Sunderland 2 Chelsea 4

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley (second from right) celebrates with team mates after scoring.
Sunderland's Phil Bardsley (second from right) celebrates with team mates after scoring.
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SUNDERLAND battled bravely but couldn’t pull off a famous double against a Chelsea side that turned on the style.

Chelsea’s new big-money signings Fernando Torres and David Luiz were absent and the Blues were caught cold when Sunderland shot out of the blocks and claimed a fine opener from Phil Bardsley on four minutes.

Chelsea were gifted an equaliser when Ahmed Elmohamady conceded a 15th minute penalty, which Frank Lampard buried, before Salomon Kalou put them in front eight minutes later, Craig Gordon caught out rushing from his line.

Kieran Richardson’s free-kick drew the home side level three minutes later but Chelsea stepped up a gear in the second half with John Terry firing home a rebound on the hour after a hotly contested corner before Nicolas Anelka claimed the fourth late on.