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)