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14 January 2012
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 41696
Full Time at Stamford Bridge! Chelsea had more attempts but the best chances fell to Sunderland who will regret not making more of them after Frank Lampard scores the only goal of the game.
90' + 3'
Connor Wickham slips the ball to the onrushing Bendtner who powers past David Luiz down the left channel, but his shot goes wide to Cech's right.
Sessegnon shows great pace and control to get down the inside of Ashley Cole, and cuts back to Craig Gardner who shoots wide to Cech's left.
Meireles shoots over after a Ramires cut-back.
McClean has bombarded the Chelsea box in the last few minutes, and his cross is gathered awkwardly by Cech.
Mignolet saves a dipping effort from Meireles, and collects the resulting corner.
McClean's cross almost falls into Bendtner's path after confusion between Terry and David Luiz.
Ramires wins a corner which is cleared into the path of David Luiz who floats the ball back into the box. Essien shoots over from an angle to the left of the but he had been ruled offside.
Michael Essien's first action since his long absence is to drive a shot wide to the right of Mignolet.
Yellow Card Raúl Meireles
Ramires wins a free kick on the edge of the box after controlling a long ball from Meireles, but Mata blasts it over.
McClean is unexpectedly onside after receiving a chip into the Chelsea box, but he is unable to control.
Yellow Card Fernando Torres
Torres is booked for diving after losing a penalty appeal as he tries to run between Sunderland defenders.
Larsson is put clear down the right by Sessegnon, and he cuts the ball back for the onrushing McClean. McClean sidefoots wide and misses a great opportunity.
Seb Larsson whips in a trademark freekick from the right but Chelsea clear.
David Vaughan strikes a firm shot which flies to the left of the goal after Sessegnon's good work down the right.
Yellow Card Lee Cattermole
Torres has a penalty appeal denied after crashing through the Sunderland defence. He managed to slip the ball through to Mata but Mignolet came out to block successfully.
Simon Mignolet fumbles a cross and it almost cost the away side. Cech had created the possibility after launching a breakaway with a long throw after catching a cross.
Chelsea win a corner after David Luiz dashes past Phil Bardsley on the left wing. Juan Mata hits an awkward volley over the bar.
Stephane Sessegnon shoots from the edge of the box but it flies straight to Cech who saves. James McClean had won the throw-in which created the opportunity with a driving run.
And the second half is underway at Stamford Bridge!
Half-time at Stamford Bridge and it's 1-0 to Chelsea.
45' + 1'
Michael Turner comes on for Kilgallon after the centre back is forced off with an injury.
Torres spins into space on the edge of the area and sends a low shot a yard wide past the the post. His confidence has been high since he hit the bar to set up Lampard's finish.
Jose Bosingwa is concedes a free kick for handball, which is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left wing forcing a save from Cech.
Fernando Torres shoots from outside the penalty box, but the ball goes wide to the left of the goal.
Stephane Sessegnon puts Bendtner clear and his low angled shot flies a yard or so wide of the diving Petr Cech.
Nicklas Bendtner crosses and Ashley Cole clears for a corner. David Vaughan takes it and the inswinging cross is met by Bendtner from deep inside the area who misses to the left of the goal.
Sunderland are now struggling to break out of their own half despite a bright start, while Chelsea grow in confidence.
Fernando Torres takes a shot from Ramires' cross, but it is blocked by Matthew Kilgallon.
David Vaughan challenge on David Luiz results in a free kick. Juan Mata's direct effort from the free kick is saved by Simon Mignolet.
Juan Mata takes a corners from the first by-line, Lampard shoots but it is cleared by Sebastian Larsson for another. The next corner is cleared by Matthew Kilgallon.
Petr Cech saves a Nicklas Bendtner effort.
Assist Fernando Torres
Goal Frank Lampard
Chelsea score and it's 1-0 to the Blues. Fernando Torres turns to smash Mata's low cross towards the goal, and hits the underside of the cross bar. The ball falls to Lampard who turns it in from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal.
Fernando Torres heads from inside the area to the right of the target.
Yellow Card David Luiz
David Luiz shown a yellow card for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner. Petr Cech makes a save from Sebastian Larsson's free kick.
Left-footed corner taken by Juan Mata, Frank Lampard takes a shot, which is blocked by Phillip Bardsley. Frank Lampard heads from inside the area but it goes over the bar.
And we're underway at Stamford Bridge!
Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, Kilgallon, O'Shea, Richardson; Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, McClean; Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Gardner, Wickham, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady.
Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Romeu, Meireles; Ramires, Torres, Mata. Substitutes: Turnbull, Essien, Malouda, Lukaku, Sturridge, Hutchinson, Bertrand.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Chelsea v Sunderland. Chelsea will look to record their second successive league win and put the troubles of Christmas behind them, while Sunderland will attempt to bring to Stamford Bridge their recent form following Martin O'Neill's appointment.
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