Chelsea vs. Sunderland: Final score 2-1 in a game of bad bounces

Mike Hewitt

No one really kicked the ball where they were trying to kick it during the contest between Chelsea and Sunderland, but the hosts got more lucky bounces.

It's extremely rare that a Premier League match produces three goals, but nothing of real entertainment and quality. Chelsea and Sunderland used up a league-wide week's worth of bad bounces in one game on Sunday, with Chelsea winning 2-1 in a match with one deflected goal and two own goals.

Very little of consequence happened in a very tight game until first half stoppage time, when Chelsea went behind. Adam Johnson delivered a corner to set up the goal and John O'Shea created it with a header, though he didn't score it. The man responsible for that was Cesar Azpilicueta, who failed to clear and instead kicked the ball into his own net.

It didn't take very long for Chelsea to pull one back. Just 90 seconds into the first half, Fernando Torres set up what should have been an Oscar equalizer, but instead was a Matthew Kilgallon own goal. On a great square ball from Torres, Oscar took a horrendous touch that caused the ball to run well in front of him. Simon Mignolet failed to pick up the ball and simply nudged it towards Kilgallon, who deflected it into the back of the net.

Branislav Ivanovic seemed to unintentionally net a brilliant winner just seven minutes later. On a 25-yard shot from David Luiz, Ivanovic inadvertently played a spectacular backheel to redirect the shot and completely fool Mignolet, giving him no chance to make a stop.

From them on, Chelsea were able to control the match without much of a problem and hold onto the lead. They didn't seem to be interested in going for the kill, while Sunderland looked as toothless playing from behind in their first game under Paolo Di Canio as they did all season under Martin O'Neill.

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