Chelsea wins 4-3 at Sunderland in Premier League
Eden Hazard capped a brilliant performance with two goals as
Chelsea came from behind to win 4-3 at last-place Sunderland and
stay four points behind leader Arsenal in the Premier League
The Belgium international was also provider as he produced the
cross that allowed Frank Lampard to head in the equalizer from
close range after Jozy Altidore put the Black Cats in front after
14 minutes with his first goal for Sunderland.
Hazard then put Chelsea ahead with a right-footed curled shot
past goalkeeper Vito Mannone. But Chelsea’s defense then failed to
clear a corner and John O’Shea put the teams level before Hazard
made it 3-2 with a powerful finish from Lampard’s assist.
Phil Bardsley scored an own goal as Chelsea moved 4-2 up before
slotting home four minutes from time to ensure a nervy finish at
the Stadium of Light.
”I know I will be close to a heart attack sometimes (with my
team),” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. ”Eden Hazard was
excellent. He told me at dinner last night `Boss, for a long time I
haven’t scored.’ He decided he would score tonight.”
The result left Sunderland in deep trouble as manager Gus
Poyet’s run of three successive home victories in all competitions
came to an end.
After bemoaning a lack of consistency from his players, Mourinho
hailed his team’s defensive control despite the three goals
”It was by far our best performance away from home,” he said.
”We played fantastic football. We created, we were dynamic, we had
someone special in Hazard, and (Juan) Mata and Willian played a
Hazard capped a fine individual first-half display with a
37th-minute run and sumptuous finish to equalize. John O’Shea
dragged the home side right back into it five minutes into the
second half when Chelsea failed to clear Emanuele Giaccherini’s
corner, and the defender helped the ball into the net.
?But Hazard left defenders in his wake once again to fire a
62nd-minute shot past keeper Vito Mannone. There was late drama as
fullback Phil Bardsley scored at both ends inside a minute.
”It is very difficult to play like we did and score so many
goals, that is difficult, and I cannot even blame the defensive
play of the team, but the set-pieces and a rebound here and off the
last man there, and we concede three goals which you can’t do but
the performance was excellent collectively and individually,”