Apr 7, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
2-1
Sunderland
Ivanovic (55'), Kilgallon (47' og.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Azpilicueta (45' og.)
Gardner (25'), Rose (62')

Result: Paolo Di Canio loses first game in charge of Sunderland

Sunderland lose their first match of Paolo Di Canio's stint as manager away at Chelsea.

Paolo Di Canio's first match in charge of Sunderland ended in a 2-1 defeat away at Chelsea in the Premier League this afternoon.

In a first half of very few chances, visiting Sunderland found the net as stoppage time approached. John O'Shea managed to flick the ball on, but in attempting to clear, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta diverted it into his own net.

Cesar Azpilicueta scores an own goal to give Sunderland the lead on April 7, 2013© PA Photos

However, just two minutes after the restart the home team levelled up proceedings in similar circumstances. Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved at the feet of Oscar, but the ball cannoned off visiting defender Matt Kilgallon and rolled into the net.

Then with 53 minutes gone, the Blues went in front for the first time. David Luiz tried his luck from distance, with the ball eventually ending up in the goal via a deflection off his teammate Branislav Ivanovic.

Branislav Ivanovic is hugged by team mate David Luiz after scoring his team's second against Sunderland on April 7, 2013© PA Photos

Having gone in front, Rafael Benitez's team went about trying to extend their lead. They went close in the 66th minute when Juan Mata and Oscar linked for Fernando Torres, but the Spanish striker headed over the bar.

Chelsea continued to look the more likely to score during the closing stages, but they were unable to breach Mignolet's goal for a third time.

New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio on the touchline during the match against Chelsea on April 7, 2013
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