues only goal of the day off an assist by Marko Marin in the 33rd minute, but Chelsea failed to rally in the second half.
Lambert curled in a free kick just outside the area in the 35th to break a 1-1 tie, while Chelsea managed four shots on goal to Southampton’s eight.
Rodriguez broke through in the 23rd minute, working the give-and-go with midfielder Steven Davis for an early 1-0 lead.
Terry would then respond with a header in front of the net, from a well placed corner kick from Marin. It was the all-world defender’s second goal of the season, and first assist for Marin.
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Chelsea held a 63 to 37 possession advantage, but couldn’t translate it into goals.
Perhaps out of frustration, Fernando Torres was issued a yellow card in the 76th after a rough foul on Saints midfielder Maya Yoshida.
Lambert and midfielder Morgan Schneiderin each earned a booking, with the French national picking up his in the 87th.