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December 4, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 40652‎
 
50′ John O'Shea
Eden Hazard 36′
Eden Hazard 62′
 
Phil Bardsley 84′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 3-4 Chelsea

Gus Poyet tastes defeat at home for the first time as the Black Cats boss as Mourinho's men take the spoils in an end-to-end thriller at the Stadium of Light

By Harry Slavin at The Stadium of Light

  • Vito Mannone
    7
    20
    2.00

    Vito Mannone

    Was left with no chance from Lampard's header as his defence gave the Chelsea midfielder the freedom of the six-yard-box. Couldn't really be faulted for the second either as Hazard guided the ball into the far corner with expert precision.

  • Phil Bardsley
    10
    18
    2.00

    Phil Bardsley

    Evidently struggled with pace and guile of Hazard throughout, turned inside out on multiple occasions, including the Belgian's goal. Had a nightmare when he put through his own goal under no real pressure but made immediate amends when he went down the other end and scored.

  • Andrea Dossena
    1
    26
    1.50

    Andrea Dossena Flop of the Match

    A bit of a hit and miss display from the Italian. Hit a woeful free-kick that inadvertently led to Sunderland's opener but tested Cech with a fizzing effort that the keeper had to tip over. Was clumsy in defence though and Lampard shook him off far to easily for his goal.

  • Wes Brown
    5
    16
    2.50

    Wes Brown

    Will play a big part this season if Sunderland are to pull themselves out of the relegation mire and he showed his leadership qualities with some composed defending against an unrelenting Chelsea attack.

  • John O'Shea
    3
    21
    2.00

    John O'Shea

    Some dodgy defending from the Irish defender as Sunderland were caught out time and time again at the back. Did manage to draw his side level just after the break but did more damage with some poor positional sense.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    11
    18
    2.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Was suppose to sit in front of the back four and give them some protection against a powerful Chelsea attack. In the end offered very little in the way of assistance and spurned a late chance to equalise.

  • Craig Gardner
    1
    21
    3.00

    Craig Gardner

    Picked up the ball and looked dangerous in the opening period. Left free-kick duties to Dossena for some unknown reason when he was possibly better suited.

  • Jack Colback
    3
    20
    2.00

    Jack Colback

    Did particularly well to pick out Altidore for the opening goal after Dossena's free-kick zipped towards him at some rate of knots. Was booked and had to brought off as he threatened to pick up a second yellow.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    5
    16
    2.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    A subdued display from the Italian as he still looks to come to terms with his horror miss from the weekend against Villa. Rarely threatened the Chelsea back-line at all and was subbed for Johnson.

  • Jozy Altidore
    22
    13
    3.00

    Jozy Altidore

    Took his goal well as he rolled Terry and stroked home beyond Cech to give the hosts the lead. Showed great strength throughout and forced the Chelsea players into some reckless challenges as they tried to get him off the ball.

  • Fabio Borini
    12
    12
    2.50

    Fabio Borini

    Lively early on as he set out to make an impression against his former club. Looked threatening in possession but often held onto the ball too long and picked the wrong pass at crucial moments.

Substitutions

  • Sebastian Larsson
    3
    21

    Sebastian Larsson

    Came on late as Sunderland looked to change the tide.

  • Adam Johnson
    5
    20

    Adam Johnson

    Passed up a great chance to shoot late on as Sunderland went in search of an equaliser.

  • Steven Fletcher
    4
    18

    Steven Fletcher

    Came on late but couldn't find a breakthrough.

  • Petr Cech
    72
    28
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Was left with very little chance to keep out Altidore's effort that gave the hosts a first-half lead. Did well to reposition himself and tip wide Dossena's effort after Ramires had got him in a sticky situation.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    76
    34
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Asserted his authority down the right early on with some well-timed interceptions and important tackles. Often got forward and preferred crossing from deep, but found it difficult to locate a somewhat isolated Torres in the box.

  • Gary Cahill
    72
    28
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    The former Bolton man looked solid in the air but struggled at times with the physical presence of Altidore. Lost concentration a few times, with Bardsley escaping his attention for Sunderland's third.

  • John Terry
    76
    33
    2.00

    John Terry

    By his own high standards, the Chelsea captain didn't have his best game in a Blues shirt on his 400th appearance. Strong in the air but wayward with his distribution, positioning was also a problem and the defender was certainly responsible for keeping Altidore onside for the first goal.

  • César Azpilicueta
    72
    31
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Didn't get forward too much to help his left-sided partner Hazard, but then again didn't need to. Tried in vain to keep out O'Shea's effort on the line but kept Giaccherini quiet and proved a brick wall as Sunderland struggled to get crosses in down the flank.

  • Ramires
    89
    25
    2.50

    Ramires

    Sat deep in front of Chelsea's back four as he looked to prevent the hosts from breaking when the Blues lost the ball further up the park by fair or foul measures. Had to resort to foul measure on a couple of occasions, one bringing him a booking as he took out Altidore.

  • Frank Lampard
    85
    68
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Blasted wide an early opportunity from a position where he's often done much better. Typically elusive for his goal as he escaped the attentions of Dossena with ease to head home unchallenged. Lovely build up with Hazard too for the third.

  • Eden Hazard
    218
    55
    4.50

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    A devastating display from the Belgian as he took full advantage of coming up against a poorly equipped Bardsley. Showed great awareness to pick out Lampard for the opening goal and took the second superbly after cutting inside from the left. Took Chelsea's third brilliantly too after neat work with Lampard.

  • Willian
    79
    41
    2.50

    Willian

    Set up as the support for Torres through the centre of a three-man attacking midfield, but rarely got forward enough to help out the striker. Spurned one decent chance in the second half as he blasted wide on the angle.

  • Fernando Torres
    114
    50
    2.00

    Fernando Torres

    Usually clinical against Sunderland, the former Liverpool star was anything but this evening. Having scored six times in his previous seven starts in the Premier League against the Black Cats, he somehow blazed over with the goal gaping after Mannone had stopped Hazard's effort and was subsequently pulled off for Ba.

  • Juan Mata
    109
    60
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Swung in the original corner from which Chelsea drew level. Got at Dossena down the right and often caused the Italian problems but his performance, along with everyone else on the pitch, was overshadowed by that of his team-mate on the opposite flank.

Substitutions

  • John Obi Mikel
    68
    20

    John Obi Mikel

    Came on late to shore up the midfield.

  • Andre Schürrle
    68
    11

    Andre Schürrle

    Came on in stoppage time as Chelsea looked to wind down the clock.

  • Demba Ba
    75
    58

    Demba Ba

    Came on and set up Chelsea's third.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
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Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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20 0
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Midfielder
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18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2