Sunderland boosted their chances of remaining in the Premier League as they came from behind twice to beat Chelsea 3-2 in a pulsating encounter at the Stadium of Light, even as John Terry was shown a red card in what could now be his last game for the Blues.
The win has taken the Black Cats ahead of Newcastle United by a point, with a game in hand, which if they win, would condemn the Magpies to the Championship.
Diego Costa opened scoring for the immediate past Premier League champions on 14 minutes, as they sought to build on the momentum of the remarkable comeback against Totenham Hotspur on Monday, which confirmed Leicester City as champions.
Sunderland, meanwhile, had other ideas, as they were neck-deep in the relegation battle, with Chelsea having only pride to play for.
The Black Cats scored an equalizer shortly before the break, Wahbi Khazri got to the ball on the edge of the box and fired a first-time shot without any hesitation to level the score. And just when both teams thought they’d be going into the break at 1-1, Cesar Azpilicueta headed the ball past the Sunderland defence to Nemanja Matic, who fired Chelsea back into the lead as they went into the break 2-1 up.
Sunderland were however up for the fight, as Sam Allardyce’s men kept fighting back and pushing men forward, and it was former Chelsea boy, Fabio Borini who got them back on track, as his 67th minute strike drew them level again.
And just three minutes later, Jermain Defoe would have the final say as he struck to send the Black Cats into the lead, sending the crowd at the Stadium of Light into a frenzy at the same time.
Just before the final whistle, John Terry was then shown a second yellow card and was sent off for a rough challenge, in what could now be his last game for Chelsea.
What a remarkable comeback it was for Sunderland, who are now on 35 points, having played a game less than Newcastle United, who drew goalless at Villa Park against already relegated Aston Villa.