Chelsea Sinks Sunderland

Chelsea ended their English Premier League title-winning campaign with a victory as they came back from being a goal down to beat Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.  The champions came into the match looking to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat they suffered at The Hawthorns and they began the match with purpose as they dominated proceedings in the early stages.  However, it was the visitors who opened the goal scoring against the run of play after Steven Fletcher headed in Adam Johnson’s corner at the far post in the 26th minute.

Diego Costa came on for Didier Drogba, who was given a hero’s farewell as the 37-year-old was carried off the pitch by his team-mates, and it was Chelsea’s leading goal scorer who grabbed the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 37th minute after John O’Shea brought down Juan Cuadrado in the box.  Neither team could force the issue going forward as it remained level at the break.  The Blues continued the second stanza much like the first as they fashioned a number of  chances with their slick passing but couldn’t find a breakthrough.

Jose Mourinho’s men intensified the pressure on the Sunderland goal and it paid off as Loic Remy’s low-driven shot from the edge of the box gave Chelsea the lead in the 70th minute.  Fletcher had a good chance to pull one back for the Black Cats almost immediately but his header went wide.  The hosts had a great opportunity to add to their goal tally through a header from Willian, but Victor Mannone produced a brilliant one-handed save to keep the Brazilian’s effort out.

The Blues  were in complete control of the match and Remy secured the points for the champions as he grabbed his second and Chelsea’s third in the 88th minute as the league champions ended the season with a win.