Eden Hazard scored two sublime goals as Chelsea came from behind to win and increase Sunderland's relegation fears.

The Black Cats were ahead through Jozy Altidore's first league goal for the club before Frank Lampard levelled with a close-range header.

Hazard put Chelsea ahead with a curling 20-yard strike, John O'Shea equalising after a scramble before Hazard's powerful finish made it 3-2.

Phil Bardsley's own goal made it 4-2 before he scored at the right end.

Without Eden Hazard this evening, Chelsea would have been really struggling.

It could have been worse for the hosts, Fernando Torres blazing a glorious chance over the bar while O'Shea was fortunate to stay on the pitch after a foul on Demba Ba as the Chelsea substitute was lining up a shot.

The result leaves Sunderland, managed by former Chelsea FA Cup winner Gus Poyet, rooted at the foot of the Premier League table.

Chelsea had arrived at the Stadium of Light with two wins in six games on their Premier League travels, and manager Jose Mourinho bemoaning a lack of consistency from his players.

Poyet proud of Sunderland display

But the Blues remain second in the table, four points behind leaders Arsenal, after a gritty performance earned a third straight league win.

They did it the hard way, the Blues falling behind for the third successive game after Altidore got the better of John Terry in the 14th minute to lash home from 10 yards.

But unlike Sunday against Southampton, Mourinho did not have to wait almost an hour to see his side respond.

This time Chelsea were on level terms within three minutes, poor defending allowing Lampard to mark his return to the team by nodding Juan Mata's cross into the net unchallenged from six yards.

Sunderland, having started so brightly, were on the back foot.

Special Hazard

Midfielder Eden Hazard has scored 21 goals in 80 league and cup games for Chelsea.

Torres blazed over when he should have done better before Hazard put the visitors ahead with a delightful finish, the Belgian producing a clever piece of trickery before curling a low 20-yard shot beyond goalkeeper Vito Mannone in the 36th minute.

Sunderland, who had beaten Manchester City and Newcastle in their previous two home games, rallied.

Mourinho applauds 'fantastic' Chelsea

They were level when O'Shea poked home from close range after the visitors had failed to deal with a 50th minute corner.

But Hazard, whose performance was described as "amazing" by Mourinho afterwards, capped a fine individual performance with another tremendous finish after latching on to Lampard's 62nd minute back-pass.

Chelsea went 4-2 ahead when Bardsley turned the ball into his own net in the 84th minute while trying to clear a low centre from Blues substitute Demba Ba.

Bardsley did manage to score at the right end two minutes later, but it was not enough as Chelsea secured an incredible ninth straight Premier League win at Sunderland.

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"If we can play like this and fight like this and make it so difficult, we will stay in the Premier League for sure.

"Maybe we needed one more corner today, one extra corner in the last six minutes. But we didn't get it.

"It was a great display [by Hazard], probably the best I have seen this season from an individual player."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:

"It was a very good performance.

"Even defensively, I think we did well, but the set-pieces... In the last six minutes of extra time, if they had two more corners, they would have won 5-4.

"When you play so well, you have to win comfortably and not give a headache to the manager in the last six minutes."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 02 Bardsley Booked
  • 03 Dossena Booked
  • 04 Ki
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 23 Giaccherini (Johnson - 65' )
  • 08 Gardner (Fletcher - 80' )
  • 17 Altidore Booked
  • 14 Colback Booked (Larsson - 57' )
  • 31 Borini

Substitutes

  • 07 Larsson
  • 09 Fletcher
  • 11 Johnson
  • 12 Celustka
  • 13 Pickford
  • 29 Roberge
  • 33 Cattermole

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 08 Lampard
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 10 Mata (Mikel - 81' )
  • 07 Ramires Booked
  • 09 Torres (Ba - 65' )
  • 22 Willian Booked (Schürrle - 90' )
  • 17 Hazard Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Cole
  • 05 Essien
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 15 De Bruyne
  • 19 Ba
  • 23 Schwarzer
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 40,652

Match Stats

Shots

12 19

On target

3 5

Corners

6 5

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 3, Chelsea 4.

90:00 +6:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Chelsea 4.

90:00 +5:53

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

90:00 +5:02 Booking

Booking Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:53

Demba Ba (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:53

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

90:00 +3:25

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Andre Schürrle replaces Willian.

89:18 Booking

Booking Willian (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

85:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 3, Chelsea 4. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

84:59

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Frank Lampard.

84:31

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

84:31

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:19 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Phillip Bardsley, Sunderland. Sunderland 2, Chelsea 4.

82:07

Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

82:07

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:33

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

80:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Juan Mata.

79:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Fletcher replaces Craig Gardner.

79:33

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

79:24

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

78:48

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:48

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland).

77:38

Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

73:05

Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

72:23

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata.

71:43

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by John O'Shea.

71:41

Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

66:47

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:47

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

65:41

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

65:41

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:07

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

65:07

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Adam Johnson replaces Emanuele Giaccherini.

64:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Demba Ba replaces Fernando Torres.

63:51

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

61:53 Booking

Booking Eden Hazard (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

61:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 2, Chelsea 3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

59:12

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John O'Shea.

58:28

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

58:28

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson replaces Jack Colback.

56:28

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

56:27

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Torres.

54:57

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:57

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

53:21

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:21

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

52:51

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:51

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

52:31

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:31

Foul by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).

51:01

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

51:01

John O'Shea (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:39 Booking

Booking Jack Colback (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

50:33

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ki Sung-Yueng.

49:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 2, Chelsea 2. John O'Shea (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

49:04

Attempt blocked. Wes Brown (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini with a cross.

48:42

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Eden Hazard.

47:07 Booking

Booking Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:02

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

47:02

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:40

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Cahill.

45:09

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:09

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Chelsea 2.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Chelsea 2.

45:00 +1:53

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

45:00 +1:53

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:22 Booking

Booking Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:14

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +1:14

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

45:00 +0:18

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

45:00 +0:17

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.

39:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:50 Booking

Booking Andrea Dossena (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:25

Delay in match Juan Mata (Chelsea) because of an injury.

38:01

Juan Mata (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:01

Foul by Andrea Dossena (Sunderland).

37:41

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:41

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

35:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Chelsea 2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fernando Torres with a headed pass.

34:33

Attempt blocked. Wes Brown (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John O'Shea.

34:15

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

33:52

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

33:17

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

33:17

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:42

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

32:04

Juan Mata (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:04

Foul by Andrea Dossena (Sunderland).

31:16

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

30:56

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Petr Cech.

30:53

Attempt missed. Andrea Dossena (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

26:20

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata.

24:31

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

24:31

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:33

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian.

17:35

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:35

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

16:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Chelsea 1. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a cross following a corner.

16:17

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by John O'Shea.

13:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Chelsea 0. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Colback following a set piece situation.

13:23

Attempt blocked. Andrea Dossena (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:23

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:23

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

10:49

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:49

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

9:58

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

7:00

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

5:36

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:36

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

4:12

Foul by Andrea Dossena (Sunderland).

4:12

Juan Mata (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:05

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:05

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

2:34

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

2:34

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:49

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini.

0:55

Attempt blocked. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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