Premier League

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

By Steve CanavanBBC Sport
Diego Costa
Diego Costa was booked for a fifth time this season and will serve a one-match suspension
  • Chelsea unbeaten in 13 league games
  • Sunderland draw eighth game of the season
  • Costa picks up ban for fifth yellow card
  • Both sides hit the woodwork

Sunderland became the first team this season to stop Chelsea scoring as they earned a deserved 0-0 draw.

Gus Poyet's team frustrated and tested the Premier League leaders with a display of discipline and organisation.

Chelsea could not find a way through the Black Cats defence, the closest they came a first-half drive from Willian which struck the post.

Santiago Vergini clipped the bar for the home side, who missed chances late on to take the three points.

Diego Costa, who could have been sent off in the first half for clashing with John O'Shea, was booked for catching Wes Brown in the face with his arm - making him suspended for Chelsea's next game, against Tottenham.

The result was a shock for those who expected Jose Mourinho's Blues to continue their seemingly relentless surge towards the Premier League title.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea: Only one team tried to win - Jose Mourinho

Chelsea - whose 5-0 Champions League hammering of Schalke on Tuesday was described by their manager as "perfection" - have made the second best start in Premier League history, while Costa's total of 11 league goals is just one fewer than the entire Sunderland squad.

But Mourinho's men, now unbeaten in 20 matches across all competitions, have not found it easy against Sunderland in recent times.

The Black Cats are the last team to beat Chelsea in a league game - Sunderland's 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in April began a run of 13 points from a possible 15 which completed their great escape and kept them in the Premier League. They also beat Chelsea in the Capital One Cup last term.

Fast forward to this season and no club has been involved in more Premier League stalemates than Sunderland - Poyet's side drawing eight of their 13 games so far - so perhaps, on that basis, the result should not come as too much of a surprise.

Poyet does it again
Match of the Day commentator Steve Bower: "Gus Poyet has taken points off former club Chelsea again. Sunderland are the third club to stop them winning this season and the first club to stop them scoring. They were organised, committed and full of spirit. Chelsea have been frustrated."

It was a deserved result too for the home side, who showed a great deal of patience and skill to first frustrate Chelsea and then, as the match wore on, to cause their illustrious opponents problems. In the end, they might feel they deserved more than just a point.

The visitors, unchanged for a third successive match, spent the opening stages camped around the Sunderland penalty area but the Black Cats got nine men behind the ball and ensured openings were at a premium.

Willian came close with a low, drilled shot from the edge of the area which hit the base of the post and Branislav Ivanovic drew a good save from Costel Pantilimon.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea: Gus Poyet 'proud' to keep Chelsea at bay

But Sunderland, growing in confidence, hit the bar when centre-back Vergini, on loan from Argentine club Estudiantes, unexpectedly popped up in the area. Vergini is yet find the net for Sunderland, although he did score a spectacular own goal in last month's 8-0 defeat at Southampton.

Sunderland more than held their own in the second half and Connor Wickham almost beat Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois with a vicious drive from distance.

Adam Johnson and substitute Jozy Altidore - who scored against Chelsea in the same fixture last season - missed chances late on as Poyet's men finished strongly.

Mourinho sent on Loic Remy, Didier Drogba and Andre Schurrle but although they failed to force a breakthrough, the Blues remain seven points clear of Southampton, who host third-placed Manchester City on Sunday.

Sunderland join City and Manchester United as the only teams to hold Chelsea to a draw this season.

BBC Match of the Day's Danny Murphy: "There were some terrific performances but Lee Cattermole was the pick of them. He was blocking, leading his team, all afternoon he was at it.

"He can play as well, he wasn't just whacking it forward. Seb Larsson and Jack Rodwell were brilliant with him as well. The more the game went on the better Sunderland got."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "Commitment and desire were the key to getting a point against a top team. They have pace and power so you need to be very good tactically and mentally to cope.

"Everybody wants to play like Bayern Munich and Barcelona but we know it is not possible for us, so we need to play the game a certain way against the top teams.

"Maybe not too many people were expecting that result but inside the dressing room we knew it was possible."

Willian almost scored his second league goal of the season for Chelsea but his shot struck the post
Diego Costa
Diego Costa was yellow-carded for catching Wes Brown as the pair jumped for the ball
Sunderland v Chelsea, Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard has scored 27 goals in 82 Chelsea appearances since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Lille in a £32m deal
Jose Mourinho and Gus Poyet
Jose Mourinho greets Sunderland counterpart Gus Poyet, who made 105 appearances for Chelsea between 1997 and 2001



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27VerginiBooked at 89mins
  • 16O'SheaBooked at 75mins
  • 5Brown
  • 15Réveillere
  • 6Cattermole
  • 11Johnson
  • 7Larsson
  • 8RodwellSubstituted forGomez Garcia-Pencheat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Wickham
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forAltidoreat 62'minutes


  • 4Bridcutt
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 17Altidore
  • 20Álvarez
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone
  • 30Buckley


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21MaticBooked at 86mins
  • 22WillianSubstituted forSchürrleat 85'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forDrogbaat 76'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forRemyat 76'minutes


  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 5Zouma
  • 11Drogba
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
  • 18Remy
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Chelsea 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Chelsea 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

  4. Booking

    Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by André Schürrle.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

  9. Booking

    Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Booking

    Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

  16. Post update

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. André Schürrle replaces Willian.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

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

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