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ENGLISH Premier League: Chelsea thrash Sunderland 5-0
London, Nov 1 (Agencies):
Published on 2 Nov. 2008 12:37 AM IST
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Nicolas Anelka hit a hat-trick as Chelsea demolished Sunderland and moved above Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table. Alex began the rout, tapping in when Marton Fulop allowed Joe Cole’s shot to squirm free, and it was quickly 2-0 when Anelka met Frank Lampard’s cross. Florent Malouda unselfishly set up Anelka to add a third goal and Lampard headed in Cole’s cross to make it four. Anelka fired home from Malouda’s cross to complete the scoring inside an hour. Stamford Bridge may no longer be seen as a fortress after Liverpool’s victory there last weekend but, for Chelsea, this was the perfect riposte to seeing their 86-match unbeaten run ended in their last outing on home soil. Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari voiced his concern before the game that his side have been struggling to break down sides who come to west London merely to defend. But he had no such worries here as his side quickly took Sunderland apart in an opening 45 minutes that saw them score three goals that were as stylish as they were simple. 606: Initially, Sunderland defended resolutely and it appeared luck was also on their side when Deco’s looping shot landed on top of the crossbar. But Scolari’s men made the breakthrough after 27 minutes when Cole’s shot eluded Fulop and Alex arrived to scoop the ball over the line and score Chelsea’s 1,000th Premier League goal. Three minutes later, and in almost identical fashion, it was 2-0. This time Deco set Frank Lampard free on the right and although Alex was first to his cross, it was Anelka who got the last touch. With his side chasing shadows, it was becoming an afternoon to forget for Black Cats boss Roy Keane but things soon got worse. As torrential rain continued to fall, Chelsea kept coming forward and scored a third goal just before the break to underline their superiority. Cole linked up with Lampard, who in turn fed the ball to Malouda, and the French striker chose to set up his compatriot Anelka who had the simple task of rolling his shot home. Keane, who felt Cole fouled Pascal Chimbonda in the build-up, was livid and his reward was to be banished from the dug-out for the second-half by referee Martin Atkinson. Within six minutes of the restart, the majestic Cole got to the right-hand bye-line and stood the ball up for Lampard who, despite falling backwards got enough power on his header to put it in the far corner for his 100th league goal. And seconds later it was 5-0 - Anelka completing his hat-trick after sliding to meet Malouda’s cross with a shot that Fulop should have kept out but couldn’t. Other League Results Everton 1-0 Fulham Man Utd 4-3 Hull City Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal West Brom 2-2 Blackburn

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