LONDON (AP) — Chelsea suffered a major setback to its Premier League title aspirations with a 2-1 loss against last-placed Sunderland on Saturday, ending Jose Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home run during two spells in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Black Cats goalkeeper Vito Mannone made 14 saves as Chelsea missed possibly its last opportunity to dislodge Liverpool from the top spot, and the Reds will have the chance to extend their lead to a commanding five points at Norwich on Sunday.
After holding Manchester City to a draw midweek, Gus Poyet's players were again the party-poopers. Chelsea could not hold onto its lead after Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring in the 12th minute, as Connor Wickham leveled from the rebound six minutes later following Marcos Alonso's long-range effort.
Mourinho's unbeaten run came to an end in the 82nd minute when Fabio Borini scored from the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta brought down Jozy Altidore in the box.
After taking four points from their last two games, the Black Cats are now just three points from safety.
"With Sunderland this year, anything can happen," said Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, a former Chelsea player.
With three matches to go and a potential title decider at Anfield next weekend, Mourinho's side can't afford any more slip-ups in its quest for a fourth Premier League crown.