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Chelsea vs. Sunderland, Premier League: Half-time report

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Unsurprisingly, it's been a bit of a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge today with the best team in the league taking on the worst and John Terry getting a surprise start in his final game at the Bridge in a Chelsea shirt.

Not even a bizarre opening goal could take the shine off the proceedings.  How bizarre? Even Sunderland's own official Twitter was shocked.

The rest of the first half played out in much more expected fashion, with Chelsea quickly getting back on level terms through Willian and then missing a half-dozen chances to take the lead, including another fantastic Alonso free kick that cannoned off the post.

John Terry, the last Chelsea player who will ever wear shirt no.26, was then given star treatment with a 26th minute sub, receiving a standing ovation and a guard of honor from his own teammates.  No chair-carry this time like with Drogba.

So, it's 1-1 at the half and Chelsea should really be out sight by now.  45 minutes then to set the new Premier League record for wins, and lift the trophy.  Only one of those is guaranteed, so we'll have to concentrate and get the other one done as well.  (Also, let's not get anyone sent off *cough*Diego*cough* — suspensions carry over to the FA Cup final.)

COME ON, CHELSEA!