ended the campaign eight
points clear at the top
after a final-day win over
Steven Fletcher’s header
put the visitors ahead but a
Diego Costa penalty – after
John O’Shea barged Juan
Cuadrado – levelled before
the break.
Costa replaced Didier Drogba,
who was carried off by his
team-mates after 30 minutes of
his final Chelsea outing.
And another sub, Loic Remy,
put Chelsea ahead from 20
yards, before concluding the
win with a cute close-range
Sunderland finish the Premier
League season in 16th, three
points clear of danger.
Dick Advocaat’s side were
already safe before Sunday’s
game and played with freedom,
peppering Petr Cech’s goal with
17 shots.
But the goalkeeper, making
what could be his final Chelsea
appearance, was beaten only
once – Adam Johnson’s 26thminute
corner was allowed
to travel to the back post and
Fletcher was poised to thump a
header into the net.
That was to prove the
highlight for the visitors, who
defended stoically but were
ultimately overwhelmed as they
searched for consecutive wins at
Stamford Bridge

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