Chelsea Come from Behind Again to Go to the Top of the Premier League

Barney Corkhill@@BarneyCorkhillSenior Writer IAugust 18, 2009

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on August 18, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) saw another defence today, as record-breaking champions Chelsea took on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Both recorded wins on the opening day of the season, with Chelsea needing a 92nd minute strike from Didier Drogba to complete their comeback against Hull.

No such comeback was needed for Sunderland, as they beat Bolton 1-0 courtesy of Darren Bent's debut goal.

They couldn't make it two wins out of two tonight, however, as Chelsea once again came from behind to eventually run out 3-1 winners.

Bent only had to wait five minutes to open the scoring at the weekend, and another first-half goal today, albeit not as early, gave him two goals in two games in a Sunderland shirt, as well as giving the Black Cats an unexpected lead.

Bent set-up Kenwyne Jones who saw his shot blocked before Bent reacted quickest to control the ball and fire the shot under Petr Cech for the 100th league goal of his career.

Much like the weekend match against Hull, Chelsea dominated the possession, but found it difficult to break down their opponents in the first half.

And when they did get their chances, they couldn't take them.

Michael Ballack saw his effort cleared off the line by Lee Cattermole before the new Sunderland midfielder denied another Chelsea opportunity, this time launching himself in front of Jose Bosingwa's goal-bound effort.

While the first half arguably belonged to Sunderland, the old cliche of "a game of two halves" rang true in the second 45, as Chelsea dominated.

They began in impressive, although not necessarily clinical style, with Branislav Ivanovic and Didier Drogba both squandering great chances when left unmarked in the penalty area.

They wouldn't have to wait too long for the equaliser, however, as Ivanovic flicked the ball on from a corner, leaving Michael Ballack to add the finishing touch just seven minutes after the restart.

The goal seemed to galvanize Chelsea, and their saviour at the weekend, Didier Drogba, played a huge part in their second goal less than ten minutes later.

The big Ivorian striker embarked on a powerful run, only to be felled by George McCartney inside the box. The referee had no choice but to award the penalty, and Frank Lampard duly dispatched the spot kick.

With 20 minutes left on the clock Deco, so long left in the shadows under Guus Hiddink, capped off a masterful second half display with some magic of his own to make it 3-1.

There was still time for another Drogba chance to be missed, and a cameo performance from Andriy Shevchenko before the referee put Sunderland out of their misery.

The result was Chelsea's 15th successful defence of the UWCC title, extending their already impressive record title run. Frank Lampard's penalty was his third in UWCC history, an his 11th goal overall, furthering his lead as the competition's top scorer.

Darren Bent also got his sixth goal, becoming the joint third-highest scorer in UWCC history, and the first player to score for two different clubs.

In the poll, 100 percent of the voters correctly predicted that Chelsea would retain their UWCC title, so well done to everyone that voted!


Chelsea's run

Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea (Chelsea become new champions)

Chelsea 4-3 Bolton Wanderers

Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Chelsea 0-0 Everton

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea 3-1 Fulham

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona

Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea

Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn

Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea

Chelsea 2-1 Everton

Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United (Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties)

Chelsea 2-1 Hull City

Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea


(Click here to see the complete history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship)


Chelsea's next title defence comes on Sunday, as they travel the short distance to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham. Can Roy Hodgson's men become the best club in the world?


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