Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Live Player Ratings for the Blues

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Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Live Player Ratings for the Blues
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Sunderland caused a shock in the Premier League title race with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea would have moved to the top of the table—temporarily at least—with a win, and the Blues went ahead in the 12th minute via Samuel Eto'o. But Sunderland equalised six minutes later through Connor Wickham and scored the winner via Fabio Borini's 82nd-minute penalty.

The defeat was a first for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. With the win Sunderland moved onto 29 points, only three away from safety.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs. Sunderland
Starting XI Position Half-Time Full-Time
Mark Schwarzer GK 5 5
Branislav Ivanovic RB 7 7
Gary Cahill CB 6 6
John Terry CB 6 6
Cesar Azpilicueta LB 6 6
Ramires RDM 7 7
Nemanja Vidic LDM 7 7
Willian LW 7 8
Oscar CAM 6 6
Mohamed Salah RW 6 6
Samuel Eto'o ST 7 7
Substitutes Position Half-Time Full-Time
Demba Ba (for Oscar, 59') FW N/A 6
Andre Schurrle (for Salah, 66') Wing N/A 6
Fernando Torres (for Eto'o, 74') ST N/A 6

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First-Half Analysis

Mark Schwarzer, 41, made his first league start of the year for Chelsea in place of No. 1 goalkeeper Petr Cech, who missed out with a virus, per ESPN.co.uk.

Chelsea went ahead in the 12th minute as Samuel Eto'o volleyed in Willian's corner. Per @WhoScored, it was the ninth goal of the season for Eto'o with all nine coming at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland pulled level just six minutes later as Connor Wickham poked in the rebound after Schwarzer spilled Marcos Alonso's initial shot. It was the third goal in less than a week for the 21-year-old Wickham, who netted twice midweek at Manchester City.

Branislav Ivanovic came close to restoring Chelsea's lead in the 36th minute, forcing Vito Mannone into a save with a low header. Mannone made two more saves shortly before half-time to keep Sunderland level, first from Nemanja Matic and then from Mohamed Salah.

Ramires came close soon after with a free header, but he missed the target under heavy pressure from Seb Larsson. Moments later, Ramires was fortunate to escape disciplinary action for a forearm to Larsson's face.

Both teams had further chances to score in the closing moments of the half, but the match went into half-time level at 1-1.

 

Second-Half Analysis

Needing point to keep pace in the title race, Chelsea created the first chance of the first half, hitting Sunderland with a blistering counter in the 48th minute. Willian led the break down the middle and laid off for Eto'o, who curled his shot just wide of the far post.

Chelsea had another big chance in the 65th minute through substitute Demba Ba. After holding up play, Ba laid off for Willian, who powered to the byline before pulling back to Ba. With his first touch, Ba mis-hit his shot well off target. 

Sunderland took a shock lead from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute via Fabio Borini, who slotted his spot-kick straight down the middle. Substitute Jozy Altidore won the penalty after being fouled by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea had a chance to equalise moments later, but Mannone tipped Andre Schurrle's shot over the bar in the 84th minute. The hosts kept attacking until the final whistle but were unable to avoid Jose Mourinho's first league defeat at Stamford Bridge. 

 

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