Joe Aribo’s Southampton stun Chelsea after coming from behind to win 2-1 in the Premier League encounter at Saint Mary Stadium on Tuesday night.
Super Eagles number 10 was dropped into the substitute bench by coach Ralph Hasenhuttl after he made some changes from the starting 11 that played in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend.
Former Manchester City and Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling is Chelsea’s top scorer and got Thomas Tuchel’s side off to a promising start with his third goal in two games thanks to a calm swivel and finish in the 23rd minute.
Romeo Lavia’s powerful long-range strike dragged Southampton level five minutes later with a superb effort beyond Edouard Mendy after Chelsea failed to properly clear a corner.
Adam Armstrong double Southampton lead when Romain Perraud picked former Blackburn Rover striker effort deflected off Kalidou Koulibaly and into the net.
Aribo was introduced to replace the goalscorer Lavia in the 60th minute of the game but Marc Cucurella kept Chelsea in the contest with an incredible goal-line block from Mohamed Elyounoussi’s header.
However, Kai Havertz headed over from six yards when left unmarked as he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross. before Thiago Silva forced to clear Mohammed Salisu’s 73rd-minute header off the line as Saints went close to a third.
Hasenhuttl’s outfit climb to seventh and level on seven points with Chelsea but above them on goals scored.
Chelsea welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge for a London derby on Saturday, while Southampton go to Wolves on the same day.