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Richard Winton

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    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

  2. CLOSE!

    Remy has escaped again but Sunderland somehow scramble clear with a hat trick looming.

  3. CLOSE!

    Another save from Petr Cech and again it came from Connor Wickham.

  4. GOAL

    Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland - Loic Remy

    A lovely way to end it. Loic Remy finishes off a smart move with a cute near-post finish.

  5. CLOSE!

    Sunderland are having a go here. Connor Wickham has just unloaded a vicious shot - the visitors' 13th of the game - into Petr Cech's midriff.

  6. For the record

    If John Terry completes the 90 minutes - and he's getting close - he will become only the second outfield player to play every minute in a Premier League title-winning season, following Manchester United's Gary Pallister in 1992-93.

  7. Post update

    Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has just clattered in an effort that is currently bouncing down the Fulham Road. Jermain Defoe does a little better, but Petr Cech still comfortably fields his drive.


    Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is booked for a cynical challenge.


    Tremendous intervention by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, throwing himself adroitly to his right to keep out a Willian header.


    Change for Chelsea. John Obi Mikel trots off and Danish defender Andreas Christensen takes to the field for his third senior appearance.


    Emanuele Giaccherini comes on in place of Adam Johnson for Sunderland.

  12. Worthy player of the year

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Eden Hazard has been kicked all season but he's learned that he's got to pick himself up and get on with it. And he's been terrific.

  13. CLOSE!

    Ooft, Steven Fletcher should have equalised. The Scottish striker had a free header from seven yards but flashed it wide. Very much the finish of a man who has scored one club goal since November.

  14. GOAL

    Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland - Loic Remy

    Eden Hazard again. Another scything run, another cute pass from the Belgian and this time Loic Remy dragged a low shot past Vito Mannone from 22 yards.

  15. CLOSE!

    Willian scuds a devilish low shot just wide of Vito Mannone's goal. Chelsea turning the screw again.

  16. Decisive moment Pt II

    Diego Costa

    And Diego Costa converted the kick.

  17. Decisive moment Pt I

    John O'Shea

    Juan Cuadrado earned the penalty that has champions Chelsea level...

  18. Good omens?

    Sunderland are unbeaten in their last two games against Chelsea (W1, D1), having lost 17 of the previous 18 league meetings.

  19. CLOSE!

    Another chance for the visitors as Steven Fletcher comes close to doubling his tally for the day.

  20. CLOSE!

    Chelsea earn another corner. This time an Eden Hazard shot is deflected wide, but stoic Sunderland again deal with a dangerous delivery. The ball is returned and Gary Cahill's tame effort is easily gathered by Vito Mannone.

  21. More work to do

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Chelsea's season doesn't end here. After this they are going to the far east for a mini-tour.

    Whit? Yer at the kiddin, Jonathan? Give them a break.

  22. Post update

    Chelsea force consecutive corners. Sunderland are on the rack but they survive, Branislav Ivanovic heading the second delivery well wide.

  23. Dentist's chair

    Hazard was not expected to play today, having had three wisdom teeth hauled out during the week, but the little Belgian is wreaking his usual havoc. Remember when stories involving the dentist's chair and football used to be about something entirely different?

  24. CLOSE!

    Dearie me, what a run that was by Eden Hazard. The Belgian eliminated a handful of Sunderland defenders and played in Loic Remy, but the substitute was crowded out.

  25. SAVE!

    Petr Cech is called upon once more. So much for a quiet farewell. The Czech has to plunge low to his left to push past a Jack Rodwell scud.

  26. Post update

    From the corner, Nemanja Matic heads over from a couple of yards but was deemed offside anyway.

  27. CLOSE!

    Agh, Diego Costa had an opening there, but Branislav Ivanovic's cross reared up at the Spain international and the opportunity was gone. The ball is returned, though, and Loic Remy lashes wide with the help of a deflection.

  28. Hard to beat

    Chelsea have lost just four games in all competitions this season, meaning that whatever happens today they will better their previous club record mark of six.

    The quartet who have bested them? Newcastle, Tottenham, Bradford and West Brom. Well played everyone.

  29. Home advantage

    Sunderland meted out the only home Premier League defeat of Jose Mourinho's two Stamford Bridge tenures when they triumphed here last term. That's one defeat in 98 (!) games.

  30. KICK-OFF

    Referee Lee Mason is holding them back for some reason... but now we're off.

  31. Post update

    The teams are back out and ready to go...

  32. Match stats

  33. Low bar

    If Chelsea fail to win they will be only the second champions in the last 12 seasons to end with fewer than 86 points. Manchester United took the title with 80 points in 2011.

  34. As it stands


    Chelsea would win the title by six points...


    And Sunderland would end the campaign in 15th, four points clear of the relegation zone.

  35. Steadied the ship

    Didier Drogba

    Sunderland have only lost one of their last seven league games (W3, D3) and two of eight since Dick Advocaat took charge.


    Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland

    And that's us leaving for orange segments and slugs of diluting juice.

  37. SAVE!

    A rare Sunderland break. Petr Cech gets down sharply at his near post to thwart a low Jermain Defoe drive.

  38. Post update

    The half is ending as it began... with Chelsea swarming around the Sunderland area without creating clear chances.

  39. Post update

    We're going to have three minutes of stoppage time. Most of it due to that Didier Drogba throne caper...


    Loic Remy has hauled off his tracksuit top and canters on to take Juan Cuadrado's place.


    Juan Cuadrado booked for leaving a foot in on Sebastian Coates. Probably fair. The Colombian is now down again, though, clutching his left leg.

  42. In control

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Chelsea have bossed this game, even though it's 1-1. They have had 65% of first-half possession.

  43. Post update

    It was a clear foul by John O'Shea on Juan Cuadrado. The only possible argument Sunderland might have is that the foul was right on the edge of the area.

  44. GOAL

    Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland - Diego Costa

    Diego Costa steps up... spots the ball a second time... and steers past Vito Mannone.


    Juan Cuadrado is downed by John O'Shea...

  46. Post update

    Spike that, Juan Cuadrado is back on after a wee rub and spray.

  47. Post update

    Juan Cuadrado is crumpled on the touchline as play rages around him. Not sure if the Colombian can continue here...

  48. Post update

    Was there not something a little disrespectful about that whole human armchair routine mid-game? Or am I just a miserable sod? Still, it's probably served to prick the exuberance of the Sunderland players after they took the lead. Clever move, Jose.

  49. Post update

    The jersey is off and the hugs and handshakes are being exchanged as Didier Drogba ambles into the dug out.


    After a rampant first few minutes, Didier Drogba appears to have rather ran out of puff. He is being replaced by Diego Costa and is being carried off the pitch by his team-mates. Would it be uncharitable to suggest he needs the assistance?

  51. GOAL

    Chelsea 0-1 Sunderland - Steven Fletcher

    Adam Johnson's corner flashes all the way across the Chelsea penalty area and is met by the forehead of Steven Fletcher at the back post. Really poor defending by the champions, there.

  52. SAVE!

    Petr Cech is called upon again, this time the Chelsea goalkeeper pushing away a Patrick van Aanholt drive.

  53. Blankety Blank

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Sunderland have had nine goalless draws this season. Not a hugely welcome statistic.

  54. WIDE!

    Patrick van Aanholt has just skittered a low offered wide. He wasn't particularly close but Jose Mourinho will, you imagine, be piqued by the amount of space the Sunderland full-back found there.

  55. Post update

    Hmm, Juan Cuadrado has just speared a crossfield ball into the stand. Not hugely impressive by Chelsea's Colombian attacker.

  56. SAVE!

    Chelsea's Serb defender is clearly aggrieved and responds by stinging Vito Mannone's palms with a fierce drive.


    Branislav Ivanovic is picked out by Eden Hazard's delightful diagonal and bursts into the box only to fall under pressure. Is he fouled by Seb Larsson? Perhaps. He appeared to be already on his way top ground before contact was made, though.

  58. SAVE!

    Seb Larsson is over a free-kick... and his fizzing effort is beaten away by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

  59. Post update

    As you can probably tell, there's not much happening. Chelsea have most of the ball but Sunderland look solid and well organised, as you'd expect from a side who have not conceded in their past three matches.

    That's something of an achievement if you recall just how rank rotten their defence was in the dying days of Gus Poyet's reign.

  60. Vary your approach

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Chelsea have to avoid playing to Didier Drogba too often today simply to try to get him on the scoresheet in his final game.

  61. Post update

    Sunderland have the ball. A new development...

  62. Post update

    Didier Drogba looks keen today. Sunderland centre-backs John O'Shea and Sebastian Coates are already taking a bit of a beasting from the Ivorian.

  63. CLOSE!

    Didier Drogba almost scores his 165th Chelsea goal but his close-range effort from Juan Cuadrado's cross flashes narrowly wide.

  64. CLOSE!

    Branislav Ivanovic is unmarked but can only head over from a corner. Sunderland are hemmed in already.

  65. Post update

    Free kick for Chelsea as Willian is downed by Seb Larsson. The Brazilian delivers but Vito Mannone bats the ball away under pressure from Branislav Ivanovic.

  66. KICK-OFF

    And we're off, Chelsea are in possession...

  67. Big build up

    The teams are out and the guy with the loud speaker is giving it big licks. You ready?

  68. Mark of respect?

    Here we go, another guard of honour, the scourge of modern-day football. And should the officials really be taking part?

  69. Lawro's prediction


    "Sunderland's players have probably been on their jollies this week, and why not. You can understand why they would be enjoying themselves since they made sure they would stay up with their draw at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night."

  70. Prize-giving day

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "The Stamford Bridge cathedral awaits the coronation. There's a celebratory pomp in the air."

  71. Happy memories

    A collection men in expensive-looking suits are being paraded on the Stamford Bridge pitch. Bet they all smell lovely, too.

    Anyway, on closer inspection, it becomes clear they are members of Chelsea's 2005 title-winning side and they are now being joined by Jose Mourinho, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and John Terry - each in full kit - for one of the strangest team photos you'll see this season.

  72. Team news

    Jose Mourinho makes six changes to the Chelsea side that lost at West Brom on Monday, with Petr Cech and Didier Drogba making what could well be their farewell appearances for the club. Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel, Juan Cuadrado and Willian are also included.

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat makes three alterations to the side that secured safety with a goalless draw at Arsenal. Vito Mannone, Jack Rodwell and Steven Fletcher are in, with Costel Pantilimon, Lee Cattermole and Danny Graham dropping out.

    Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Cuadrado, Willian, Hazard; Drogba

    Sunderland XI: Mannone, Jones, O'Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson; Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe

  73. Fond farewell

    Didier Drogba

    A day of celebration will also be tinged with sadness as one, perhaps two, stalwarts say their Chelsea farewells.

    On Sunday morning, the club confirmed that today will mark the final, final game of Didier Drogba's Stamford Bridge career. The Ivorian's one-year contract will not be extended, meaning the 37-year-old's second spell at the club will draw to a close.

    Another old favourite waving goodbye could be Petr Cech, who is expected to move on in the summer in search of first-team football. The Czech has, though, been afforded one last start...

  74. Party time

    Chelsea celebrate

    As for Chelsea, today is the day Jose Mourinho's side will be presented with the Premier League trophy.

    They won more games and lost fewer than anyone else and no club has conceded fewer goals. A decent foundation, you might say.

  75. Out of his hands?

    Dick Advocaat

    Whether their Dutch coach will still be with them is yet to be decided. Mrs Advocaat isn't keen on an extended stay on Wearside, by all accounts, but will the lure of one last challenge prove too much for Wee Dick, the Little General?

  76. Beautiful Sunday?

    You imagine Sunderland are looking forward to this game a little more than they might have been. Imagine they were travelling to face champions Chelsea with the burden of needing to take something to preserve their Premier League status.

    Instead, a point at Arsenal in midweek has ensured that Dick Advocaat's side will play in the top flight next term.