Matchday Musings: Sunderland 2-1 Chelsea
Fight for Semi-Finals
The early League Cup is slowly drawing to a close as teams around the country play for their spots in the semi-finals. Sunderland hosted Chelsea this evening in the Stadium of Light hoping to take revenge against the Blues who had beaten them 4-3 only ten days ago. Gus Poyet managed to beat the Premier League giants from London in a 2-1 extra time victory. The goals from both substitutes, Fabio Borini and Sung-Yong Ki, were only minutes away from the end of regulation time. The Black Cats won an incredible match that gives them their first chance in the final 4 in over 14 years. Revenge is sweet for the city of Sunderland with Ki’s 118th minute goal.
Lampard Forces an Own Goal
After a scoreless first half, the Blues came back with strong response scoring only a minute after kickoff. A brilliant cross from Cesar Azpilicueta to Lampard, fed the ball to the back of the net after deflecting off of Lee Cattermole, resulting in an own goal. With such quick response from Jose Mourinho’s men, Chelsea were looking keen to pass to the next round. The starting eleven for Chelsea were quite different from previous matches, including 40-year old Mark Schwarzer and Kevin De Bruyne. Both players made a big impact for their side, including a seemingly match saving goal late in the match. The Belgium’s can also be happy as De Bruyne was finally selected to start, especially with Mourinho’s decision not to let him go on loan again.
A late substitution decision by Poyet gave him the equalizing goal to send the match into extra time and have another chance to finally defeat Chelsea. Scoring in the 88th minute of the match was an incredible feat for the team and Fabio Borini himself. “That’s the striker’s job and the striker’s sense to try and read where the ball can finish and there was a deflection and I put it in the net,” Borini told SAFC. This was his first League Cup goal and second goal in all competitions while playing in the senior Premier League. Serving on loan from Liverpool, his role at Sunderland is becoming more beneficial with increased playing time.
Sunderland Fans in Full Support
Returning home after the previous 4-3 defeat against Chelsea in London, proved them not to be a club to overlook. The 2-1 victory tonight at the Stadium of Light showed the League that they are ones to reckon with. In fact, the supporting side was so involved that a fan ran out to the pitch in the middle of the game to share words with the players. This win will give them a new hope in the Premier League so they can climb out from the bottom of the table. Now sitting at only 9 points overall, needing two more wins to even move up in position.
Man of the Match: Sung-Yong Ki
Playing an entire ninety minutes and an additional nineteen minutes of extra time, Sunderland finally put away the match winning goal. Expecting to go into penalties, the loaned player from Swansea, Ki, scored a rare goal in the 118th minute giving the Black Cats the win. Ki was sitting on the bench at the beginning of the match, waiting to come on and turn the game their way. “Whether I play one minute, two minutes, 45 minutes or 90 minutes, I don’t care, I just want to do my best on the pitch.” he told safc.com. “It was a great occasion for me, for the fans and for the football club,” he told safc.com as well during his post match press talks.