A tap in for Bent salvages another consolation for Sunderland as he steers in from a goal mouth scramble, a crazy game at Stamford today as the final whistle sounds.
90+2 GOAL BENT!!
90+1 Two extra minutes of misery for Sunderland.
An assist for Anelka as he does brilliant to pick Lampard out with a drilled cross and the midfielder adjusts well to steer a downward header into the corner leaving Fulop no chance. What a performance Chelsea have put in today.
90 GOAL LAMPARD!!
88 Zenden almost puts the ball in the back of his own net this time after a delicious cross from Joe Cole. He gets away with a corner though.
87 Lack of communication between Jones and Bent sees a chance go begging and Chelsea stream forward in search of a seventh.
86 Zenden skips past Carvalho before threading a ball through to Bent who had strayed offside.
85 Indeed, Alex does hit it and his deflected effort finds Balletti who keeps it in play before Joe Cole hits the post with a header from 4 yards out when he really should score.
84 Chelsea have a free-kick in a dangerous area with Alex eyeing it up.
83 Great wing play from Anelka ends with a disappointing cross with Lampard in yards of space at the back post.
82 A touch from McCartney stops the ball from reaching the path of Alex, who may have been in an offside position anyhow.
81 Lampard’s effort deflects for yet another Chelsea corner, I lost count of how many they’ve had long ago.
79 Anelka threats Lampard through but he can’t control it, Malouda keeps it in play and pulls back for Lampard again at the back post but it’s just to high for the England midfielder.
78 Anelka tries to place a pass but Da Silva intercepts.
77 Joe Cole tries to bend an effort on goal with the outside of his right foot but it bends wide.
76 What a chance for the hat-tick for Anelka as Malouda digs out a fine cross and the striker finds himself in space 6 yards out but he directs his volley straight at Fulop who parries to safety.
75 Anelka does ever so well to hold up play in the centre before being bundled over by Henderson.
74 Fulop punches Malouda’s corner and Ballack is penalised after the ball is floated back into the area.
73 Henderson looks for a foul against Balletti but the referee waves play on and Chelsea earn another corner from the break.
72 Campbell comes on for Murphy for Sunderland.
71 Confusion between Cech and Alex almost allows Jones to nip in, Chelsea get away with conceding another.
70 Chelsea are really enjoying their football and Zhirkov has been impressive since coming on. He’s linking up well with Anelka with the Frenchman eager for a hat-trick.
69 Malouda’s corner is nodded wide and Chelsea have another chance but this time Cana heads clear in the right direction.
68 Malouda looks for an opening and finds Zhirkov who wins a corner.
67 Fulop has made some fine saves in this game despite the scoreline, but he made a right hash of that cross.
66 Bardsley goes into the book for a late one on Malouda.
Fulop makes a meal of Zhirkov’s cross as he comes and palms straight into the path of Anelka who keeps his cool to chest and slot into an empty net.
65 GOAL ANELKA!!
64 Joe Cole takes on McCartney and gets a cross in on the byline, but Fulop reads it well and is off his line to make the save.
63 Fulop easily claims Lampard’s corner amid a sea of outspread bodies.
62 Ballack almost sneaks in for a second after Malouda picked him out at the back post, but he doesn’t control well with his chest and the Black Cats survive.
61 Henderson’s free-kick delivery is cleared by the Chelsea defence but Sunderland have upped their game after that goal.
60 Bardsley lines up a shot and his long range effort isn’t too far off with Cech back-peddling onto his line as it just evades the crossbar.
59 Incidentally, Ashley Cole’s withdrawal is believed to be a precaution while Terry has earned a rest.
Sunderland have restored some pride with a fine goal. McCartney’s long ball is knocked down by Jones for Zenden and the substitute controls and steers into the bottom corner.
56 GOAL ZENDEN!!
54 The Stamford Bridge atmosphere is electric as Chelsea continue to enhance their goal difference, and they want more it seems.
Too easy for Chelsea. Joe Cole has time and space to place his cross right onto the head of Ballack and the German does not miss with his head when unmarked 7 yards out.
52 GOAL BALLACK!!
52 Malouda’s corner is cleared by Cana but the Blues are back on the ball once more.
51 Anelka pesters Da Silva and earns his side another corner.
50 Anelka unleashes a thunderous effort which is tipped onto the bar brilliantly by Fulop and again off the post.
49 Bent clears Joe Cole’s corner which failed to beat the first man.
48 Chelsea aren’t taking things lightly despite the score and change in personnel, they have another corner now.
47 A few changes at the break to tell you of. Alex and Zhirkov have come on for the Blues in place of Terry and Ashley Cole. Meanwhile, Zenden has entered the pitch for the away side for Malbranque.
46 The home side get the game under-way once again.
45+2 Half-time at Stamford Bridge.
45+1 Balletti’s chipped through-ball for Lampard is clever but just too strong and Cana comes away with possession.
45 Ivanovic does well to win back possession for his side and ignite a counter which is broken down but Ballack wins a throw-in.
44 Anelka pulls the ball back for Joe Cole on the edge of the area but the midfielder doesn’t really get hold of his shot and Fulop gets down to make the save.
42 A little uncertainty at the back for Chelsea as Jones causes an aerial threat before the ball is cleared off the toes of Murphy.
41 A neat one-two between Anelka and Lampard sees the former shoot from a tight angle but he drags his effort wide across the face of goal.
40 Balletti tries his luck from range once again. With the scoreline at 4-0, he seems eager to get in on the act with a trademark scorcher today.
39 Cana clears from Balletti’s cross after he twists and turns Bardsley out wide.
38 Bent’s header is wayward and Murphy can’t keep it in play, goal-kick to Chelsea after a rare Sunderland attack.
37 Balletti gifts Sunderland some breathing space as his 35-yard effort finds the stands.
36 Half-time can’t come soon enough for the away side, it’s all one way traffic to say the least.
35 Sunderland are all over the place and a fifth almost goes in on two occasions in the same phase of play as first Ashley Cole miscues before Ballack’s cross almost sneaks in.
Ashley Cole is running the show and it is his perfect cross which Lampard gets his foot on to steer past Fulop who can do little once again as Chelsea threaten to humiliate Sunderland today.
34 GOAL LAMPARD!!
33 Fulop denies Anelka a second after a long through ball once again caused problems for Cana, the keeper did well to make the foot-block.
32 Anelka pulls off a neat lay-off for Lampard who shoots from around 30 yards but his low effort is scuffed slightly and misses the target.
31 Ivanovic tries his luck from range but it’s way off target.
30 Jones tries to hold the ball up as he waits for support but is eventually dispossessed with little options in front of him.
29 Anelka controls a long ball from Carvalho but Cana does well to dispossess the Frenchman.
27 Chelsea are beginning to slow the pace of the game now, happy to wait for an opening as they stroke the ball about with ease.
26 Ashley Cole is up for it today and he wants another as he attempted a volley from range but Bardsley makes the block and the blues have a corner which is claimed by Fulop.
24 Sunderland are stunned and look completely deflated, they’ve taken a battering so far.
Chelsea are rampant. An angled cross-field ball from Terry is inch-perfect for Cole who controls well and sells Cana a dummy as he cuts inside before scooping the ball over a hapless Fulop. Breathtaking stuff.
22 GOAL ASHLEY COLE!!
22 McCartney finds space as he streams forward and with little on he opts to shoot from range, not a bad effort but it sails wide.
21 Malbranque skips past a handful of tackles before playing Bent in out wide, the striker’s cross is easily dealt with though.
20 Bent is flagged offside after Jones plays him in.
Malouda strides forward after winning a challenge, a handful of step-overs fools Cana before he unleashes a drilled right-foot effort into the bottom corner from just inside the area, a fine goal.
17 GOAL MALOUDA!!
16 Malouda’s corner is headed clear by Malbranque and Sunderland look to break before Bent loses possession.
15 Meyler trips up Malouda gifting Chelsea a free-kick fairly central in midfield.
14 Bent finds an opening after Jones won a challenge from Terry but he places his shot straight down Cech’s throat causing the keeper no problems.
13 Cole pulls a cross back across the face of goal but Cana is there to clear the danger.
12 Cech punts a goal-kick up field.
11 Ballack hurries a cross and inadvertently skies his effort, gifting Sunderland possession from the throw.
10 Appeals for handball against Cana are turned down, looked like the wrong decision though.
9 Sunderland look to hit back as Murphy finds an opening, Cech looks unconvincing in dealing with it but he does all the same.
Ballack feeds a delightful ball through to Anelka who coolly rounds Fulop and steers into an empty net, simple stuff.
8 GOAL ANELKA!!
6 Bright start from the hosts here and Sunderland are somewhat fortunate they haven’t quite found their range just yet.
4 Sunderland get away with another great chance for the Blues to open the scoring, this time it’s Ashley Cole who pops up at the back post only to direct his header wide across the face of goal.
3 Lampard loses out to Malbranque and a long ball towards Jones is well dealt with by Carvalho.
2 An early chance for Joe Cole as he races onto a flick-on by Malouda but he fails to get the ball out from under his feet and the chance goes begging.
1 The away side get the ball rolling at Stamford Bridge and earn a throw almost immediately.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Belletti, Lampard, Joe Cole, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Hilario, Zhirkov, Paulo Ferreira, Sturridge, Matic, Alex, Borini.
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Cana, Da Silva, McCartney, Malbranque, Henderson, Meyler, Murphy, Bent, Jones. Subs: Carson, Zenden, Campbell, Liam Noble, Healy, Ryan Noble, Liddle