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Stadium of Light (ATT 39,273) 8th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Halsey

S'land Sunderland vs Chelsea Chelsea

S'land 1

A Johnson (66)

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Chelsea 3

F Torres (11, pen 45+3)
J Mata (49)

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  1. The final whistle goes and Chelsea have run out 3-1 winners to narrow the gap on second-placed Manchester City to four points and pile more pressure on Martin O'Neill's Sunderland. Next stop Japan for the Club World Cup.

  2. 90+2

    Sunderland are given a late chance to grab a lifeline as they win a free-kick just outside the area, and Craig Gardner rattles the crossbar with a tremendous piledriver.

  3. 90+1

    Four minutes of stoppage time have been signalled as Petr Cech dives away to his right to tip away a Connor Wickham strike from 20 yards.

  4. 89

    James McClean provides a wicked low cross from the left wing but Louis Saha is nowhere in sight and Chelsea can usher the ball away to sent off.

  5. 88

    Some Sunderland supporters are beginning to stream out of the Stadium of Light, having come to the conclusion that Chelsea are not going to be caught here.

  6. 87

    Juan Mata has a look of resignation on his face as he receives a yellow card from Mark Halsey following a foul on Jack Colback.

  7. 86

    Chelsea appear to have weathered the storm and Sunderland's fans have gone quiet again as the clock ticks down and there is still a two-goal deficit to make up.

  8. 84

    Ramires is shown a yellow card by Mark Halsey following a late challenge on Louis Saha in midfield.

  9. 83

    Frank Lampard lets fly from distance with a dipping effort that Simon Mignolet can take no chances with, as the goalkeeper punches it away to safety.

  10. 82

    Craig Gardner delivers a cross from the left for Sunderland which is easily claimed by Petr Cech in the centre.

  11. 81

    Seb Larsson is replaced by Louis Saha for the final stages as Martin O'Neill throws caution to the wind.

  12. 79

    Frank Lampard makes his return to action following a spell on the sidelines with a calf problem as he comes on in place of Eden Hazard to shore things up for Chelsea.

  13. 78

    Sunderland are having to commit more bodies forward in search of a goal and that could leave them vulnerable at the back, but Fernando Torres lacks support as he picks up the ball in an advanced area.

  14. 77

    Chelsea's defenders look nervous now as they unconvincingly deal with a couple of corners in quick succession, before launching a swift break through Ryan Bertrand.

  15. 75

    Connor Wickham earns a free-kick for Sunderland following a foul by Ashley Cole in a great position just a few yards outside the area, and Petr Cech is forced to pull off a smart stop to prevent Adam Johnson's curling effort from going into the top corner.

  16. 73

    Eden Hazard shows excellent vision to pick out Juan Mata in the Sunderland area, but the ball does not quite sit down nicely enough for the Spaniard to get in a shot and the hosts can breathe easily again.

  17. 71

    Branislav Ivanovic is cautioned for a foul on James McClean in midfield that stopped a potentially threatening counter-attack dead in its tracks.

  18. 69

    David Luiz has had a good game and he excels himself once again with a good headed clearance from Seb Larsson's dangerous cross towards the back post.

  19. 68

    That Adam Johnson goal has really lifted the crowd and the players are responding as well as they push forward again. Another goal for Sunderland would set up a nerve-jangling finale.

  20. 66

    Martin O'Neill shuffles his pack for the first time as he brings on Jack Colback for Phil Bardsley, with Seb Larsson taking up the right-back spot for the moment.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8