HALF TIME REPORT – Sunderland welcome Chelsea to the Stadium of Light for the 37th game of the Premier League this season in which the first half ends 1-2 to Chelsea.
Within the first minute, Jermaine Defoe found himself in possession of the ball in behind the Chelsea defence but got brought down by Gary Cahill, luckily John terry made it round on the cover so the only punishment for Cahill was a yellow card for the foul 30 yards out.
Chelsea managed some good possession in the opening 10 minutes but the only shot they could muster was a tame effort from Willian on the the edge of the box.
Chelsea took an early lead in the 14th minute through forward Diego Costa with a lucky deflected pass that found it’s way to the Spanish international who easily found the corner of the goal to make it Sunderland 0 – 1 Chelsea.
Up to the half hour mark, Chelsea dominated the majority of possession, neither side creating many goal scoring opportunities.
The 40th minute, completely against the run of play, Khazri for Sunderland hits the ball on the volley from the edge of the box and nestles it into the corner of the goal easily past a helpless Courtois.
Stoppage time in the first half, terrible defending from the Sunderland defence and Nemanja Matic in an unfamiliar position and he slots the ball through the goalkeepers legs with a lot of composure.
The first half comes to an end with Chelsea leading 2-1 at the break.