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Chelsea sink Saints to move top

Chelsea scored two late goals as Thomas Tuchel’s side bounced back from consecutive defeats to beat Southampton 3-1 and move top of the Premier League Saturday.

Trevoh Chalobah put the hosts ahead after nine minutes, swooping at the back post to head in his second of the season after Ruben Loftus-Cheek flicked on Ben Chilwell’s corner.

A dominant Chelsea had the ball in the net on two further occasions in the first half, however Romelu Lukaku was flagged offside and Timo Werner’s header was ruled out following a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta on Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up.

The Blues were punished for not extending their advantage when former Chelsea player Tino Livramento was tripped by Chilwell in the box and James Ward-Prowse fired in the resulting penalty.

However, the visitors could not hold out for a point following the loss of their skipper, whose yellow card was upgraded to a straight red after referee Martin Atkinson viewed the pitchside monitor.

Werner and Chilwell struck in the final six minutes to ensure Chelsea returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge and lead the log after seven games.

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