Sunderland 1 - 3 Chelsea

Match info: Premier League at Stadium of Light

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Halsey Att: 39,273

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Adam Johnson 66



Fernando Torres 11,45+3 (pen)
Juan Mata 49

FT (ht: 0-2)

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  • The final whistle goes and Chelsea have run out 3-1 winners to narrow the gap on second-placed Manchester City to four points and pile more pressure on Martin O'Neill's Sunderland. Next stop Japan for the Club World Cup.

  • Sunderland are given a late chance to grab a lifeline as they win a free-kick just outside the area, and Craig Gardner rattles the crossbar with a tremendous piledriver.

  • Four minutes of stoppage time have been signalled as Petr Cech dives away to his right to tip away a Connor Wickham strike from 20 yards.

  • James McClean provides a wicked low cross from the left wing but Louis Saha is nowhere in sight and Chelsea can usher the ball away to sent off.

  • Some Sunderland supporters are beginning to stream out of the Stadium of Light, having come to the conclusion that Chelsea are not going to be caught here.

  • Juan Mata has a look of resignation on his face as he receives a yellow card from Mark Halsey following a foul on Jack Colback.

  • Chelsea appear to have weathered the storm and Sunderland's fans have gone quiet again as the clock ticks down and there is still a two-goal deficit to make up.

  • Ramires is shown a yellow card by Mark Halsey following a late challenge on Louis Saha in midfield.

  • Frank Lampard lets fly from distance with a dipping effort that Simon Mignolet can take no chances with, as the goalkeeper punches it away to safety.

  • Craig Gardner delivers a cross from the left for Sunderland which is easily claimed by Petr Cech in the centre.

  • Seb Larsson is replaced by Louis Saha for the final stages as Martin O'Neill throws caution to the wind.

  • Frank Lampard makes his return to action following a spell on the sidelines with a calf problem as he comes on in place of Eden Hazard to shore things up for Chelsea.

  • Sunderland are having to commit more bodies forward in search of a goal and that could leave them vulnerable at the back, but Fernando Torres lacks support as he picks up the ball in an advanced area.

  • Chelsea's defenders look nervous now as they unconvincingly deal with a couple of corners in quick succession, before launching a swift break through Ryan Bertrand.

  • Connor Wickham earns a free-kick for Sunderland following a foul by Ashley Cole in a great position just a few yards outside the area, and Petr Cech is forced to pull off a smart stop to prevent Adam Johnson's curling effort from going into the top corner.

  • Eden Hazard shows excellent vision to pick out Juan Mata in the Sunderland area, but the ball does not quite sit down nicely enough for the Spaniard to get in a shot and the hosts can breathe easily again.

  • Branislav Ivanovic is cautioned for a foul on James McClean in midfield that stopped a potentially threatening counter-attack dead in its tracks.

  • David Luiz has had a good game and he excels himself once again with a good headed clearance from Seb Larsson's dangerous cross towards the back post.

  • That Adam Johnson goal has really lifted the crowd and the players are responding as well as they push forward again. Another goal for Sunderland would set up a nerve-jangling finale.

  • Martin O'Neill shuffles his pack for the first time as he brings on Jack Colback for Phil Bardsley, with Seb Larsson taking up the right-back spot for the moment.


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