Chelsea’s very expensive German strikers Timo Werner finally joined the Premier League goal frenzy but a late header by Jan Vestergaard denied them victory.
Vestergaard struck in stoppage time, a glancing header to divert a volley by Theo Walcott past Kepa Arrizabalaga as Southampton fought back to rescue a point at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Frank Lampard’s side were two goals up through Timo Werner but their continuing frailties in defence allowed Saints back into the contest.
Danny Ings and Che Adams hauled the visitors level before Kai Havertz struck what appeared likely to prove the winner at Stamford Bridge, Saint, however, had other ideas.
Timo Werner’s opening goal came after a quarter of an hour, a delightful illustration of his qualities.
First a flash of movement to create space and receive a pass from left-back Ben Chilwell and then a dummy to make Jan Bednarek look as if his feet were cast in cement.
Timo Werner spun and accelerated clear of Bednarek but there was still plenty of work to do. He drove into the penalty area, checked square across a crowd of three recovering defenders, ignored passing options and slammed a low, right-footed shot past McCarthy.
It was his first Premier League goal, a credit to his single-mindedness once he had broken the Saints back line, and his second soon followed.
Jorginho clipped a long pass over the top from midfield and Werner escaped Bednarek with another burst of pace before applying a delightful finish. He lifted the bouncing ball over McCarthy, dashed past the Saints goalkeeper, collected it on the other side and rolled it into an empty net.