Michael Obafemi scored a superb solo goal as Southampton stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Republic of Ireland international Obafemi opened the scoring for the Saints just after the half hour mark in their 2-0 win in London, netting his first Premier League goal in a year.
His goal also makes him the youngest player to score a Premier League goal away at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea since James Vaughan for Everton in May 2007.
Nathan Redmond doubled the visitors’ lead in the 73rd minute to stun Frank Lampard’s hosts, sealing the Saints’ fourth league victory in their last six matches.
Obafemi was handed a surprise start at Stamford Bridge, with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl electing to rest the in-form Danny Ings, while Shane Long was also dropped.
In the 31st minute, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg picked out Obafemi with a crisp low pass from the right channel after Chelsea surrendered possession far too easily.
Obafemi collected the ball 30 yards out with his back to goal.
The Irish striker opened his body up with his first touch, turning to run directly at the Chelsea defence.
Obafemii cut inside onto his left foot, leaving Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma in his wake.
The teenager then curled a sumptuous strike into the top corner past Kepa Arrizabalaga from 20 yards to score his first league goal of the season in emphatic style.
Obafemi goal Chelsea vs Southampton new 1-0 Southampton pic.twitter.com/qp3nwQCyWa
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Chelsea searched for a way back into the game, but it was the away side who grabbed the game’s second goal.
Redmond hooked the ball over Kepa at the back post with 17 minutes remaining to apply the finishing touch to a flowing Southampton move.
Victory lifts the Saints up to 14th in the table, three points clear of the relegation zone.
Chelsea remain in fourth place on 32 points, but top four rivals Spurs and Manchester United have closed the gap to three and four points respectively following their own victories on St. Stephen’s Day.
Spurs beat Brighton 2-1 in North London, with United thumping Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford.
19y 173d – Aged 19 years and 173 days, Michael Obafemi is the youngest player to score a Premier League goal away at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea since James Vaughan for Everton in May 2007 (18y 303d). Silenced. #CHESOU pic.twitter.com/VDURXua67o
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2019