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Summary

  1. Sunderland XI: Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M'Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe
  2. Chelsea XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa

Live Reporting

By Chris Bevan

All times stated are UK

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Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"How fitting that Defoe gets the winning goal? 

"He has held this team together. For their second-half attitude and Sam Allardyce’s changes they deserve the three points today - no argument."

The Great Escape is on - again!

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

The Sunderland players are celebrating, and so are their fans. Their latest Great Escape is on - the Black Cats are out of the bottom three, and have a game in hand on Newcastle, who are immediately below them... one more win and Big Sam's side are safe.

For a developing match report, head here. For all the reaction from Stadium of Light, head here instead.

FULL-TIME

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Vito Mannone springs to his left to keep out a Bertrand Traore shot... and there goes the final whistle!

RED CARD

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Chelsea will end the game with 10 men - John Terry gets his second yellow card, for a late lunge on Wahbi Khazri. 

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

A huge roar from the Sunderland crowd, as their side win a throw-in. They are almost over the line today, at least...

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"There are no signs of tiredness from Sunderland.

"At the moment it is just mayhem."

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Chelsea still have the ball... but Sunderland are very, very grateful to see Bertrand Traore's cross trundle into the arms of Vito Mannone. Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce is so animated, he is almost on the pitch.

INJURY TIME

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Tense, tense times at the Stadium of Light. Chelsea are on the attack, and there will be FIVE minutes of added time.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

A delay here while Sunderland wait to take a free-kick and Younes Kaboul is booked for taking too long over it - he argues Cesc Fabregas had not retreated 10 yards, but to no avail.

That's just one of a flurry of bookings by referee Mike Jones - Chelsea's John Terry went into his book for conceding the free-kick in the first place, and then Seb Larsson was shown a yellow card for booting the ball away when Chelsea threatened a quick counter from a throw.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

While Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri receives treatment, Chelsea make another change - Bertrand Traore replaces John Mikel Obi.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Chelsea make their second switch - Oscar is on for Willian.

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"The tactics are so obvious from Sunderland now, nine men along a strip of two yards 18-yards out when Chelsea have the ball."

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

More Chelsea pressure, but Sunderland hold firm and now it is their turn to threaten on the break.

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"It is torture, absolute torture for these Sunderland fans."

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Sunderland have got some defending to do now, after that flurry of goals. Vito Mannone has to tip  Willian's free-kick over the bar and the Black Cats clear the resulting corner.

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"Sam Allardyce has been here before. He knows what he is doing."

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Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"They are a totally different side this second half Sunderland. When it falls to Defoe I don't think anyone expected anything else."

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

"The first touch of the ball from Defoe just killed it, and all he had to do was swivel and shoot. There is no-one better in the league at controlling the ball and turning with it. It's what he's at Sunderland to do." 

Jermain Defoe celebrates
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SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Chelsea brought on Baba Rahman for Branislav Ivanovic just before that third Sunderland goal. Cesar Azpilicueta is now playing right-back.

The Black Cats have just made their final change, bringing on Seb Larsson for Lee Cattermole.

GOAL - Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Jermain Defoe (70 mins)

Amazing. Sunderland lead.

Deandre Yedlin's cross is deflected into the path of - guess who? - Jermain Defoe, who is hovering near the penalty spot. He takes a touch, and buries his shot past Thibaut Courtois.

Jermain Defoe scores for Sunderland
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GOAL - Sunderland 2-2 Chelsea

Fabio Borini (67 mins)

The Stadium of Light is bouncing now - the Black Cats are level.

Patrick van Aanholt's pull-back finds Fabio Borini on the edge of the area and his fierce strike nicks off John Terry, with Thibaut Courtois getting a hand to it but failing to keep it out.

Fabio Borini
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SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Another Sunderland change, and this time it is an attacking one - Jan Kirchhoff off, Duncan Watmore on.

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Another Sunderland corner, and they do have a shot this time... well, sort of.

Thibaut Courtois punches clear, as far as Lee Cattemole on the edge of the area, but he slices his shot a mile high and wide. They will have to do much better than that in front of goal...

GREAT SAVE!

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

At the other end, Chelsea are not struggling for shots - far from it.

A neat move sees the ball played through to Diego Costa, in space, about 12 yards from goal, but Vito Mannone is off his line sharply to make another vital block, and keep his side in the game.

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Hmmm, I'm not sure if that counts as an effort at goal - Wahbi Khazri sent the corner in, and Jan Kirchhoff flicked out a hopeful leg at the near post, but he sent it away from the Chelsea goal, not towards it.

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

We are approaching the hour mark and Sunderland are still yet to have a shot at goal in this second half. They just do not have the same zip as Chelsea when they come forward, although they have just won a corner... their first of the match.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

A first change for Sunderland, and it is like for like... John O'Shea replacing Lamine Kone at the back. Not sure what is behind that one, because Kone did not appear to be injured.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea's passing is definitely slicker than Sunderland's, but the Black Cats have more bite when it comes to getting the ball back.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard goes for goal himself here, darting into space... but he is stopped in his tracks by a late Lee Cattermole lunge. That's a booking for the Sunderland midfielder and some lengthy treatment for Hazard.

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"That is a stunning chance for Diego Costa. It is a good save from Mannone but Costa should score."

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Mind you, Chelsea remain dangerous too. Diego Costa escapes the Sunderland defence and runs on to Eden Hazard's pass... but is denied by Vito Mannone's block.

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Other than the header that hit the post, with the offside flag already up, Jermain Defoe has been quiet in front of goal so far - that is his only 'effort' at goal (and it wouldn't have counted anyway).

He still looks lively, mind, and is not far away from a Deandre Yedlin cross when it bounces through to him at the far post. With him on the pitch, Sunderland still have a chance.

KICK-OFF

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Sunderland get the second half started - this is a big 45 minutes for their survival hopes.

No changes from either side at the break. 

'The Black Cats are not out of this game'

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

"Sunderland have been hard done by. But if you switch off at any time when you're playing against quality you will be hurt. 

"The Black Cats are not out of this game, and if they continue doing what they're doing they'll be OK."

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"You don't expect Matic to make that run. If Sunderland are going to press high then they have to follow the runners."

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"Sunderland have come back once and they can do it again but they have to believe."

HALF-TIME

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stadium of Light for BBC Radio 5 live

"That could be Sunderland got too excited. 

"That team talk Sam Allardyce thought he was going to give has changed once again."

GOAL Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

Nemanja Matic (48 mins)

Amazing. All that hard work, and a spectacular strike, to level... and Sunderland throw it all away on the stroke of half-time.

The Black Cats seem to switch off at the back and Nemanja Matic is in acres of space to run through on to a Cesar Azpilicueta header and slot home through Vito Mannone's legs with the last kick of the half.

Nemanja Matic
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