Match Report - Sunderland

Chelsea Big News is Frank Lampard is rested for this game along with Alex. So Chelsea line up as: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry (C), Cole,...

Chelsea Big News is Frank Lampard is rested for this game along with Alex. So Chelsea line up as: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry (C), Cole, Essien, Mikel, Belletti, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Mancienne, Stoch, Ballack, Di Santo, Kalou, Sinclair.

Chelsea kick off.

3rd min, Chelsea corner taken by Malouda swung into the near post, Essien beats his man but heads into the side netting.

7th min, Essien plays ball wide left to Malouda who feeds Drogba, He is on left edge of box, looks up and tries to chip the keeper but the ball goes over the bar.

10 mins in and Chelsea are dominating possession.

11th min, Drogba lashes one from the right hand corner of the box and the keeper puts his hands up and blocks the shot.

13th min, Belletti clumped for the first time.

20th min, Belletti clumped for a second time and now has a major problem, injured and looks like he can't continue

23rd min, Ball out wide left and Leadbitter cuts inside and shots well wide.

26th min, Sub Chelsea. Ballack comes on for Belletti.

33rd min, Cole booked for a coming together with Richardson (Harsh that one!)

40th min, Mikel hits one from 35 yards along the floor and easy for the keeper.

43rd min, Malouda plays a 1-2 with Anelka outside of the box and Anelka, dead centre, shoots and its again easy for the keeper.

45th min, Malouda into Drogba, who first time with back to goal takes a touch and spins away from his Marker, he hits the ball on the turn hard at goal and the keeper again gets his hands up and saves.

47th min, Ball fed into Malouda left edge of box, he takes a touch inside the box and fires at goal from 12 yards left edge of box, ball beats the keeper and rattles the crossbar and bounces clear.


2nd Half and no changes to either side that finished first half.

Sunderland pressure around the Chelsea box. Ball comes out to edge of box and Ballack beats Jones to the ball and whacks it clear and it goes straight to Anelka down the Chelsea right hand side just inside the Chelsea half. Immediately he is put under pressure from Davenport. He holds him off and turns inside and loses his marker. He is now venturing inside the Sunderland half. He is now faced by Tainio not once but twice and gets the better of him, second time round he skips past him easily and strides forward to just outside their box right of centre. He looks up and fires a shot high into the left hand top corner from 25 yards, Keeper no chance. GREAT GOAL.

Leadbitter has ball out wide left and cuts back from byline as he is faced by two Chelsea defenders doubling up on him. He swings in a right foot cross from the left hand side and Cech comes out 8 yards off his line to challenge for the ball with Jones. Under pressure from Jones he misses the ball, it comes down to Richardson who fires the ball in low at the near post and beats Cole on the line. SLOPPY FROM CECH.

56th min, Ballack fires straight at Keeper and its an easy save.

Chelsea now sitting 5 yards deeper since the goal.

61st min, Bosingwa crosses and its half cleared, ball comes down to Anelka just inside the box, dead centre and he tries to hit it on the volley with his left foot and it goes well wide.


72nd min, Malouda shot deflected over the bar.

74th min, GOAL CHELSEA. KALOU 2-1.
Chelsea corner, Drogba slides to Malouda short, who plays it back to him and Drogba loops a high cross towards the back post. Ball headed clear to right edge of box. Kalou takes a touch to control it, and hits it second time from right edge of box straight into the corner of the net near post. GREAT FINISH (Well done to Anelka for ducking out of the way)


81st min, Drogba shoots high over the bar.

82nd min, Bardsley shoots from 25 yards and Cech dives down to his left and makes the save and pushes ball away from goal.

84th min, Anelka shoots straight at Keeper after being fed by Malouda.

Midfield possession for Chelsea, Sunderland make a tackle and the ball deflects up in the air towards the edge of the Sunderland box dead centre of the pitch. Anelka rises and flicks the ball into the box for on rushing Malouda. As he shoots Fulop comes out and blocks his shot. Ball comes out to Ashley Cole 12 yards out and he shoots first time and the ball finds the net. GOOD FINISH.

Reid crosses from Chelsea left hand side, whipped in. Over Terry's head into 6 yard box. Cech left standing still and Jones heads home from 6 yards. CECH SHOULD OF COME FOR THAT ONE!

92nd min, Collins shoots from left edge of box and Cech tips over bar.


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