John Terry bid an emotional farewell to Stamford Bridge on
Sunday, the Chelsea captain substituted on 26 minutes in his final
appearance at the stadium as they capped off a title-winning
Premier League campaign with a 5-1 win over relegated
The curtain on Terry‚Äôs Chelsea career will come down at next
weekend‚Äôs FA Cup final with Arsenal, and his send-off in his last
game at the London club‚Äôs home received top billing, the action on
the pitch reduced to the role of an eventful sideshow.
After Chelsea called for his withdrawal on minute 26 ‚Äď the number
he wears on his shirt ‚Äď Terry was embraced by his team-mates in
the middle of the field, taking in a standing ovation from the crowd
and receiving a guard of honour as he left the field.
A Sunderland opener will not have been in the script for Chelsea‚Äôs
final-day party, but Javier Manquillo‚Äôs third-minute effort will be
remembered as little more than a footnote after Chelsea fought
back to win comfortably against the league‚Äôs bottom club.
Willian equalised in the eighth minute and, after Chelsea spurned a
host of chances to make it 2-1, Eden Hazard finally did so with a
fine finish in the 61st minute.
The Wearsiders had performed relatively well, but a piece of
abysmal defending from Joleon Lescott allowed Pedro to add gloss
to the scoreline, the former Barcelona man then turning provider
for Michy Batshuayi for the first of the substitute‚Äôs late double as
the champions ended the season on 93 points.
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