Chelsea crashed to a shocking 2-1 defeat to Southampton as their shaky start to the Premier League season deteriorated on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel’s side blew the lead at St Mary’s after Raheem Sterling gave them the lead midway through the first half.
England forward Sterling scored his third goal in two games with a close attack in the 23rd minute.
But Chelsea had wasted many chances for Sterling’s opener and, not for the first time in Tuchel’s reign, their riotous finish came back to haunt them.
Romeo Lavia equalized in the 28th minute with his first goal for Southampton, curling home from the edge of the area after Chelsea failed to clear a corner.
Adam Armstrong gave Southampton the lead just before half-time when he took the pass from Romain Perraud and drove a deflected shot past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea, who were beaten 3-0 at Leeds in their previous away game, were unable to react as they slipped to a second defeat of their last three games.
With just two wins from their first five games, the Blues are already five points behind leaders Arsenal, who will play their game in hand against Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Despite a significant end-of-season spending boom, which is expected to continue with several more signings ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, Chelsea are currently struggling to find sustained momentum.
While it’s too early to write them out of the title race, Tuchel will be concerned about his team’s latest sloppy display – with significant mistakes on both sides of the field – which they have already publicly criticized after the loss to Leeds.
– Everton frustrated –
Everton’s wait for a first win this season continues after Luis Sinisterra’s first league goal for Leeds earned a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Frank Lampard’s team continued as Alex Iwobi’s penetrating pass was shot through Diego Llorente’s legs by Anthony Gordon, whose clinical finish capped off an excellent move in the 17th minute.
But Colombian winger Sinisterra marked his first start for Jesse Marsch’s men in a memorable way with a composed close of Brenden Aaronson’s pass in the 55th minute.
Fulham ended Brighton’s undefeated start to the season with a 2-1 win over Craven Cottage to take them to sixth place.
Fourth-seeded Brighton had won three of their first four games but Marco Silva’s newly promoted side broke the deadlock in the 48th minute with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s fifth goal this season.
Neeskens Kebano provided the pass and Serbia striker Mitrovic tapped the far post for his 100th league goal for the Cottagers.
Fulham doubled their lead seven minutes later when Brighton defender Lewis Dunk diverted a cross from Andreas Pereira into his own net.
Alexis Mac Allister converted a 60-minute penalty for Brighton after Pervis Estupinan fouled Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
Yoane Wissa’s late leveler saved Brentford in their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Wilfried Zaha showed why Arsenal and Chelsea are associated with him when the Ivory Coast forward gave Palace the lead with a brilliant attack from the edge of the area in the 59th minute.
But Wissa went unmarked to equalize with a close-range header in the 88th minute.