Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final dress rehearsal against Southampton looked as if it could get embarrassing on 70 minutes but Olivier Giroud’s two-goal contribution hauled them back into the match.
Arsenal were just three points behind their London rivals at kick-off and it looked as if Chelsea’s torrid 2018 was set to continue when Dusan Tadic’s first-half goal and a second half strike from Jan Bednarek put the Saints 2-0 up with just 20 minutes remaining.
That match at Wembley is now Chelsea’s biggest game of the season and the Blues played like a side who had other things on their mind for the first half of the match here.
It looked set to be another bad result for the Blues in the day’s early kick off as Giroud’s strikes, either side of Eden Hazard’s equaliser secured all three points for the West London outfit.
We’ve taken a closer look at the best of the reaction to the performance by the Frenchman, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt…
Giroud is actually class
— Joe Fenwick (@JoeFenwick4) April 14, 2018
Giroud you beautyyyyy
— Dono g (@Dongriff24) April 14, 2018
Is this even a question? Obviously it’s Giroud! https://t.co/UMKGWYF7zW
— Hazman Husni (@hazman92_) April 14, 2018
Giroud the best super-sub ever 🔥🔥🔥
— ♤ (@arradhi_7) April 14, 2018
Conte need to change formation…imagine Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Giroud/Morata on the pitch at the same time
— Henry (@HenryIfeanyiC) April 14, 2018
#tellconte! Giroud should in starting eleven instead of that unfruitful morata
— lawrence karanja maingi (@lawrenc291) April 14, 2018
Good to have giroud or else we lose again n again 😂
— IshikawaChihiro (@QayyumFaiqal_) April 14, 2018