Sports Desk, Oct 2 (EFE).- Chelsea forward Timo Werner put the ball in the net twice in Saturday’s Premier League match against visiting Southampton and while only one of those goals counted, it was decisive for the Blues in the 3-1 victory.
With 16 points, the London side are top of the table, though Liverpool – on 14 points – could overtake them with a win Sunday over defending champions Manchester City.
Southampton, who have 4 points, sit just above the drop zone in 17th.
The hosts went ahead in the 9th minute on Trevoh Chalobah’s header at the far post with an assist from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who flicked on the Ben Chilwell corner kick.
Romelu Lukaku found the bottom corner in the 36th minute, but the goal was called back for offside.
With four minutes left in the first half, Werner headed-in from close range to make it 2-0, only to see referee Martin Atkinson walk over to the monitor to review the play on the advice of the VAR official.
Atkinson spotted a foul by Cesar Azpilicueta in the buildup and ruled out the goal, outraging the crowd at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel, whose heated protest earned him a yellow card.
The Saints drew level in the 61st minute when James Ward-Prowse converted a penalty after Chilwell fouled Tino Livramento.
Fifteen minutes later, Ward-Prowse made a reckless tackle on Jorginho and Atkinson pulled out a yellow card. A look at the replay convinced the referee to make it red and the visitors went down to 10 men.
Werner restored the lead for Chelsea in the 85th minute with an assist from Azpilicueta.
It was the German’s first goal of the Premier League season.
Azpilicueta and Lukaku each hit the post before Chilwell added the insurance goal in the final minute of regulation. EFE