Chelsea fought back from a goal down to thump Cardiff after scoring an equaliser which should not have stood.

Jordon Mutch ran through to put Cardiff ahead after David Luiz's mistake.

But Eden Hazard levelled after Samuel Eto'o kicked the ball away as Bluebirds keeper David Marshall bounced it, which according to Fifa's rules is a foul.

A well-worked Eto'o goal put Chelsea ahead and, after their boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands, Oscar and Hazard sealed the victory.

Chelsea climb to second in the table but the scoreline was harsh on Cardiff - starting with the home side's equaliser in the 32nd minute.

The laws of the game stipulate that the ball is considered under the goalkeeper's control when he bounces it, but referee Anthony Taylor allowed play to continue before Hazard fired home.

Samuel Eto'o, David Marshall, Eden Hazard

David Marshall is sprawled on the ground after Samuel Eto'o nicks the ball from him

Cardiff had taken the lead with a bizarre goal of their own. Luiz casually let the ball run past him after Ramires played it back to Cech, allowing Mutch to nip in and coolly slot home.

The Welsh side were showing no ill-effects of a turbulent two-week period that saw the future of boss Malky Mackay put in doubt when his head of recruitment, Iain Moody, was replaced by unknown 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov.

Mackay has insisted he has no intention to quit, despite reports that Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan is also suggesting substitutions and tactics during games.

No clean sheet on Cech landmark

Petr Cech was making his 300th Premier League appearance for Chelsea but could not keep what would have been his 146th clean sheet. Jordon Mutch's goal for Cardiff was the 220th to have been scored past Cech in the league since he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2004.

Tan was not at Stamford Bridge and Mackay's tactics proved effective as his side soaked up Chelsea's attacks despite conceding the majority of possession, and frequently threatened on the break.

John Terry twice went close to levelling with headers but it took a superb save from Petr Cech to stop Peter Odemwingie extending Cardiff's lead with a header from Peter Whittingham's free-kick.

Chelsea's frustrations continued after their controversial equaliser, at least until Eto'o scored his first Premier League goal after 66 minutes by latching on to a Hazard pass and burying the ball past Marshall.

The Bluebirds responded well and almost hit back when Kim Bo-Kyung stung Cech's palms.

Cardiff 'time-wasting' angers Chelsea

Mourinho had to watch what looked like being an anxious final 20 minutes from the stands, with Taylor ordering him from his technical area after he persistently complained to fourth official Trevor Kettle about the referee's decisions.

But Oscar's fine strike from the edge of the box gave his side breathing space in the 78th minute and Hazard made it four soon after, dancing into the box before beating Marshall at his near post.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 34 Bertrand (Torres - 64' )
  • 08 Lampard
  • 04 David Luiz Booked
  • 26 Terry
  • 10 Mata (Oscar - 59' )
  • 07 Ramires
  • 29 Eto'o (Azpilicueta - 69' )
  • 22 Willian
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 05 Essien
  • 09 Torres
  • 11 Oscar
  • 15 De Bruyne
  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 24 Cahill
  • 28 Azpilicueta

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall Booked
  • 28 Théophile-Catherine
  • 03 Taylor
  • 17 Gunnarsson (Gestede - 81' )
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner
  • 19 Cowie Booked
  • 08 Medel (Kim Bo-kyung - 56' )
  • 11 Odemwingie (Campbell - 67' )
  • 18 Mutch
  • 07 Whittingham

Substitutes

  • 05 Hudson
  • 10 Campbell
  • 13 Kim Bo-kyung
  • 15 Gestede
  • 16 Noone
  • 23 Maynard
  • 32 Lewis
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 41,475

Match Stats

Shots

20 13

On target

7 3

Corners

6 9

Fouls

12 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1.

90:00 +3:24

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:24

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

90:00 +1:49

Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oscar.

90:00 +0:57

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

90:00 +0:57

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:01

Attempt blocked. Ben Turner (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

86:36

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ramires.

86:25

Attempt blocked. Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:47

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

85:47

Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:49

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

83:49

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:43

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by John Terry.

82:41

Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

81:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

80:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Rudy Gestede replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

79:06

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

78:33

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Frank Lampard.

77:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 3, Cardiff City 1. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ramires.

75:41

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

75:41

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:25

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Petr Cech.

74:20

Attempt saved. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

74:13

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kévin Théophile-Catherine with a cross.

71:44

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

70:12

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Ben Turner is caught offside.

69:54

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

69:54

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta replaces Samuel Eto'o.

66:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Fraizer Campbell replaces Peter Odemwingie.

65:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 2, Cardiff City 1. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

65:17

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

64:53

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

63:52

Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Don Cowie.

63:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Fernando Torres replaces Ryan Bertrand.

62:53

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

62:10

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.

60:22

Offside, Chelsea. Frank Lampard tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.

59:48

Attempt missed. Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Turner.

59:03

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

58:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Oscar replaces Juan Mata.

55:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kim Bo-Kyung replaces Gary Medel.

53:13 Booking

Booking David Marshall (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

52:35

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

50:57

Attempt missed. Gary Medel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

50:31

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Samuel Eto'o.

49:59

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

49:26

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

49:26

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:08

Attempt saved. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Willian.

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 1, Cardiff City 1.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 1, Cardiff City 1.

45:00 +0:06

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

44:33 Booking

Booking Don Cowie (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:26

Juan Mata (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:26

Foul by Don Cowie (Cardiff City).

43:32

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata.

41:11

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

40:35

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Caulker with a headed pass.

39:57 Booking

Booking David Luiz (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:54

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

39:54

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:45

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:45

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

38:05

Offside, Chelsea. John Terry tries a through ball, but Willian is caught offside.

36:44

Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Juan Mata.

35:22

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gary Medel.

32:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, Cardiff City 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

31:52

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) header from outside the box misses to the left.

31:46

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

29:59

Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

29:59

Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:24

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:24

Foul by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City).

27:39

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordon Mutch with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

27:10

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

27:10

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:21

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea).

25:21

Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:44

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross following a corner.

21:27

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gary Medel.

20:48

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Samuel Eto'o.

20:15

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Petr Cech.

20:10

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

19:22

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

19:22

Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:51

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross following a corner.

16:34

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Kévin Théophile-Catherine.

14:51

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

14:17

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Caulker.

9:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 0, Cardiff City 1. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

8:49

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

6:19

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:37

Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:37

Foul by Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

3:21

Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

3:21

Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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