• English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Stadium of Light
  • Attendance: 39,273
  • Adam Johnson, 66
  • Torres, 11
  • Torres, pen 45+3
  • Mata, 49

live commentary


93 mins: Craig Gardner blasts a free kick against the bar. Petr Cech could have got a finger to it.

91 mins: Connor Wickham with a turn and shot from the edge of the area that Petr Cech does very well with to get down and tip behind.

90 mins:There will be four minutes of added time played.

89 mins: James McClean hits a low cross that evades everyone in the box.

88 mins:It looks like Chelsea have managed to weather the earlier Sunderland storm as the clock ticks down and the home fans are quieter than they were earlier.

87 mins: Juan Mata shown a yellow card.

85 mins: Ramires shown a yellow card

84 mins: Frank Lampard stings the palms of Simon Mignolet with a long-range dipping strike the home keeper palmed away.

83 mins:Sunderland are on top in the closing stages as Petr Cech grabs a bending James McClean cross into the box.

82 mins: Sebastian Larsson replaced by Louis Saha

80 mins: Eden Hazard replaced by Frank Lampard

79 mins: Fernando Torres is played through and gets to the by-line but his pull back towards Ramires doesn't meet its target and is cleared.

78 mins:The home side are now on top and Chelsea are having to play on the break - but that does suit the players the visitors have on the pitch.

76 mins:Sunderland have a free kick in a dangerous position. Adam Johnson hits it with his left foot and Petr Cech does well to get it behind for a corner.

74 mins:The ball is lobbed into the Sunderland area and Juan Mata fails to control it when he was in a lot of space.

73 mins:Sunderland have wind in their sails after that goal and fancy their chances of getting a second.

71 mins:A yellow card shown to Branislav Ivanovic

68 mins: Phillip Bardsley replaced by Jack Colback

67 mins: Replays show Petr Cech appeared to pull his hands away from Adam Johnson's shot. It did have an incredible bend on it.

66 mins:GOAL, Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea, a stunning goal from Adam Johnson. He hit a curling shot from the left hand side of the area that deceived Petr Cech and went in at the far post.

63 mins:A promising Chelsea move is wasted as Oscar looks to be too clever with a flick towards Fernando Torres on the edge of the area.

61 mins: Victor Moses replaced by Ryan Bertrand

60 mins:The referee stops the game and talks to Juan Mata after he appeared to kick out at Sebastian Larsson

59 mins:Oscar in space on the edge of the area and his strike is wild and goes far wide.

56 mins:Chelsea are looking confident going forward and look capable of getting more goals in this game.

53 mins:Sunderland counter attack and James McClean'ss attempt is well saved by Petr Cech.

52 mins: Victor Moses set up on the right hand corner of the area and his low, drilled strike flies not far wide of the far post.

50 mins:A great strike from Fernando Torres as he hunts for a hat-trick, can Benitez get the best out of him for a run of games?

48 mins:GOAL. Sunderland 0-3 Chelsea, Fernando Torres hit a powerful shot that hit the post and Juan Mata slotted home the rebound.

45 mins:Sunderland get the second half underway.


47 mins:GOAL, Sunderland 0-2 Chelsea, Fernando Torres scores from the penalty spot, sending the keeper the wrong way.

46 mins:A penalty to Chelsea as Sebastian Larsson fouls Ramires.

45 mins:There will be two minutes of added time played.

42 mins: Craig Gardner hits a left footed strike just wide of the Chelsea goal

41 mins:A yellow card for Craig Gardner

38 mins:The free kick is headed clear just to Oscar at the edge of the area and his first-time volley flies wide of the left hand post.

37 mins:Chelsea win a free kick, there's a break in play as Juan Mata down injured.

35 mins:This time its Ramires with an optimistic effort and it screws well wide of the Sunderland goal.

34 mins: Danny Rose hits a long range strike that flies well high and wide of the target - it was a wild effort.

32 mins:Eden Hazard races away down the left wing and cuts back, but his attempted cross is poor and doesn't beat the first defender.

31 mins: Petr Cech does well to come through a crowd and punch clear a Sunderland corner into the box.

29 mins: Adam Johnson teases the defenders down the right and his low cross is deflected behind for a corner, which comes to nothing.

27 mins:Sunderland have come more into the game as Stéphane Sessegnon stings Petr Cech's palms with a long range strike.

26 mins: Phillip Bardsley hits a shot that is deflected towards James McClean in the area but Petr Cech dives at his feet to grab the ball first.

23 mins:A scramble in the Chelsea area as Carlos Cuéllar attempts a shot that is blocked by two or three Blue shirts.

22 mins:Sunderland are enjoying a period of attacking possession for the first time.

21 mins:Sunderland are trying more to attack now as Danny Rose earns them a corner.

19 mins: Oriol Romeu is withdrawn but it is Oscar who has come on in his place.

17 mins: Oriol Romeu is down injured and Frank Lampard sent out to warm up.

16 mins: David Luiz hits a 25 yard free kick that sails not too high over the bar.

14 mins:Chelsea deserved the goal as a reward for their stunning opening to the game.

12 mins:GOAL, Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea, a goal from Fernando Torres. A cross in from Eden Hazard and Torres hits it on the volley on the run into the penalty area.

9 mins:Chelsea are dominating the opening periods and knocking the ball around with real confidence.

7 mins:Some Chelsea fans will be wondering how they are not ahead already. They've come out of the blocks on fire.

6 mins:Chelsea are well on top. Fernando Torres controls the ball after a ricochet in the area and Simon Mignolet is quickly out to block him.

4 mins:Lovely play between Juan Mata and Eden Hazard sees the Spaniard get in. The angle is tight so he crosses it low just ahead of Fernando Torres.

2 mins:Eden Hazard attacks into the area and goes down under pressure from Sebastian Larsson. It looks a penalty but nothing is given.

Chelsea get the game underway.

3 mins:Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Romeu, Ramires, Moses, Hazard, Mata, Torres.

2 mins:Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Cuellar, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Wickham.

1 mins:Welcome to today?s live text commentary of Sunderland's Premier League match against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Stadium of Light
  • Attendance: 39,273
  • Adam Johnson, 66
  • Torres, 11
  • Torres, pen 45+3
  • Mata, 49

match report

Chelsea captain John Terry will miss the game at Sunderland but Frank Lampard will return.

For the home side defender John O'Shea and striker Steven Fletcher are both in contention for the clash.

O'Shea is the more likely to feature having trained this week following a calf

injury while leading scorer Fletcher will be assessed later today.

The Scot was forced off at half-time in last weekend's defeat by Norwich with

an ankle problem and saw a specialist this week.

Captain Lee Cattermole is expected to be out for another two months after

damaging knee ligaments.

Frank Lampard is expected to play some part at with Sunderland after recovering from his calf problem.

Daniel Sturridge's hamstring injury will prevent him from participating at the

Stadium of Light, but the Club World Cup is a realistic target.

But captain John Terry is not considered for Sunderland and he will not travel to Japan either.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel will not participate at the Stadium of Light as he

begins a three-game ban.

team line-up

22Simon Mignolet
2Phillip Bardsley67
3Danny Rose
16John O'Shea
24Carlos Cuéllar
21Adam Johnson
8Craig Gardner
7Sebastian Larsson82
28Stéphane Sessegnon
23James McClean
10Connor Wickham


19Titus Bramble
15David Vaughan
12Matthew Kilgallon
25Louis Saha82
20Keiren Westwood
9Fraizer Campbell
14Jack Colback67


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team line-up

1Petr Cech
2Branislav Ivanovic
3Ashley Cole
24Gary Cahill
4David Luiz
10Juan Mata
17Eden Hazard79
6Oriol Romeu20
13Victor Moses62
9Fernando Torres


34Ryan Bertrand62
21Marko Marin
8Frank Lampard79
22Ross Turnbull
28César Azpilicueta
19Paulo Ferreira


Mark Halsey

match stats

possession %4554
shots on target55
shots off target46
tackles won1621