• Goals scored with the only shots on target
  • Eden Hazard scores his 10th of the season
  • Cesc Fabregas provides 13th assist of campaign

Chelsea missed the chance to tighten their grip on the Premier League title race as they were held to a draw by Southampton at St Mary's.

Sadio Mane gave Saints a deserved early lead but a superb equaliser seconds before half-time set up Jose Mourinho's title pacesetters for a second-half siege.

Chelsea's pressure duly arrived as they dominated possession and attacked constantly - but Southampton showed magnificent organisation and determination to ensure goalkeeper Fraser Forster was not seriously troubled.

Mourinho will have just cause for complaint, however, after referee Anthony Taylor waved away what looked a clear penalty when Cesc Fabregas went down under Matt Targett's challenge, only to receive a caution for diving.

Southampton even survived Morgan Schneiderlin's late sending off, after a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Fabregas.

The roars that rang around St Mary's at the final whistle revealed a mixture of relief at Southampton claiming a point but also admiration for the manner in which their team had dug so deep as Chelsea pressed.

For Chelsea and Mourinho, there was disappointment at the failure to fashion a victory and the casting aside of two points that will open the door a little further for reigning champions Manchester City.

The base of Nemanja Matic and John Mikel Obi provided the platform for Fabregas to play in a more advanced role and he posed problems for Southampton early on.

But Southampton's game plan was clear - manager Ronald Koeman wanted his players to press Chelsea in possession then use the pace of Mane in behind the opposing central defenders when the opportunity arose.

And the ploy worked exactly as Koeman had planned when Saints took the lead after 17 minutes, Mane showing too much pace for John Terry as he collected Dusan Tadic's clever pass before beating keeper Thibaut Courtois with a composed finish.

It gave Southampton impetus and their energy was restricting Chelsea's options until a moment of individual brilliance from Hazard put Mourinho's side level in first-half stoppage time.

Fabregas could claim his 13th Premier League assist of the season with a fine pass but the hard work was done by Hazard, who cut inside before placing a perfect low right-foot shot beyond the reach of Forster.

Chelsea, who introduced Willian for Andre Schurrle at half-time, were infuriated when Fabregas had a penalty appeal rejected after he went down under challenge from Targett.

He looked to have been clipped by the Saints defender, who appeared to lose his footing slightly, but referee Taylor not only refused Chelsea's claims but added insult to injury by showing Fabregas a yellow card for diving.

Southampton's work-rate in the first half had been matched by their defensive discipline and resilience in the second as Chelsea pushed constantly but were unable to get anywhere near troubling Forster.

Even with reduced numbers after Schneiderlin's sending off, Southampton held out and once again showed they are side to be reckoned with this season.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

"One point against Chelsea is worth three points against another opponent. I'm proud of the spirit and organisation.

"I'm disappointed we conceded before half-time, at some moments we were lucky but you need that against these opponents.

"We played with organisation until the last minute and the spirit we showed was unbelievable and we did not make stupid mistakes like we did against City and United.

"The second half was difficult, we fight until the last second and that was the key today.

"We can be very happy with our position in the table, we play good football and the fans love the way we play. We had a difficult two weeks but the spirit is back, the confidence is back.

"It's halfway and if we keep going like this we can fight for a good position."

Southampton fans

It was a sunny but nippy day on the South Coast

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (left) and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

It was the first meeting between Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman in the Premier League

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane made John Terry pay for his hesitancy in the 17th minute

Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Chelsea's Eden Hazard - one of the best players at St Mary's - equalised on the stroke of half-time

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 03 Yoshida Booked (Gardos - 62' )
  • 06 Fonte
  • 17 Alderweireld
  • 33 Targett
  • 08 Davis (Long - 77' )
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 04 Schneiderlin Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 11 Tadic (Ward-Prowse - 58' )
  • 19 Pellè Booked
  • 10 Mané

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 05 Gardos
  • 07 Long
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 27 Isgrove
  • 28 Reed
  • 32 McCarthy

Chelsea

  • 13 Courtois
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 03 Filipe Luis
  • 12 Mikel (Drogba - 74' )
  • 21 Matic Booked
  • 14 Schürrle (Willian - 45' )
  • 04 Fàbregas Booked
  • 10 Hazard
  • 19 Diego Costa (Remy - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cech
  • 05 Zouma
  • 07 Ramires
  • 11 Drogba
  • 18 Remy
  • 22 Willian
  • 28 Azpilicueta
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 31,641

Match Stats

Possession

39 61

Shots

9 7

On target

1 1

Corners

4 6

Fouls

23 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 1, Chelsea 1.

90:00 +5:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Chelsea 1.

90:00 +4:44

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:44

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

90:00 +4:11 Booking

Booking Graziano Pellè (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +4:04

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:04

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

90:00 +3:13

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

90:00 +3:13

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:47

Attempt blocked. Filipe Luis (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

88:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Loïc Remy replaces Diego Costa.

87:59 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) for a bad foul.

87:52

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:52

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

87:09

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Eden Hazard.

85:44

Offside, Southampton. Graziano Pellè tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

85:17

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

84:36

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

80:06

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Florin Gardos.

78:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:03

Delay in match Jose Fonte (Southampton) because of an injury.

76:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Steven Davis.

76:17

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:17

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

75:06

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:06

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

73:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces John Obi Mikel.

73:30

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

72:30

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:30

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

71:01 Booking

Booking Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:56

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:56

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

70:04

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:04

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

65:32

Offside, Chelsea. John Terry tries a through ball, but Willian is caught offside.

64:02

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matt Targett.

63:31

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Filipe Luis.

61:55

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Branislav Ivanovic is caught offside.

61:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Florin Gardos replaces Maya Yoshida.

59:46

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

57:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Dusan Tadic.

56:43 Booking

Booking Maya Yoshida (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:40

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:40

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

56:17

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:17

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

55:20

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

55:20

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:25 Booking

Booking Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

54:21

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) has gone down, but that's a dive.

54:07

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

54:06

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

53:27

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:27

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

49:25

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:25

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

48:57

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:57

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

47:39

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

47:39

Matt Targett (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:30

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

45:30

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Chelsea 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces André Schürrle.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +1:18

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Graziano Pellè with a headed pass.

45:00 +0:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Chelsea 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

43:34

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Maya Yoshida.

41:04

André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:04

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

40:44

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

40:44

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:18

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:18

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

39:40

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:40

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

37:59

Attempt blocked. Matt Targett (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

37:06

Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

37:06

Matt Targett (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:30

Attempt missed. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross following a set piece situation.

35:59

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

35:59

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:14

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

35:14

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:06

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

31:06

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:24 Booking

Booking Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:20

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

30:20

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:02

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:02

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

26:28

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:28

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

24:16

Hand ball by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

23:44

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:44

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

22:50

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Nemanja Matic is caught offside.

21:16

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:16

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

20:37

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

19:05

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

18:22

Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

18:22

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Chelsea 0. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a through ball.

13:33

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by John Terry.

13:29

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross following a corner.

13:04

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

11:58

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:58

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

10:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:11

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

7:44

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

7:03

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

2:48

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

2:48

André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:21

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:21

Foul by Filipe Luis (Chelsea).

1:02

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

1:02

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:37

Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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