Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2 – Black Cats end Jose Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge record
Blues title hopes dangling by a thread after Sunderland come from behind to claim an unlikely win
April 19th, 2014
Jose Mourinho lost his first Chelsea home game for 77 matches as Sunderland produced a magnificent rearguard performance to keep the Blues at bay before stinging them on the counter-attack.
Samuel Eto’o put the home team into the lead as it appeared that Mourinho’s men were going to run riot, although the visitors were soon level through Connor Wickham when Mark Schwarzer was unable to hold on a shot from outside of the area.
Schwarzer was a late replacement for the sick Petr Cech and Sunderland’s tails were up after the equaliser, having come desperately close to winning at Manchester City on Wednesday night.
However, there was some brave defending required from Sunderland who are now just three points from safety and they have a better goal difference than 17th-placed Norwich who host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
As Chelsea roamed forward in search of a winning goal, Cesar Azpilicueta slipped and allowed substitute Jozy Altidore to gain a yard advantage, with the Spaniard eventually bringing down his opponent which left Mike Dean pointing to the spot.
Fabio Borini was once on the books at Stamford Bridge although he made no mistake with his spot kick and Sunderland were able to hold on to their advantage for a famous win which puts a massive dent in the title hopes of Chelsea.
Mourinho was particularly scathing of referee Mike Riley after the game, claiming that the arbiter was responsible for outcome of the match, although many will point to the fact that Ramires should have seen red in the first half when barging over Sebastian Larsson with his elbow.