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Chelsea beats Sunderland 3-1 in Premier League

CHELSEA hit back to win 3-1 at Sunderland and promoted Wolves captured a 1-0 victory at Wigan in the English Premier League yesterday.

Darren Bent fired Sunderland into an 18th-minute lead at the Stadium of Light after a shot from Kenwyne Jones was blocked.

Michael Ballack leveled in the 52nd after Branislav Ivanovic had headed on a corner by Frank Lampard. Lampard then fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after George McCartney's foul on Didier Drogba, and Deco added the third in the 70th from the edge of the area from Jose Bosingwa's pass.

"In the second half we made the spaces to score the goals," said manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose team has maximum points from their first two games after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Hull at Stamford Bridge.

"I liked very much the play of the team tonight. Every game is different but I want to maintain this quality."

Wolves' victory at Wigan was a major surprise after the home side's 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday. Andy Keogh headed the only goal after six minutes and Wolves went on to record its first away goal in Premier League football after failing to win on the road the last time it was promoted in 2003.

"I think that what I have learned and the players have learned is that we can play at this level," said Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, who guided the team to the top of the League Championship last season.

Wednesday's games are Birmingham vs. Portsmouth, Burnley vs. Manchester United, Hull vs. Tottenham and Liverpool vs. Stoke.


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