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Chelsea's French attacker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Three second-half goals in the space of nine minutes from Chelsea turned Southampton’s day from a dream into a nightmare as they were downed 3-2 by the Blues at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Saints looked set to climb out the Premier League’s relegation zone after centre-back Jan Bednarek put them 2-0 up on the hour, with Dusan Tadic having opened the scoring midway through the first half.

They looked remarkably comfortable for much of the game against the defending champions but collapsed when substitute Olivier Giroud rose to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes to go.

Eden Hazard then had time to take a touch and equalise from seven yards in the 75th minute, and three minutes later, Giroud smashed home the winner to complete the turnaround. 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. 

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