SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Eden Hazard capped a brilliant performance with two goals as Chelsea came from behind to win 4-3 at last-place Sunderland and stay four points behind leader Arsenal in the Premier League standings.
The Belgium international was also provider as he produced the cross that allowed Frank Lampard to head in the equalizer from close range after Jozy Altidore put the Black Cats in front after 14 minutes with his first goal for Sunderland.
Hazard then put Chelsea ahead with a right-footed curled shot past goalkeeper Vito Mannone. But Chelsea's defense then failed to clear a corner and John O'Shea put the teams level before Hazard made it 3-2 with a powerful finish from Lampard's assist.
Phil Bardsley scored an own goal as Chelsea moved 4-2 up before slotting home four minutes from time to ensure a nervy finish at the Stadium of Light.
"I know I will be close to a heart attack sometimes (with my team)," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "Eden Hazard was excellent. He told me at dinner last night 'Boss, for a long time I haven't scored.' He decided he would score tonight."
The result left Sunderland in deep trouble as manager Gus Poyet's run of three successive home victories in all competitions came to an end.
After bemoaning a lack of consistency from his players, Mourinho hailed his team's defensive control despite the three goals conceded.