Alonso gives Chelsea 1-0 win

Marcos Alonso scored the only goal of the game in the first half as Chelsea consolidated its third spot in the Premier League.

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso celebrates after scoring via a free-kick on Saturday.   -  AP

Chelsea consolidated third place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, thanks to a Marcos Alonso goal. Alonso scored the only goal of the game by curling a long-range free kick past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner in the third minute of first-half injury time.

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Chelsea dominated the match for long periods and would have won by a greater margin had Forster not made a string of impressive saves. Southampton improved after sending on Charlie Austin for Manolo Gabbiadini in the second half but it was unable to snatch an equaliser.

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The result extended a poor run of form for Mauricio Pellegrino's side, which has now gone five matches without a win in the Premier League and have dropped to 12th in the standings.

Chelsea has moved on to 38 points, level with second-placed Manchester United, which visits West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

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