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Sunderland bow out of Premier League with a loss to the Champions

The final day of the season saw Sunderland travel to the ‘Home of the Champions’ to take on title winners, Chelsea before the Blues inevitably lifted the Premier League trophy.

 

The Black Cats got off to a blistering start, with Javier Manquillo scoring the opener just 3 minutes in, slotting home the rebound from Seb Larsson’s free-kick. However, their lead didn’t last long as the Champions fired back 5 minutes later, with Willian driving home from a difficult angle following a scramble in and around the Sunderland area.

 

Sunderland defended well and kept the game level going into half-time, although the Champions continued to dominate possession and eventually took the lead with half an hour to go from a thunderous strike from Eden Hazard.

 

Chelsea pushed on from that point and took their chances to net 3 more. The first came from Pedro on the 77th minute as he capitalised on a mishit clearance from Joleon Lescott, to head home the Blues’ third. Belgian striker, Michy Batshuayi then netted two in the dying minutes of the game, taking his tally to 5 goals in three games.

 

Sunderland fought hard but in the end the Blues showed their quality and topped off an excellent season with a strong performance.

 

It was a bittersweet afternoon for Chelsea as they lifted the trophy but also said goodbye to their longest serving player, John Terry. Terry was given a guard of honour from his teammates as he left the pitch on the 26th minute mark, his number since joining the club at 14 years of age.