• Date: Sat 16 January 2010
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Ref: Foy, C
  • Attendance: 41,776
Chelsea

Chelsea

Anelka (8)

Malouda (17)

Cole (22)

Lampard (34)

Ballack (52)

Anelka (65)

Lampard (90)

7 - 2
Sunderland

Sunderland

Zenden (56)

Bent (90)

Chelsea vs Sunderland

Team Lineups

Chelsea

Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
Ashley Cole (Yuri Zhirkov, 46)
Ricardo Carvalho
John Terry (Rodrigo da Costa Alex, 46)
Juliano Belletti
Frank Lampard
Joe Cole
Michael Ballack
Florent Malouda
Nicolas Anelka

Sunderland

Marton Fulop
Phil Bardsley
George McCartney
Paulo Da Silva
Steed Malbranque (Boudewijn Zenden, 46)
Jordan Henderson
David Meyler
Lorik Cana
Darren Bent
Daryl Murphy (Fraizer Campbell, 73)
Kenwyne Jones

Match Report
Chelsea blitzed hapless Sunderland 7-2 at Stamford Bridge to retain top spot in the Premier League. Goals from Nicolas Anelka (2), Frank Lampard (2) and singles from Florent Malouda, Ashley Cole and Michael Ballack sealed the rout. Sunderland's replies came from Bolo Zenden and Darren Bent. Chelsea last hit seven in a top-flight game against West Bromwich Albion in 1960 when Jimmy Greaves hit five. The goal glut started on eight minutes when Juliano Belletti passed to Ballack who responded with a deft through pass to Anelka who ran into the area, rounded Marton Fulop and slotted home a cool right-footer. Ten minutes later and after a classy build-up, Florent Malouda raced unchallenged to the edge of the Sunderland penalty area and drove home from 20 yards out. Another four minutes passed before Ashley Cole latched on to a long ball by John Terry. The left-back controlled the ball superbly, checked back and lifted the ball sublimely over hapless Fulop. Two minutes later, up popped Lampard to volley home number four after precise set-up play by Anelka to Ashley Cole. Anelka smacked in a shot from 25 yards after 49 minutes which saw Fulop tip the ball on to the crossbar and post before it was cleared. But a rout was on the cards on 52 minutes when Joe Cole sent a deep right-wing cross into the Sunderland six-yard area and Ballack nodded home with ease past Fulop. Within three minutes Sunderland pulled a goal back. Kenwyne Jones nodded the ball to substitute Zenden and the former Chelsea winger rifled home a left-footer from the edge of the penalty area. With 25 minutes still to go, Anelka got hold of the ball punched out by Fulop following Yuri Zhirkov's deep cross and tucked home from 12 yards out into an empty net for number six. On 90 minutes Lampard powerfully headed home an Anelka byline cross from eight yards out. Leading Black Cats scorer Darren Bent breached the Chelsea defence with the last kick of the game with a half-volleyed left footer from three yards out, but it made no difference at all to the final outcome.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The whistle blows for full time

90
Goal
 

Bent scores with practically the last kick of the game to grab another consolation goal for Sunderland

90
Goal
 

Lampard heads the ball into the back of the net to grab his second goal of the game after good play from Anelka

87

Joe Cole plays the ball into the box and Zenden very nearly scores an own goal with a header which scrapes the post

84

Joe Cole heads the ball against the post from a free kick. He should have scored from that position

84

Chelsea are keeping the ball well now as the end of the game approaches and it has been a fine performance from them

81

Lampard's shot is deflected for another Chelsea corner. Ballack heads the ball across the box from the corner but Sunderland manage to clear

79

Lampard's header up in the air is caught by Fulop

78

Chelsea are knocking the ball around with ease at the moment

75

Anelka has a great chance to score but he hits the ball straight at Fulop from six yards out

73

The ball bounces around dangerously in the Sunderland box. Malouda makes a mess of his attempt and the ball deflects off Ballack for a goal kick

72
Substitution
 

Murphy is replaced by Fraizer Campbell

71

Cech comes out a long way to claim the ball and is nearly made to pay for that poor decision. Bad play from Cech

69

Ballack crosses the ball into the box but Paulo Da Silva clears well

66

Zhirkov shoots but his effort is high and wide

65
Yellow Card
 

Bardsley is booked for unsporting behaviour

64
Goal
 

Fulop pushes the ball out from a Chelsea cross straight to the feet of Anelka, who scores his second goal of the game

63

Joe Cole swings a cross in but Fulop does well to come and claim the ball

61

Malouda's ball across the box is brought down by Ballack but the challenge comes in and the ball goes out for a corner

58

Sunderland have had their best spell of the game so far. Zenden is making a difference

55
Goal
 

Zenden scores a very good goal out of nowhere for Sunderland after great work from Jones. Muted celebrations for that one

54

The home fans are loving the tricks on display from their team right now as Chelsea continue to surge forward

51
Goal
 

Belletti does very well to win the ball back in midfield and Ballack fires a header past Fulop after a simple ball in from Joe Cole

51

Malouda breaks into the box but McCartney does very well to stand strong and clear the ball

49

Anelka's shot hits both the post and the bar from 25 yards out. Fulop got a fingertip to that and made a great save

47

Zhirkov bombs into the box but waits a little too long to play the ball and it's cleared for a corner

Second half
 

The second half is underway

45
Substitution
 

John Terry and Ashley Cole have come off for Rodrigo da Costa Alex and Yuri Zhirkov, whilst for Sunderland, Boudewijn Zenden is on for Steed Malbranque

Half time
 

It is half time at Stamford Bridge

43

Joe Cole's shot from a difficult angle is saved comfortably by Fulop

41

Jones heads the ball into the penalty area and Cech denies Murphy from reaching the ball

40

Anelka drives the ball across goal after neat play with Lampard. The striker should have done better there

39

Lorik Cana clears the ball from a Belletti cross but this is exhibition football now from Chelsea

36

Belletti tries his luck from 35 yards out but his effort is wide

35

Anelka has another chance to score and moments after, Ballack's shot comes to nothing, but Chelsea are continuing to press forward

33
Goal
 

Lampard slides the ball in from six yards out from Ashley Cole's cross. Brilliant from Chelsea

32

Fulop saves well from Anelka after he latched onto the end of a long ball

30

Jones runs between two Chelsea players but Juliano Belletti comes across to win the ball

28

Sunderland are, understandably, looking dejected at the moment, with disappointing body language from Jones especially

25

Ashley Cole shoots, looking for another goal, but the ball rebounds off Phil Bardsley

24

Malouda gets involved once again for Chelsea. He has been everywhere for the home team today

21
Goal
 

Another fantastic goal. Ashley Cole drags the ball around the Sunderland defender and clips the ball past Fulop. What a stunning finish that was

21

George McCartney shoots from 30 yards and the ball doesn't go too far over Cech's crossbar

20

Joe Cole plays the ball towards Anelka, who is unlucky not to pick out Lampard with a cushioned header

18

Chelsea could be four goals up already. They really are playing very well

16
Goal
 

Brilliant individual goal from Malouda as he runs through the Sunderland defence and finishes emphatically

15

Malouda takes a corner for Chelsea but Daryl Murphy heads the ball away for Sunderland

13

Jones seems to have picked up a knock but he should be OK to continue

13

Sunderland have a good chance through Darren Bent on the edge of the box but he hits the ball straight at Petr Cech

10

Chelsea are playing very well in front of their home fans. Their fluid, attacking style has been impressive so far

7
Goal
 

Nicolas Anelka opens the scoring for Chelsea after great work from Michael Ballack. A very simple goal for Chelsea

5

Another good chance for Chelsea to score from a Frank Lampard corner. Sunderland look very shaky at the back

3

Joe Cole chips the ball towards the back post. Ashley Cole heads across the box rather than towards goal and wastes a great chance to score

3

Kenwyne Jones battles his way through on the edge of the box but Ricardo Carvalho does well to block his path

1

Branislav Ivanovic clears the ball from a free kick and Chelsea break through Florent Malouda and Joe Cole. The ball gets caught up under Cole's feet and Marton Fulop collects comfortably

Kickoff
 

The game is underway at Stamford Bridge

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Sunderland have an awful record against Chelsea but they might fancy their chances today against a depleted Chelsea team