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SUNDERLAND 0 CHELSEA 1: FABREGAS BREAKS THE HOST SIDE OVERPACKED DEFENCE TO PUT BLUES SIX POINTS CLE


Sunderland players left it late to press for an equaliser and were only denied by the superb Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian had a quiet night but was alert and focused in injury time to keep out first Jason Denayer, and then Patrick van Aanholt.

Cesc Fabregas scored his first Premier League goal since May to extend Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to six points.

David Moyles shouting out instructions, his tactics were undone five minutes before half time.

Fabregas played a one-two with Willian, quickly receiving the ball back on the edge of the box and picking out the bottom corner with a curling effort.

Sunderland welcomed five-year-old fan Bradley Lowery to join with their warm-up – and even scored past Chelsea stopper Asmir Begovic. He is suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, and is dreadfully not expected to stay alive many months into 2017.

Chelsea's boss Antonio Conte

Fabregas was– signed by Jose Mourinho in June 2014 – also helped Antonio Conte equal the club record of ten wins in a row set by the Special One in 2006.