Last Updated: Sun, 07 Apr 2013 18:27
Paolo Di Canio's debut match as Sunderland boss ended in defeat as Chelsea returned to the top four with a third successive win.
The former Swindon manager, who replaced Martin O'Neil, got off to the perfect start thanks to Cesar Azpilicueta's own goal.
But Matt Kilgallon deflected into his own net following a surging run by substitute Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic directed in a David Luiz shot to put the Blues in front.
Di Canio, who was met warmly by Chelsea captain John Terry before kick-off, was given seven games to ensure survival.
He made three changes from O'Neill's last match in charge with Connor Wickham, Sebastian Larsson and Kilgallon drafted in.
Sunderland were playing on the counter attack and Adam Johnson's curling shot was blocked by Luiz before Craig Gardner was booked for a late lunge on Demba Ba. It might have been red.
Eden Hazard's tame header from Oscar's cross was easily saved by Simon Mignolet, before Sunderland broke and claimed a 45th-minute corner. Johnson's set-piece was flicked on by John O'Shea and Azpilicueta could only deflect the ball into his own net.
Torres came on at half-time for Ba, whose movement was limited after Gardner's challenge, and his first act led to Chelsea's equaliser. The Spaniard found Oscar, who, for once, lost control of the ball as Mignolet raced to meet him. The ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper and hit Kilgallon before spinning into the far corner.
Chelsea also benefited from good fortune for their second after 55 minutes, when Wickham failed to clear a corner Luiz struck a low shot which Ivanovic cleverly turned in with a back-heel.
Di Canio's former West Ham team-mate Frank Lampard was introduced for the final skirmishes but Sunderland could not find an equaliser.
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