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Sunderland   2 - 4   Chelsea

Chelsea's John Terry celebrates his goal
Chelsea's Terry celebrates his goal during a thrilling match

By Saj Chowdhury

Chelsea kept in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester United with a thrilling victory at Sunderland.

Phil Bardsley gave the home side the lead from 20 yards before Ashley Cole was fouled by Ahmed Elmohamady and Frank Lampard levelled from the spot.

Salomon Kalou slotted in to hand Chelsea the lead but Kieran Richardson restored parity with a low free-kick.

John Terry smashed in the Blues' third after the break before Nicolas Anelka nudged in during stoppage time.

The win meant that Chelsea remain 10 points adrift of pacesetters Manchester United and they increased the gap between themselves and fifth-placed Tottenham.

But the Stamford Bridge side were made to work hard for the three points during a contest which felt as exhausting to watch as it must have been to play in.

It was first blood to the Black Cats in the ding-dong clash when Bardsley, a right-footer playing on the left, collected the ball from just inside his own half and sped up to the edge of the area before launching an effort which appeared to confuse Petr Cech in goal.

The Blues, without new big-money signings Fernando Torres and David Luiz, relied on their old guard to dig them out of an early hole.

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Anelka had a shot blocked by Anton Ferdinand and Lampard fizzed an angled shot wide before Chelsea finally equalised.

The goal came from the penalty spot after Elmohamady climbed over Cole as they fought to get to Michael Essien's dinked delivery. Lampard stepped up to fire in his fifth of the campaign.

Chelsea seized the moment and ratcheted up the pressure on the Black Cats' defence.

Midway through the half they took the lead when Bardsley did his best to divert the loose ball into the path of a team-mate but instead found Anelka who played in Kalou. The Ivorian, who scored after coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against Everton at the weekend, got to the ball before the fast-approaching Craig Gordon and poked in.

The lead lasted fractionally longer than three minutes. Elmohamady partially atoned for his earlier misdemeanour by winning the free-kick which led to Richardson's fizzing shot which left Cech, once again, rooted to the spot.

Any fears the viewing public had of a slower-paced second half were gloriously dismissed within the first few minutes of the restart.

But rather than the end-to-end action of the first half, much of the entertainment took place in the Sunderland third.

The Blues had missed Lampard's influence and goals during the first period of the season but it was the England midfielder who led the Blues charge.

He stung Gordon's palms on no fewer than four occasions - and it was the third of these which led to another Chelsea goal.

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Drogba's corner was headed out by Terry and brilliantly volleyed back in by Lampard. The Sunderland keeper could only push the ball back to Terry, whose volley bounced into the ground before looping over the 6ft 4in Scot.

There were still 20 minutes remaining but the pace refused to relent. Kalou should have scored his second of the night after he was released by Anelka but his side-foot effort from inside the area struck both posts before spinning away from the goalmouth.

With 10 minutes left, the players finally began to run out of steam.

Sunderland brought on midfielders Jack Colback and Jordan Cook to add some freshness to the side but it was their wilting defence that suffered at the end.

Chelsea substitute Florent Malouda marauded down the left, beat two challenges and pulled the ball back for Anelka, who cheekily nudged in his side's fourth.

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 2-4 Chelsea FT
(HT 2-2)
  • Bardsley 4
  • Richardson 26
  • Lampard (pen) 15
  • Kalou 23
  • Terry 60
  • Anelka 90+3

Sunderland

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: HalseyAtt: 37,855
SUNDERLAND
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Sunderland 33%
  • Chelsea 67%

Attempts on target

  • Sunderland 3
  • Chelsea 14

Attempts off target

  • Sunderland 1
  • Chelsea 7

Corners

  • Sunderland 0
  • Chelsea 6

Fouls

  • Sunderland 10
  • Chelsea 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:20 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+4:27 Foul by Jordan Henderson on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Branislav Ivanovic takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+2:52 Assist by Florent Malouda.
  • 90:00+2:52 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaSunderland 2 - 4 Chelsea Nicolas Anelka scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-4 Chelsea.
  • 90:00+1:49 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Titus Bramble. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 89:48 Substitution Paulo Ferreira comes on in place of Jose Bosingwa.
  • 86:58 Substitution Jordan Cook on for Nedum Onuoha.
  • 86:12 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
  • 83:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on Jose Bosingwa. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
  • 83:12 Booking Branislav Ivanovic receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:42 Booking The referee shows Kieran Richardson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 80:41 Substitution Jack Colback joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steed Malbranque.
  • 80:41 Substitution Salomon Kalou goes off and Florent Malouda comes on.
  • 79:50 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
  • 78:47 Jose Bosingwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Henderson. Jordan Henderson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 77:01 Asamoah Gyan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:34 Substitution Ramires on for Mikel.
  • 72:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Ashley Cole. Free kick crossed by Didier Drogba, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 71:25 John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
  • 69:08 Salomon Kalou is caught offside. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 67:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
  • Correction - 66:32 Effort from inside the area by Salomon Kalou hits the post.
  • 66:32 Salomon Kalou produces a right-footed shot from inside the box and strikes the post.
  • 65:48 Nedum Onuoha fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:22 Steed Malbranque gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 63:58 Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
  • 63:26 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
  • 62:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Nedum Onuoha. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 59:55 Inswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba from the left by-line played to the near post, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
  • 59:55 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
  • Correction - 59:36 Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
  • 59:36 Frank Lampard provided the assist for the goal.
  • 59:36 GOAL - John TerrySunderland 2 - 3 Chelsea John Terry finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea.
  • 59:10 John Terry takes a shot. Blocked by Phillip Bardsley.
  • 58:37 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
  • 57:20 Effort on goal by Ashley Cole from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 56:51 The ball is sent over by Jose Bosingwa, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 54:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
  • 53:57 Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Jose Bosingwa results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 53:57 Booking Didier Drogba receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 53:15 The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, John Terry makes a clearance.
  • 51:52 Salomon Kalou is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
  • 51:08 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
  • 48:27 Corner from left by-line taken by Didier Drogba.
  • 48:02 Jose Bosingwa sends in a cross.
  • 46:24 The referee blows for offside. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:10 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+0:55 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 43:31 The assistant referee flags for offside against Didier Drogba. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:58 Jose Bosingwa produces a cross, Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
  • 41:41 Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • 40:37 The ball is sent over by Salomon Kalou.
  • 38:18 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
  • 38:08 Salomon Kalou sends in a cross, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
  • 36:46 Effort from inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the right of the goal.
  • 36:12 Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot.
  • 35:33 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line.
  • 35:20 Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
  • 32:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 30:57 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 28:59 Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
  • 25:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Ahmed Elmohamady.
  • 25:56 GOAL - Kieran RichardsonSunderland 2 - 2 Chelsea Kieran Richardson finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-2 Chelsea.
  • 24:15 Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, clearance by John Terry.
  • 22:31 Nicolas Anelka provided the assist for the goal.
  • 22:31 GOAL - Salomon KalouSunderland 1 - 2 Chelsea Salomon Kalou finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea.
  • 21:23 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 20:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:02 Effort on goal by Mikel from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 17:37 Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 17:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 15:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicolas Anelka on Steed Malbranque. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
  • 14:30 GOAL - Frank LampardSunderland 1 - 1 Chelsea Frank Lampard scores a power penalty. Sunderland 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 13:46 Ahmed Elmohamady challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
  • 12:29 Foul by Steed Malbranque on Nicolas Anelka, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Nicolas Anelka.
  • 11:30 Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 9:53 Frank Lampard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save made by Craig Gordon.
  • 9:42 The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 8:50 A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba.
  • 4:33 Didier Drogba takes a inswinging corner.
  • Correction - 3:21 GOAL - Phillip BardsleySunderland 1 - 0 Chelsea Phillip Bardsley scores a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 3:21 Steed Malbranque provided the assist for the goal.
  • 3:21 GOAL - Phillip BardsleySunderland 1 - 0 Chelsea Phillip Bardsley scores a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 2:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Ahmed Elmohamady. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:46 Jose Bosingwa challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 24 32 54
2 Arsenal 24 27 49
3 Man City 24 17 45
4 Chelsea 24 25 44
5 Tottenham 23 6 38
6 Sunderland 25 2 37
7 Liverpool 24 0 32
8 Blackburn 24 -6 31
9 Newcastle 23 3 30
10 Stoke 23 0 30
11 Bolton 24 -1 30
12 Blackpool 23 -7 28
13 Aston Villa 25 -15 28
14 Everton 24 -3 27
15 Fulham 24 -1 26
16 West Brom 24 -14 26
17 Birmingham 22 -10 23
18 Wigan 25 -19 23
19 Wolves 23 -17 21
20 West Ham 24 -19 21

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