Sunderland secure all-important Blues win

Sunderland took a massive step away from relegation after coming from behind to record a thrilling 3-2 win over Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

  • Sunderland 3 Chelsea 2
  • Khazri rocket cancels out Costa opener
  • Matic strikes just before half-time
  • Borini and Defoe rescue it for the hosts
  • Terry sees red after picking up second yellow

Match Summary

The Black Cats needed a result to have hope of avoiding the drop, but fell behind early on when Gary Cahill’s intended return pass for Eden Hazard took a deflection to give Diego Costa an opportunistic opening goal.

Sunderland drew level thanks to a fantastic volley from Wahbi Khazri, but let themselves down just before halftime when some slack defending allowed Nemanja Matic to put the Blues back in front in the third minute of first-half added time.

The hosts then rescued the game, and possibly their whole season, later in the second half with two goals in the 67th and 70th minutes, with former Chelsea youngster Fabio Borini drawing them level before Jermain Defoe struck a winner just three minutes later.

The result sees Sunderland climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of Newcastle United.

Full Report

The Black Cats made an energetic start to the game without really threatening their visitors, and it was the Blues who had the first eye at goal in the 11th minute when Eden Hazard linked up with César Azpilicueta to break clear down the left flank and pull it back into the centre for Willian, but the Brazilian’s effort was an easy save for Vito Mannone in goal.

Chelsea needed a little bit of luck to open the scoring, with Hazard starting an attacking move and looking to play a one-two with Gary Cahill, who was up near the opposition’s box. The centre-back’s return pass was intercepted by a defender, but the deflection placed it right in the path of Diego Costa, who complied with a cool finish.

Sunderland struggled to mount many decent attacks after going behind, but came closest to an equaliser in the 25th minute when Jermain Defoe’s cross from the left-hand side of the box found DeAndre Yedlin at the far post, but the American’s header was straight at Thibaut Courtois.

The home side got their equaliser through a fantastic strike from Wahbi Khazri after a move which started with a deep free kick lofted into the Chelsea box. The Blues defence failed to properly clear, with the ball bouncing around the box before falling for Khazri to strike a fierce volley into the back of the net.

WHAT A GOAL! @wahbi_mal celebrates his contender for goal of the season! #SAFC #hawaythelads #SUNCHE

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Chelsea did have their second soon afterwards, and just before the halftime break, when some poor defending allowed Azpilicueta’s header to fall for Nemanja Matic to slot home, giving the Blues the lead at halftime.

Sunderland came close to scoring just after the break when Yedlin sent a ball into the box from the right flank that Defoe was close to getting a touch, but couldn’t quite reach it. A minute later and Hazard slipped Costa through on goal, but Mannone came out to make himself big and deny the Spain international.

Sunderland then came from behind later on in the second half, with former Chelsea prodigy Fabio Borini beating Courtois from the edge of the box, with the help of a deflection off John Terry, after Patrick van Aanholt laid it off for him.

The Black Cats then took the lead soon afterwards through Defoe, with Yedlin’s cross taking a deflection off the defender before reaching the striker, who did well to bring it under control before blasting it into the back of the net.

John Terry then got his second yellow card just before the final whistle after a reckless lunge at Khazri, but the final whistle sounded soon afterwards, with the Sunderland fans celebrating after watching their side claw their way out of the bottom three.