Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2 FT
FULL TIME: That's it, game over, Chelsea take all three points to further their chances of retaining the title. The hosts were much the better of the two sides, City came to defend and had no answer when they went behind.
92min: GOAL! Chelsea 2 Man City 0 (Ramires)
That's it, game over. Ramires seals the victory with a stunning solo effort, coursing through the City defence and clipping the ball past the on-rushing Hart. Super goal.
90min: We'll have four minutes added on.
89min: Kolarov goes in the book for a mis-timed slide in on Ramires.
86min: Nope, nowt going on for City who look bereft of ideas with very little time remaining. Johnson floats in a lofted pass, the ball bounces around in the box but Luiz pumps clear.
84min: Terrific defending from Lescott blacks Anelka who looked certain to head home from a couple of yards out. Not sure City have it in them to find an equaliser.
Breakthrough: Chelsea celebrate Luiz's opener
81min: Double change for City: James Milner Yaya Toure come off, on comes Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson.
78min: GOAL! Chelsea 1 Man City 0 (David Luiz)
Finally! Luiz wins a free kick on the touchline, Drogba delivers the dead ball and finds the Brazilian defender near the penalty spot to nod past Hart. So that's now Luiz 2, Torres 0!
75min: Final roll of the dice for Chelsea - Yuri Zhirkov comes on for Saloman Kalou.
70min: Definite shake of the head from Roman Abramovich in the stands as he watches Fernando Torres being substituted. The Spaniard is removed alongside Florent Malouda, with Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka coming on.
69min: We don't like to see that: The ref shows a yellow card to Ramires and some idiot in the crowd shines a green laser on the official's face. In other news, it looks like Drogba and Anelka are about to come on.
67min: Another super chance for City - Dzeko flicks a free kick goalwards and watches as the ball sails past Cech's upright. That was very close.
66min: A (very) rare foray upfield by City: Milner feeds Dzeko who pauses to weight up the options and decides to thwack a shot from 25 yards out which Luiz blocks.
62min: What a chance! Ivanovic leaped into the sky to meet a deep cross, directed a powerful header goalwards but was stunned to see De Jong standing in his way. The Dutchman wouldn't have known much about it, but he made a great block to save what would have been a certain goal.
Down but not out: Terry looked to have injured his ankle but was back in action moments later after some treatment
59min: This game is rather turgid at the moment. Both sides bogged down in midfield, little in the way of an outlet for either side. The frustration boils over for Ivanovic who thumps a speculative drive from 30 yards out high over the bar.
55min: Fear not, Terry's trotted - rather gingerly - back onto the pitch.
54min: Real worry for Chelsea and Fabio Capello watching from the stands. John Terry twists his ankle in a challenge and stays down for some time. The Chelsea and England captian receives some treatment on the pitch then hobbles off the the touchline.
51min: Best chance of the match by miles falls to Florent Malouda. but he slams it straight at Joe Hart. Credit to Kalou who rolled a perfect little ball into his team-mate but ti kind of got caught under Malouda's feet causing him to scuff his chance.
49min: Chelsea start the second half on the front foot, Kalou pings a shot in from just outside the box but its blocked and trickles out for a corner.
SECOND HALF: No changes to neither side, and we're back up and running.
HALF TIME: Chelsea 0 Man City 0
No goals, but plenty of entertainment to keep the interest up. Chelsea have dominated the possession and have fashioned the better chances, more on that in a few minutes.
What's the problem? Fernando's lack of goals is becoming a worry for Chelsea
45min: We'll have one extra minute at the end of this half.
43min: A clash of heads in the box halts the game for a couple of moments. Richards bundles into Kalou and terry, gets up and walks away while the Chelsea pair need treatment.
39min: Richards and Malouda clash, the City defender goes down holding his face and there follows a rather ugly four-on-one as Chelsea shirts swarm round Milner who has fallen on the ball and won't allow it out from underneath his body.
36min: Lots more passing as Chelsea work the ball down the right wing, Ramires rolls the ball into Lampard who looks to sidefoot home from a couple of yards out but Lescott is there to block.
34min: This is a good game, a very open affair with plenty of attacking threat from both sides, but I fear we need a goal. Chelsea almost break the stalemate as Kalou and Torres break, the Spaniard races into the inside left channel but his shot is blocked by Kompany.
31min: Another Lampard shot zooms wide. Its becoming a bit of a theme in this half.
No way through: Torres has failed to hit the mark in the first half
27min: Neat work from James Milner, cutting back inside his marker on the edge of the box he created a chance to shoot but decided to take an extra touch. just enough time for Lampard to close him down.
23min: Another wonderfully crafted move from Chelsea cuts through the heart of the City defence. Lampard zooms in on goal, and Joe Hart makes a super block. but a glance to the touchline shows the assistant had raised his flag as he was just offside.
19min: Handball!? The Chelsea fans massed in the Shed End berate the assistant after Lescott clearly lifts his arm towards the ball in an attempt to block Ramires' cross.
14min: Its all Chelsea at the moment. The Blues are dominating possession and are creating the much better chances. Ashley Cole looks annoyed with himself after leaning back and striking high over the bar.
12min: Super chance for Chelsea to break the deadlock goes missing as Ramires stumbles over one of his team-mates in the box! The Brazilian skipped into the box but Kalou had fallen over just ahead of him and blocked the scoring chance as he was about to pull the trigger.
7min: Ooof! A robust sliding tackle from Essien sends Dzeko crashing to the ground. A clumsy effort from the Chelsea midfielder who stumbled and skipped, studs up into the City forward's shins.
Midfield tussle: Lampard battles with De Jong at Stamford Bridge
6min: Fine save! Yaya Toure finds some space and pings a low drive in from 25 yards out which Cech does well to palm away from danger.
4min: A lively start from both sides. Essien breaks up a City attack and finds Ivanovic out wide - his cross angles towards Torres in the box by Lescott steps out to clear the danger.
KICK OFF: Here we go, then. Chelsea, resplendent in Blue kick towards the Shed End, City shoot towards the Matthew Harding stand in their white third kit.
15.58pm: We'll observe a period of silence before today's game as a mark of respect for those suffering in Japan.
15.53: We get our first glimpse of the new England captain John Terry as he leads his side up the tunnel. The PA blasts out the reggae stylings of Harry J Allstars - Liquidator. Tune.
15.47pm: Someone in the office today mentioned that this game was the Cash Clash. While I berated my colleague for the facile pun, I am now made to eat humble pie as this is the most expensive game ever played. The two sides cost a combined total of ?501m, outstripping the previous high of ?485m when Barcelona faced Real Madrid in 2009.
Just Fab: Capello runs the rule over his new captain, John Terry
15.40pm: Stamford Bridge team news: Carlos Tevez has failed a late fitness test and Mario Balotelli has been dropped to the bench as Manchester City started with Edin Dzeko as a lone striker for today's crucial game at Chelsea.
The home side have recalled Salomon Kalou alongside Fernando Torres, with manager Carlo Ancelotti keeping his word to rotate his strikers.
David Luiz, Michael Essien and Florent Malouda also return for Chelsea, while City midfielder James Milner starts for the first time since February's Manchester derby.
FULL TIME: Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2
All over, three points go to Liverpool who were much the better side in the second half, but it was the intervention of the ref in the first 45 minutes which helped the Reds on the way to this victory.
The decision to award a penalty when the infringement had clearly taken place outside the box will be the talking point.
Chelsea v Man City - teamsChelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Torres, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Drogba, Mikel, Bosingwa, Zhirkov, Ferreira, Anelka.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Barry, Milner, Dzeko, Silva. Subs: Taylor,Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, Boateng, Vieira, Boyata, Balotelli.
Referee: Chris Foy
90min: We'll have four minutes added on.
89min: Luis Suarez goes down holding the inside of his thigh, the physio comes on and after a brief chat, decides to walk the little Uruguayan off the pitch. He doesn't looks seriously injured , just coming off as a precaution.
88min: It's that stage of the game now, Liverpool fans sing You'll Never Walk Alone with real gusto as the Sunderland fans head to the exits in their droves.
84min: Suarez takes the free kick and curls wide. Liverpool make another change, Raul Meireles is hooked for Maxi Rodriguez.
81min: RED CARD! John Mensah.
Long kick from Reina, Suarez and Mensah tangle feet. Ref gives nothing, assistant waves his flag which gives the official in the middle no option but to send the Ghanaian off. Letter of the law said he had to go as he was the last defender, but Suarez was miles from goal.
77min: Sunderland 0 Liverpool 2 (Luis Suarez)
From the tightest of angles, Suarez smashes the ball inside Mignolet into the back of the net to seal all three points for Liverpool. The keeper hugged his near post but dived out under the shot, expecting the Uruguayan to cross the ball. Real quality.
All smiles: Dalglish and Carroll share a joke as the striker comes off late in the second half
75min: Gyan throws himself theatrically to the ground, doing his level best to win a penalty. On this occasion, the referee shakes his head and tells the Ghanaian to get up.
72min: 'What a waste of money' scream the Sunderland fans as Carroll is hooked by Dalglish, replaced by David Ngog - of all people. Far from being a waste of money, Caroll has run the line and made areal nuisance of himself today.
71min: Gyan dispossess Spearing down near the corner flag and chips a cross in with the outside of his boot into the box. Elmohamady does his best to meet it, but the ball zooms harmlessly across goal.
69min: Kuyt goes in the book for a poorly timed slide on Cattermole.
67min: Suarez is booked for throwing some rather choice words at the assistant. Naughty.
66min: Two corners, two headers but no goals for Sunderland. The hosts are starting to really dominate this game but are struggling for end product.
61min: Final roll of the dice for Bruce: He swaps Danny Welbeck for Ahmed Elmohamady.
59min: Neatness from Liverpool on the edge of the Sunderland box. Kuyt and Suarez exchange passes and the Dutchman clips a wicked little ball into the six yard area but it's just too far in front of Carroll.
55min: Oooof! Suarez's right-foot shy bounces millimetres wide of Mignolet's upright.
54min: More drama. Liverpool break clear three-on-three, Bramble pulls Carroll down and Meireles slaps the loose ball high over the bar as Mignolet sprinted off his line. Intriguingly, the ref brings play back to the foul on the Liverpool striker. Steve Bruce is apoplectic in his technical area. Great position for Suarez, dead centre, about 25 yards out. If this goes in bruce will probably explode.
Flashpoint: The referee first awards Liverpool a freekick then a penalty
51min: Off the line! Carroll's downward header from a corner beats Mignolet but Cattermole is there to hoof clear.
49min: Bright start to the second half from Liverpool: Glen Johnson's burst into the box was only just halted before he could get a shot away. And Luis Suarez showed real tenacity to win a corner.
SECOND HALF: We're back underway at the Stadium of Light. I wonder if referee Kevin Friend saw a replay of the penalty he awarded in the first half? If he did, we can expect some decisions to go the hosts' way over the next 45 minutes.
HALF TIME: Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1
The hosts have dominated the first half but find themselves behind after a pretty poor decision from referee Kevin Friend and his assistant. The decision to award a penalty only after some barracking from the Liverpool players was compounded by the fact the foul was committed outside the box. More in a bit.
45min: We'll have three additional minutes added on at the end of the first half.
44min: Lee Cattermole goes in the book for a late lunge on Suarez.
41min: Waaaaaay! The Sunderland fans boom their delight as Carroll heads over the bar. The Liverpool striker will be sorely disappointed - that was a fabulous opportunity from 10 yards out.
Penalty? Spearing fouled well outside the box, but the ref awarded a spot kick
36min: Very nearly goal two for Liverpool: Suarez's low shot from a tight angle was well palmed away by Mignolet. Carroll won the loose ball but headed straight into the turf, the ball bounced harmlessly into the 'keeper's hands.
32min: GOAL! Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1 (Dirk Kuyt)
Kuyt rolls the ball into the left hand corner, sending Mignolet the wrong way. The boos ring out as the home fans show their displeasure at the ref to give a penalty. Replays show the initial contact was outside the box.
30min: PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Controversy! Mensah makes a mess of a long ball, allowing Jay Spearing to skip through and drags him down on the edge of the box. The ref initially gives a free kick, but the assistant changed his mind and gave the spot kick. Dirk Kuyt stands over it.
26min: Half an opening for Sunderland is snuffed out by some excellent covering work by Jamie Carragher. Malbranque's cute little through-ball almost finds its way through to Welbeck but Carragher skipped across and shielded the ball back to Reina.
22min: The Sunderland players are dropping like flies. Now Kieran Richardson comes hobbling off to be replaced by Steed Malbranque.
Stalemate: Chances have been few and far between in the first half
19min: Sulley Muntari's taken a knock and is replaced by Lee Cattermole who makes his first appearance in three months following his back injury.
17min: That's more like it! Sunderland work the ball down the left, Welbeck whips in a dangerous cross through the six-yard box, Gyan just failed to connect. Mensah is then caught in possession and Suarez booms up field, he feeds Carroll who dallies when an instant return would have opened up a wonderful opportunity for the Uruguayan.
15min: Suarez is fouled on the right, Meireles whips in the cross, but Agger is penalised for a push in the box. Quarter of an hour gone and we are still waiting for our first meaningful shy on goal.
11min: The hosts are having the better of it so far. Welbeck just did very well to skip through the challenges but stumbled at the key moment which allowed Skrtel to clear.
9min: Is it just me, or does anyone else find 'people in the North East really enjoy football' banter patronising? Kevin Phillips notes the quiet atmosphere at the Stadium of Light but backs the home fans to turn up the volume, because 'people in the North East really enjoy football.'
All action: Suarez chases down Mensah in the opening stages at the Stadium of Light
5min: Chance for Carroll! The ?35m man is being booed with his every touch, but he very nearly rammed it back down the Sunderland fans' throats after his header from five yards out was well blocked.
4min: Jordan Henderson harasses and harries Daniel Agger down by the corner flag, the Dane eventually boots out for a throw in.
KICK OFF: Sunderland get us underway in their red and white stripes - Liverpool play in their black and yellow third strip.
1.25pm: Players and officials are making their way out on to the pitch, we'll have a period of silence ahead of kick-off as a mark of respect for those suffering in Japan.
1.18pm: Quelle surprise, Asamoah Gyan says Suarez isn't a very popular person in Ghana after that handball at the World Cup. More on the here.
1.11pm: More team news: Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez have both been named in the Liverpool starting line-up.
Suarez replaces Joe Cole in one of three changes to the side which went out of the Europa League on Thursday evening as Daniel Agger and Jay Spearing also comes in for Danny Wilson and Maxi Rodriguez.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has made just one change to the side which drew 0-0 at Arsenal last time out as Danny Welbeck is handed a first start since January 5 following his knee injury, with Steed Malbranque dropping to the bench.
Sunderland v Liverpool - teams Sunderland: Mignolet, Ferdinand, Bramble, Mensah, Bardsley,Sessegnon, Henderson, Muntari, Richardson, Welbeck, Gyan. Subs:Gordon, Zenden, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Cattermole, Colback,Onuoha.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Spearing, Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, Ngog, Poulsen, Wilson.
Referee: Kevin Friend
1.07pm: So, both teams in today's earlier kick off could really do with a win. King Kenny's assault on Europe came to a premature end and Sunderland are winless in their last five outings.
But Sunderland's hopes of victory have been cut by the departure of Bent, the Black Cats have scored just three goals in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool - all of them were bagged by Bent.
1.01pm: Early team news: Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll start up front for Liverpool.
1pm: Afternoon everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clashes between Sunderland and Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Liverpool's revival under Kenny Dalglish hit the buffers on Thursday night as they tumbled out of the Europa League, leaving the Anfield giants needing to finish fifth if they are to play European football next season.
Three valuable points at the Stadium of Light will close the gap on Champions League chasing Tottenham who currently occupy that berth.
Sunderland are safe for another season, no mean feat considering they lost their top scorer Darren Bent in January, it should be a corker.
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