A few bright passages of play early from Chelsea, and while there was a fair slice of luck involved in our goal, it was no less what we deserved — as far as anyone can ever deserve anything on the football pitch. Gary Cahill had stayed forward from a set piece, and it was his flicked pass that was deflected into the path of Diego Costa, who curled a sweet finish from a very tight angle past Vito Mannone.
Chelsea didn't particularly kick on from that point however, and the match petered out into a mostly even affair of half-chances and poor passes. And then out of nowhere, Sunderland's Khazri equalized with a ridiculous finish after Chelsea failed to properly clear the ball.
So 1-1 at the half.
Overall, a disjointed performance from the boys in Blue. Many are trying, including Eden Hazard and Diego Costa (but as always, the former could use a bit more direct running and the latter could use a little less). Azpilicueta has been a busy man, and Matic has stepped up into attack multiple times. Unfortunately, Fabregas and Willian look behind the pace of play, while Cahill is already flirting with a second yellow.
And then Matic SCORES right on the stroke of half-time and I really don't feel like rewriting any of the above. Like I said, he's been stepping forward effectively. Costa and Azpilicueta combine for the assist.
So, 2-1 Chelsea at the half. Let's see a couple more goals and a few minutes for the youth, please.
COME ON, CHELSEA!