London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Liverpool loanee Fabio Borini boosted his parent club’s Premier League title bid as he converted an 82nd minute penalty to carry Sunderland to a 2-1 upset win over Chelsea Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Borini converted the penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta fouled substitute Jozy Altidore, ending Jose Mourinho’s 77-match unbeaten run in home league encounters as Chelsea manager.
Sunderland’s win kept Liverpool’s two-point cushion over Chelsea. Liverpool can open up a five-point lead ahead of its meeting with Chelsea next week if it beats Norwich City Sunday.
This marked the second time this week that Sunderland has bolstered Liverpool’s title hopes following the 2-2 midweek draw with third place Manchester City.
The win also provided a huge lift to Sunderland’s survival chances as Gus Poyet’s men are now only three points from safety.
After scoring a brace in Wednesday’s encounter at Etihad Stadium, Connor Wickham struck in the 18th minute to cancel out a Samuel Eto’o opener for Chelsea.
Chelsea went into the match boasting nine consecutive home clean sheets – a record that 41-year-old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had to protect on his first Premier League start for the Blues, with Petr Cech out with a virus.
Meanwhile, Wilfried Bony’s stoppage-time penalty put Swansea City on the verge of Premier League safety with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.
The Swansea striker kept his cool from the spot in the first minute of added time at St James’ Park to move the Welsh side six points clear of the drop zone with three matches remaining after Cheick Tiote brought down substitute Marvin Emnes.
It was Swansea head coach Garry Monk’s first road win since taking over from Michael Laudrup and Swansea’s first on the road in the Barclays Premier League since November. The defeat for Newcastle was its fifth in a row.
In other matches, Cardiff City and Stoke City settled for a 1-1 draw; Aston Villa and Southampton settled for a scoreless draw; Crystal Palace downed West Ham United, 1-0; and Tottenham Hotspur edged Fulham, 3-1.