Jannik Vestergaard’s last-gasp leveller stole two-goal Timo Werner’s thunder as Southampton battled to a 3-3 Premier League draw at Chelsea.
Defender Vestergaard rifled home in second-half stoppage time as Saints punished Chelsea’s lax defending, with the recalled Kepa Arrizabalaga enduring another day to forget.
‘Turbo Timo’ thought he had won the day by shifting his Chelsea career into top gear, vindicating his £53 million transfer fee to open his Premier League account in style.
Chelsea were cruising at 2-0 after Werner’s brace, only for Danny Ings and Che Adams to exploit glaring errors to draw Saints level at Stamford Bridge.
Kai Havertz then converted Werner’s smart tee-up to put Chelsea back in front, but Chelsea could not hold on and defender Vestergaard forced in the late equaliser.
The out-of-form Kepa’s latest error proved costly, with the Spain stopper colliding with the post when Adams scored his goal – and that after finding himself stranded from Kurt Zouma’s shy back-pass.
Chelsea would have toasted an almost immediate lead at the top of a turbulent afternoon, were it not for Alex McCarthy’s smart goalkeeping.
Ben Chilwell was worked into acres of space and drilled in low towards the corner after a steadying touch.
McCarthy was equal to the low effort however, and Saints escaped unscathed.
Kepa conjured a good save to deny Adams after a smart pass from Walcott, but Saints’ attacking raids were few and far between.
Werner quickly had the ball in the net, heading in from a Chilwell cross, only for the offside flag to deny the Germany striker.
The pacy forward was not to be denied moments later however, conjuring a sumptuous turn off Chilwell’s smart pass to leave the struggling Jan Bednarek for dead.