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Raul Meireles takes a shot. Jack Colback gets a block in. Florent Malouda takes a short corner.
Jose Bosingwa is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Dong-Won Ji scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea.Nicklas Bendtner provided the assist for the goal.
Shot from just outside the box by Ahmed Elmohamady goes over the crossbar.
Dong-Won Ji sends in a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Craig Gardner from 20 yards. John Terry gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by John Terry.
Jack Colback delivers the ball, John Terry makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda.
Stephane Sessegnon leaves the field to be replaced by Dong-Won Ji.
Florent Malouda produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Corner taken short by Florent Malouda.
Nicolas Anelka goes off and Oriol Romeu comes on.
Stephane Sessegnon crosses the ball, save made by Petr Cech.
The referee blows for offside against Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Fernando Torres comes on in place of Juan Mata. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Connor Wickham by John Terry. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Ashley Cole sends in a cross, clearance made by Wes Brown.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line, Connor Wickham manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Frank Lampard, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line, clearance made by Nicklas Bendtner.
The ball is swung over by Juan Mata, clearance by Wes Brown.
The referee blows for offside against Connor Wickham. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Headed effort from inside the area by Connor Wickham misses to the left of the target.
Lee Cattermole leaves the field to be replaced by Connor Wickham.
Shot by Lee Cattermole from just outside the area goes over the net.
Jack Colback crosses the ball, Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Florent Malouda replaces Daniel Sturridge. Ahmed Elmohamady joins the action as a substitute, replacing Phillip Bardsley.
Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Jose Bosingwa makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Blocked by Ramires.
The offside flag is raised against Ashley Cole. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Goal scored by Daniel Sturridge from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-2 Chelsea.Assist by Raul Meireles.
Daniel Sturridge decides to take the corner short, drilled left-footed shot by Daniel Sturridge. Blocked by Phillip Bardsley.
The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole, clearance made by Lee Cattermole.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Phillip Bardsley delivers the ball, Craig Gardner takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Kieran Richardson delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sebastian Larsson misses to the left of the goal.
Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Raul Meireles makes a clearance.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Blocked by Ramires.
Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Cattermole.
Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line played to the near post, Nicklas Bendtner manages to make a clearance.
Drilled right-footed shot by Nicolas Anelka. Wes Brown gets a block in.
Jack Colback delivers the ball, save made by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Sebastian Larsson. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Jose Bosingwa produces a cross.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Richardson.
Kieran Richardson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line to the near post, Raul Meireles makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Stephane Sessegnon. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Wes Brown results in a free kick. Nicolas Anelka restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Stephane Sessegnon.
Shot from just outside the box by Ramires misses to the right of the target.
Effort from inside the area by Nicolas Anelka misses to the right of the goal.
Booking for Jack Colback for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Jack Colback. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
John Terry grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Nicolas Anelka. Shot from outside the area by Jose Bosingwa misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Lee Cattermole on Nicolas Anelka, free kick awarded. Juan Mata fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Indirect free kick taken by John Terry.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley.
Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Raul Meireles, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Nicklas Bendtner misses to the left of the goal.
Frank Lampard decides to take the corner short.
Ashley Cole produces a cross, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.
Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Nicklas Bendtner, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Gardner challenges Jose Bosingwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Craig Gardner. John Terry takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, clearance by Kieran Richardson.
Sturridge stunner sinks Sunderland
Chelsea starlet Daniel Sturridge showed Fernando Torres exactly how to do it with an outrageous strike in a 2-1 victory at Sunderland.
With the #50million man sitting on the bench, Sturridge produced an outrageous back-heeled finish to wrap up a comfortable victory at the Stadium of Light.
Skipper John Terry had opened the scoring with an 18th-minute shot after Juan Mata's free-kick had hit the woodwork, but it was left to the former Manchester City man to complete the job in style six minutes after the break with substitute Ji Dong-won's injury-time strike counting for little.
The win extended the Blues' uneaten start to the season and left Sunderland still looking for their first victory and having scored only two goals in five games.
That statistic will not have been lost on the club's fans as news of Asamoah Gyan's loan move to United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain emerged shortly before kick-off, although they will have been buoyed by Nicklas Bendtner's performance on his debut in front of a crowd of 36,699.
All the talk in the hours immediately prior to the game was about strikers and in particular, two who were not involved this afternoon.
Gyan's departure will no doubt have been a topic of conversation between Steve Bruce, Niall Quinn and Ellis Short as manager, chairman and owner met on the pitch before kick-off, and when the team-sheet arrived, Torres, who had scored just once in his previous 21 appearances for Chelsea, was named only among the substitutes.
The upshot was that Bendtner made his first appearance for the Black Cats playing as a lone striker and not alongside the Ghana international, while Juan Mata, Nicolas Anelka and Sturridge lined up in attack for the visitors, for whom Raul Meireles made his debut.
Sunderland might have got off to the perfect start with just 12 minutes gone when Bendtner got his header to a Sebastian Larsson free-kick, but glanced the ball agonisingly wide with keeper Petr Cech rooted to the spot.
However, that proved a rare excursion into enemy territory until a late flurry as Chelsea dominated possession and created a series of chances.
Mata was a livewire as he and full-back Ashley Cole exploited space down the left with Meireles and Frank Lampard prompting from the middle.
The opening goal arrived with 18 minutes gone, although it did so in slightly controversial circumstances with Lee Cattermole unhappy with Anelka's reaction to his challenge 20 yards out.
Mata curled the free-kick over the wall and saw it come back off the post with keeper Simon Mignolet beaten.
But the Black Cats failed to make the most of their escape and when the ball was eventually recycled to Terry beyond the far post, he fired in a shot which was blocked, but Phil Bardsley could only help his follow-up into the roof of the net.
Anelka and Ramires both went close as the Londoners eased into top gear, and it took good blocks from Mignolet and Wes Brown to deny the Frenchman.
Bardsley was fortunate to escape without punishment after he appeared to stamp on Mata as the clock ran down and may yet have to face the repercussions, although his side finished the half in positive fashion.
Stephane Sessegnon forced Cech to beat away a well-struck shot at his near post and Larsson mistimed a header from Kieran Richardson's injury-time cross to at least suggest the contest was not over.
Craig Gardner headed tamely at Cech from another Richardson cross as Sunderland resumed in determined fashion, but the game was effectively over within six minutes as Chelsea hit back.
Anelka had already fired wide after running away from Titus Bramble and Cattermole was relieved to see a volleyed clearance from Cole's cross fly over his own crossbar when the visitors doubled their lead.
Meireles' ball over the top allowed Sturridge to run away from Brown and as Mignolet came to meet him, he audaciously back-heeled his shot past him and into the bottom corner with the former Manchester United defender's efforts to keep it out coming to nothing.
Sunderland might have reduced the deficit with 25 minutes to play when Branislav Ivanovic made a mess of clearing Jack Colback's left-wing cross and the ball fell to Bendtner, but Terry was on hand to block his shot at source.
Anelka forced a 73rd-minute save from Mignolet as the visitors eased into cruise control, and although Ji side-footed home at the death to give the home side some reward for their efforts, the points were safe.
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