Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland

Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland

Chelsea moved up to third following their 2-1 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The hosts looked a little leggy from the opening whistle and although there were half chances for Demba Ba and Oscar, they never really looked like opening up the Black Cats.

And when Sunderland broke upfield to win a corner which was eventually turned into his own net by Cesar Azpilicueta on the stroke of half time, it looked like the ultimate gamble was going to pay immediate dividends for the Wearsiders.

But before Di Canio had even taken his seat for the second-half, his side had been hauled level in bizarre circumstances.

Half-time substitute Fernando Torres burst down the left and, when Oscar failed to control his pass, it looked like the danger had passed, but the ball ricocheted off Simon Mignolet and a retreating Matt Kilgallon before spinning beyond Danny Rose and into the corner.

Sunderland were stunned and their luck hadn't improved seven minutes later when David Luiz's half volley struck the heel of an unsighted Branislav Ivanovic and deflected into the opposite corner beyond the reach of Mignolet.

The visitors struggled to create chances all afternoon and things didn't improve as they chased the game late on, with Petr Cech not required to make a save throughout a torrid second-half.

The result keeps Chelsea's chase for a Champions League spot on course but leaves Sunderland deep in the relegation battle as we enter the final stages of a dramatic season.