Sunday April 7, 2013 Day 32 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - 1 Sunderland

  • Kilgallon 47’ (o.g.)
  • Ivanovic 55’
  • Azpilicueta 45’ (o.g.)

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  1. Premier League - Chelsea overturn Di Canio's Sunderland

    Premier League - Chelsea overturn Di Canio's Sunderland

    Paolo Di Canio's first game as Sunderland manager ended in a 2-1 Premier League defeat in a game of three freak goals. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Sunderland
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    • 90+6' There's the final whistle! Di Canio's first game as Sunderland manager ends in defeat as Chelsea return to third!
    • 90+5' Torres tries to end with a flourish but flashes his shot over.
    • 90+4' Was that a passback? Azpilicueta slices a high ball back to Cech - the goalkeeper takes a touch then picks it up. Referee Swarbrick says no passback.
    • 90+3' OK, we're back under way, but we'll have an extra minute of stoppage time.
    • 90+2' N'Diaye is down injured after Luiz boots the ball into his face! It looked funny, but Sunderland need to make sure the midfielder is OK before we can continue.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of stoppage time to play.
    • 90' Oh, that's a hopeless cross from Bardsley - straight out for a goal kick, which Chelsea take short.
    • 89' Finally some noise! It comes to greet Frank Lampard, who replaces Juan Mata with a minute plus stoppage time to play.
    • 89' Cech punches the corner clear, McClean scuffs the ball back in and Benayoun clears for a throw.
    • 88' OK, here we go - Sunderland win a corner off Juan Mata. Can they make it pay?
    • 87' Nothing doing there for Sunderland. Di Canio perhaps realising the sheer gutlessness of his squad's attack.
    • 86' Johnson wins a free-kick 40 yards from goal on the right side... a bit fortunate to win that.
    • 85' Chelsea change: Yossi Benayoun on for Eden Hazard.
    • 84' There's just no spark from Sunderland. Hard to see where an equaliser is coming from.
    • 82' Sunderland change: Jack Colback replaces Craig Gardner.
    • 82' N'Diaye overhits a pass and that's another Sunderland attack that grinds to a halt.
    • 81' It's a strangely passionless encounter this one. Not much atmosphere and very little goalmouth action.
    • 79' Wickham comes back on, dabbing his face with cotton wool. Wouldn't be a surprise if he has a broken nose.
    • 78' Meanwhile, there are some birds pottering about on the pitch. Ivanovic chases them off. Scary man.
    • 77' Wickham goes down after catching an arm in the face from Luiz. The replay looks.... well, it doesn't look entirely innocent from the Chelsea defender. Hard to prove intent but that wasn't great.
    • 75' McClean heads to Wickham inside the box, but the ball is whisked away by a Chelsea foot. Sunderland just too ponderous.
    • 74' The noise level has dropped - Sunderland are starting to cause the home side one or two problems as they search for an equaliser.
    • 73' McClean sprints at Azpilicueta but it's a pretty guileless run and the Chelsea man easily takes the ball off him.
    • 72' McClean charges down an Azpilicueta clearance, and the ball goes out off the Spaniard for a Sunderland throw.
    • 71' James McClean is on for Sebastian Larsson, who can have no complaints. Minimal impact from him today.
    • 70' Adam Johnson! Beats Mikel and tries to curl the ball into the far left-hand corner but he sends it wide! That was a real chance.
    • 70' Meanwhile James McClean is about to come on for Sunderland as they look to inject a bit of spark.
    • 69' Luiz is going to try to soldier on, it seems... he doesn't look at all comfortable though.
    • 68' Rafa Benitez is talking to John Terry ahead of his introduction - it looks like Luiz cannot continue.
    • 67' Luiz's boot is off. Without wishing to scaremonger, it looked like the kind of studs-on-foot impact that can lead to metatarsal injuries.
    • 66' David Luiz is receiving treatment on a foot complain follwoing a challenge with Craig Gardner.
    • 65' Bardsley with a chance to cross from the Sunderland right - but he wastes it, propelling the ball disappointingly into Ramires.
    • 64' Torres wins a throw wide on the Chelsea left. it's all too easy for them right now.
    • 62' Hazard stays down after a Rose challenge - referee Swarbrick plays advantage, but then books Rose. It was late and he can have little complaint.
    • 61' Oscar! Mignolet punches the corner weakly, the ball drops to the Brazilian and he flahses it into the side netting!
    • 60' Ramires finds the jinking Mata on the right side of the box... his shot takes a deflection and Mignolet helps it behind for a corner.
    • 59' Chelsea come forward looking for a third goal that would almost certainly kill the game, and Rose slides in to clear for a throw.
    • 57' Well, this has all gone horribly wrong for Sunderland. They're not exactly a side built to chase games, but that is what they have to do now.
    • 56' Ivanovic will no doubt claim he knew exactly what he was doing there, guiding the ball in with his heel. But to be frank it looked like he was trying to get his foot out of the way.
    • 55' GOAL! Chelsea lead 2-1 thanks to another freak goal! David Luiz's shot takes a touch off Ivanovic and beats Mignolet!
    • 54' Strong defending from N'Diaye, who holds Hazard off with one arm as the Belgian attempts to twist into the box.
    • 53' N'Diaye slightly underhits his pass inside to Sessegnon and an alert David Luiz steps in to intercept.
    • 52' And incidentally, that's Matt Kilgallon's first Premier League own goal. Welcome to the club, big fella.
    • 51' Only Norwich (14) have scored fewer second half goals than Sunderland’s 15 this season.
    • 49' That goal has really got the energy up at Stamford Bridge... and Rose hoofs a clearance hurriedly into the crowd. Sunderland under pressure.
    • 48' Not the start to the second half Di Canio was looking for. It was a strong run by Torres and in fact Oscar really should have done better with the chance - but it doesn't matter how they go in as long as they do.
    • 47' GOAL! Chelsea are level thanks to a bizarre own goal from Matt Kilgallon! Torres raced through the left channel and found Oscar, whose shot was charged down by Mignolet - but the ball ricocheted off Kilgallon's heel and rolled into the left corner.
    • 46' Second half under way! Gianfranco Zola is watching from the stands. And we're told that Ba withdrawal was due to the injury he picked up in the first half, not tactics.
    • 46' The masked man is on - Fernando Torres replaces Demba Ba at half-time for Chelsea.
    • 45+3' Sunderland lead at half-time! Paolo Di Canio's first Sunderland game going according to plan. It hasn't been dominant, but the visitors have their noses in front!
    • 45+2' Uncompromising clearance from Bardsley, who smacks the ball into the crowd with Ba bearing down on him.
    • 45+1' Three minutes of stoppage time will be played at the end of the first half.
    • 45' GOAL! Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland lead at Stamford Bridge! A corner is forced in, nobody seems sure who scored... John O'Shea flicked on a corner and Cesar Azpilicueta 's attempted clearance flew into his own net.
    • 44' Wickham tries his luck from the right 25 yards out - comes off David Luiz and goes out for a corner.
    • 43' Oscar stands up a little cross for Hazard, whose downward header bounces through to Mignolet.
    • 42' It has been a pretty sterile half, all in all. You can forgive Chelsea a bit of fatigue but they really need to increase the tempo.
    • 41' Swung high into the Chelsea box and it's headed clear - they showed Johnson down the right flank when he wanted to cut inside.
    • 39' David Luiz pings another long ball with his left foot - but this time he is wayward and the ball skips through to Mignolet.
    • 38' Rose appears the worst-affected player from that coming-together inside the box, but he should be OK.
    • 37' In comes the free-kick from Mata - it's met by a Sunderland head and an O'Shea boot. As the ball sails away, three plays lie on the turf after a collision in the box.
    • 36' Good spell of possession for Chelsea out on the right... then they win a free-kick when Larsson handles a cross.
    • 34' David Luiz might not be the most consistent defensively but his distribution really is excellent. You can see why he had that spell playing in midfield...
    • 33' Luiz finds Mata wide on the right with a long ball... he tries to skip inside but loses possession.
    • 32' Luiz finds Ba with his back to goal - the striker flicks the ball up and tries an ambitious overhead kick that goes wide. Mind you, Kilgallon had his hands all over him...
    • 31' Di Canio collects the ball on the touchline, hands it to Mikel then barks instructions at his players.
    • 29' Now Sessgnon fires in a shot that is blocked around the penalty spot. Good spell for the visitors!
    • 29' Vital intervention from Ivanovic to take the ball of Wickham as he shapes to shoot.
    • 28' Ba is still limping slightly but he will play on...
    • 27' Bertrand crosses from the right and it's met by Ramires, whose header from outside the box is far too weak. Easy for Mignolet.
    • 26' Ba stays down while Luiz has a word in Gardner's ear. Nothing too aggressive...
    • 25' Gardner flies into Ba with a sort of scissor tackle, and that's a clear yellow card.
    • 24' Wickham combines with Sessegnon - the young striker could be crucial to Sunderland's survival chances if Di Canio intends to give him a run of games.
    • 23' Mata pings it in towards Ivanovic but the ball loops high over the bar. Goal kick.
    • 22' Chelsea free-kick wide on the right - Mata stands over it as the ref marches the wall back...
    • 20' Sunderland well forward down the right now, but Sessegnon overhits the cross badly.
    • 19' And here come Sunderland on the break! Johnson has a chance to shoot and pings the ball into the face of David Luiz!
    • 18' Luiz smashes the free-kick into the wall, and it comes into the path of Ba whose effort is charged down! The ball did hit the arm of Kilgallon but it was definitely not deliberate.
    • 17' Ramires is fouled 30 yards from the Sunderland goal - Gradner trips him, says referee Swarbrick.
    • 16' There's a stray arm in the air as Ba jumps with Kilgallon - no handball says Swarbrick, but that's a risky tactic from the Sunderland man.
    • 15' Better from Sunderland who get the ball into the Chelsea box - but Sessegnon is adjudged to have pushed Bertrand in the back. Rightly.
    • 14' Mata collects it on the left side of the box and his cross is cleared by the feet of Mignolet - but there's an offside against the Spaniard.
    • 13' O'Shea knocks it forward and rather takes the Sunderland attackers by surprise - they're not ready for it and the ball bobbles through to Cech.
    • 12' Ramires finds Ba who swivels and goes for goal - his shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 11' It hasn't exactly been fire and brimstone from Di Canio's Sunderland, but they have looked solid so far.
    • 10' Readers on mobile devices will be lucky enough to get a picture of Di Canio's sweater below...
    • 9' Ref Neil Swarbrick awards a Sunderland free-kick inside the Chelsea half - but they play it sideways instead of knocking it forward.
    • 8' Oscar tries a pot shot but sends it high into the crowd.
    • 6' Azpilicueta floats a diagonal ball into the box which skips just beyond Ba and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 5' Chelsea dominating possession at the moment. Sunderland getting pinned back in their own defensive third.
    • 3' Sessegnon! What a start that would have been! Nips beyond Ivanovic and thrashes a shot into the side netting from a very tight angle.
    • 3' Craig Gardner holds his neck after an aerial challenge with Mikel. Not sure the Chelsea man did anything wrong, but it's a free-kick to the visitors.
    • 2' Ryan Bertrand is well forward down the left and swings a cross in... headed clear.
    • 1' Off we go! Chelsea kick off, playing from right to left in blue shirt and shorts, and white socks. Sunderland in their home kit. Di Canio in a charcoal and lilac diamond-pattern jumper.
    • 14:59 And now a friendly greeting for Di Canio from Rafa Benitez. Nearly ready to go...
    • 14:58 Out come the teams! Cracking noise at Stamford Bridge - Di Canio embraces John Terry.
    • 14:55 Poor old Martin O'Neill has been rather forgotten in the Di Canio farrago. Here's what he had to say about his dismissal: "I am still pretty disappointed, frustrated as much as anything else but life goes on. I'm in the business now where I think very little shocks you about professional football, especially in the last 10 years. You can lose a job in management if your tie doesn't fit your suit." O'Neill: I deserved more time
    • 14:50 You know who likes Paolo Di Canio? John Terry. "I played against him when he was at Charlton. His movement was fantastic and I found he was just a real nice guy on the pitch. I was only young at the time when I was playing against him when he was at West Ham and sides like that. He always spoke to me after games and said 'listen, maybe you should do this and do that' which was really nice at the time. A two-word sentence was enough and something I learned from." Terry praise for controversial Di Canio
    • 14:45 Paolo Di Canio will become the fifth manager (incl. caretakers) to start his time in a Premier League job with a trip to Stamford Bridge. None of the previous four have managed to win (D1 L3). As a player, Di Canio scored 66 times in 190 Premier League appearances. Only against Leicester City (6) did the Italian score more goals than against Chelsea (4).
    • 14:40 Chelsea played Southampton last Saturday, the Manchester United on Monday, then Rubin on Thursday, and now Sunderland. And in the middle of all that they have found time to cover themselves in blue paint with their new kit launch.
    • 14:35 Here's what our columnist Jim White has to say about Di Canio: "If Sunderland fans thought that their previous manager Martin O’Neill could get a little exercised on the touchline, with his St Vitus Dance twitches and attempts at the world standing high jump record every time his team scored, they have seen nothing compared to what their new man will bring. For Paolo di Canio, the manager’s job consists of delivering 90 minutes of theatre." White: With Di Canio, Sunderland’s real action will be off pitch
    • 14:30 Here's Paolo Di Canio, and he's not talking about fascism! "As a manager it is my first time at the top, I mean the very top level. (We are) away from home against Chelsea, where obviously I have good memories and scored when I was a footballer. But I'm not a footballer now, I'm a manager and now I hope my players will score there and give us some points. It's fantastic."
    • 14:25 So Connor Wickham gets a start in Di Canio's first game - Danny Graham benched. Chelsea make more changes, unsurprisingly given this is their fourth game in eight days. No place for Terry, Lampard or Torres.
    • 14:20 CHELSEA: Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ivanovic, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel; Oscar, Mata, Hazard... Subs: Turnbull , Ferreira, Terry, Lampard, Marin, Benayoun, Torres. // SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O’Shea, Kilgallon, N’Diaye, Gardner, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Wickham... Subs: Westwood, Graham, Colback, McClean, Mangane, Mandron, Laidler.
    • 14:15 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Paolo Di Canio's first game as Sunderland manager, away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge!
  • Summary

    • 77' Wickham goes down after catching an arm in the face from Luiz. The replay looks.... well, it doesn't look entirely innocent from the Chelsea defender. Hard to prove intent but that wasn't great.
    • 70' Adam Johnson! Beats Mikel and tries to curl the ball into the far left-hand corner but he sends it wide! That was a real chance.
    • 61' Oscar! Mignolet punches the corner weakly, the ball drops to the Brazilian and he flahses it into the side netting!
    • 55' GOAL! Chelsea lead 2-1 thanks to another freak goal! David Luiz's shot takes a touch off Ivanovic and beats Mignolet!
    • 47' GOAL! Chelsea are level thanks to a bizarre own goal from Matt Kilgallon! Torres raced through the left channel and found Oscar, whose shot was charged down by Mignolet - but the ball ricocheted off Kilgallon's heel and rolled into the left corner.
    • 45' GOAL! Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland lead at Stamford Bridge! A corner is forced in, nobody seems sure who scored... John O'Shea flicked on a corner and Cesar Azpilicueta 's attempted clearance flew into his own net.
    • 19' And here come Sunderland on the break! Johnson has a chance to shoot and pings the ball into the face of David Luiz!
    • 18' Luiz smashes the free-kick into the wall, and it comes into the path of Ba whose effort is charged down! The ball did hit the arm of Kilgallon but it was definitely not deliberate.
    • 3' Sessegnon! What a start that would have been! Nips beyond Ivanovic and thrashes a shot into the side netting from a very tight angle.
    • 14:20 CHELSEA: Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ivanovic, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel; Oscar, Mata, Hazard... Subs: Turnbull , Ferreira, Terry, Lampard, Marin, Benayoun, Torres. // SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O’Shea, Kilgallon, N’Diaye, Gardner, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Wickham... Subs: Westwood, Graham, Colback, McClean, Mangane, Mandron, Laidler.
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      7.7 5
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  1. my mate at work is a mackem and im a toon, we have some­ good banter about our teams, im going to miss that next­ season BYE BYE

    From robert, on Sun 7 Apr 20:28
  2. wow 2 own goals in a game !!

    From Joseph Thomas, on Sun 7 Apr 19:02
  3. I will take these daft mackems down

    From Benito, on Sun 7 Apr 18:53
  4. Serve De Canio right he shouldn't have walked away­ from Swindon

    From Pamela, on Sun 7 Apr 18:00
  5. Kilgallon, Bramble - we salute you!!!!!!!!!

    From John, on Sun 7 Apr 17:31
  6. As a Chelsea fan, I am worried about our chances not­ being taken. Our strikers Torres and Ba are not hiting­ it home as often as possible. This was a scrapy lucky­ win but a welcomed one. Truth is, too many fixtures in­ a season must take its tool expecially torwards the­ end. On the Mikel issue, I think the guy is doing a­ decent job. He is always doing the dirty jobs and­ linking up between the back four, midfield and attack.­ His passes are most times acurate, he is a defensive­ minded midfielder so pardon his not scoring but­ acknowledge his decent sweeper job. Most Chelsea­ coaches, since the special one keep him in the team so­ he must be giving something.

    From Henry, on Sun 7 Apr 17:25
  7. The cheesy chip munchers are on their way down! Bye­ bye, you dirty mackems!

    From Hard On, on Sun 7 Apr 17:21
  8. NO shots on target again! Maybe Di Canio should­ introduce goalposts to the players.

    From John, on Sun 7 Apr 17:18
  9. MIND THE­ GAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From John, on Sun 7 Apr 17:16
  10. Well played Chelsea, bye, bye, scumberland, going down,­ bye, bye, :-)

    From no-one-is-no-one, on Sun 7 Apr 17:10
  11. i hate u kofiE ur an i .....d i o ­ t............ from ghana ,,,,, mikel is beter than u­ and generation s

    From C,J, on Sun 7 Apr 17:08
  12. SMBS GOIN DOWN

    From dave m, on Sun 7 Apr 17:07
  13. A lucky win. Anyway win is a win and much needed THREE­ points. However, Chelsea will have to be careful in­ the remaining matches. Torres seems to be improving is­ a good sign.

    From Rajinder, on Sun 7 Apr 17:03
  14. Delighted by the result. Danny Graham must be­ disappointed not to have been selected.

    From Kabers, on Sun 7 Apr 17:03
  15. No shots on target. Get some shooting practice in Di­ Canio. HAHaHAHa. Mind the gap. Will the mackems be in­ the bottom 3 tonight?

    From John, on Sun 7 Apr 17:02
  16. Chelsea back up to third, with a game in hand on Spurs,­ not so clever now are you? Hope Arsenal overtake you­ too.

    From jimbog, on Sun 7 Apr 17:01
  17. Shane the Payne - look at the table, you are 5th. As­ for our taste of success you wouldn't remember what­ that is being an Arsenal fan.

    From JonnieP, on Sun 7 Apr 17:01
  18. @shane pyne I sing because I dont lose my top players­ to a rival

    From Byson, on Sun 7 Apr 17:01
  19. mikel waste of space.

    From Mark, on Sun 7 Apr 17:01
  20. Ha H Ha Ha. Fascists beaten! Cisse with a last minute­ strike to sicken the unwashed fascists. MIND THE­ GAP!!!!!!!!

    From John, on Sun 7 Apr 17:00
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