CLASSIC MATCH – Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland – 19th April 2014
In the 2013/14 season, Gus Poyet’s Sunderland completed ‘The Great Escape’, and it all started with a huge win at Stamford Bridge.
The Black Cats were the first team to beat Josè Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, after he went unbeaten at home for an unbelievable 78 games.
Samuel Eto’o opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the game after he volleyed the ball past Vito Mannone in goal following a brilliant corner by Willian.
It didn’t take long for Sunderland to equalise, though.
Marcos Alonso’s effort was saved by Mark Schwarzer, but he parried the ball into Connor Wickham’s path, and he dinked the ball over Schwarzer and into the net.
The Black Cats went on to soke up Chelsea’s pressure, and they defended doggedly throughout.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, Jozy Altidore pounced onto a Cesar Azpilicueta mistake.
Antidote drove into the penalty area, and Azpilicueta desperately lunged in, but he brought the American down and a penalty was awarded.
Fabio Borini stepped up and confidently smashed the ball home beyond Schwarzer in goal.
The win meant that Sunderland were just three points away from safety going into the final four games of the season.
The Black Cats won their next 3 games, including a magnificent away victory at Manchester United, and in their final home game, Sunderland beat West Brom 2-0 to secure Premier League football the following season.