Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2013

Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland, Stamford Bridge, Full Time

Paolo Di Canio's first game in charge of Sunderland got off to a perfect start thanks to John O'Shea's opening first-half header, but things quickly changed after the break.

Fernando Torres' halftime introduction provided the necessary enthusiasm for Matthew Kilgallon's own-goal equaliser before a deflected David Luiz shot saw Branislav Ivanovic put his side into the lead.

From there, it was a case of formalities for the Blues, who simply had the ammunition on their bench necessary to see out what eventually became a deserved 2-1 victory.

Chelsea Starting XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ivanovic, Bertrand; Ramires, Mikel; Oscar, Hazard, Mata; Ba

Chelsea Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Lampard, Terry, Benayoun, Ferreira, Marin

Scorer: Kilgallon O.G. (46'), Ivanovic (56')

Sunderland Starting XI: Mignolet; Bardsley, Rose, O’Shea, Kilgallon; N’Diaye, Gardner, Larsson, Johnson; Sessegnon; Wickham

Sunderland Subs: Westwood, Graham, Colback, McClean, Mangane, Mandron, Laidler

Scorer: Azpilicueta O.G. (45'+1)