December 16, 2017 / 6:02 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Alonso free kick hands Chelsea victory over Southampton

* Chelsea defeated Southampton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge

* Marcos Alonso scored the only goal from a free kick

* Chelsea consolidated third place in the Premier League

* Southampton’s winless run stretched to five matches

* Chelsea visit Everton next; Southampton host Huddersfield Town

CHELSEA 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0

Dec 16 (Reuters) - 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.

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 they were unable to snatch an equaliser.

The result extended a poor run of form for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side, who have now gone five matches without a win in the Premier League and have dropped to 12th in the standings. (Reporting by Matt Westby; editing by Clare Fallon)

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