Posted: Sunday April 7, 2013 12:01 PM

Chelsea rises to 3rd as Di Canio loses first game

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LONDON (AP) -Chelsea condemned Paolo Di Canio to a losing start as manager of relegation-threatened Sunderland, coming from behind to win 2-1 and rise to third in the Premier League on Sunday.

Cesar Azpilicueta's own goal on the stroke of half time gave Di Canio the perfect start, but Sunderland collapsed after the break.

The game's second own goal two minutes into the second half saw Matthew Kilgallon inadvertently hook the ball over the line after Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had blocked Oscar's shot.

Branislav Ivanovic got Chelsea's winner in the 55th minute, flicking David Luiz's shot into the net and sending his team above Arsenal and Tottenham into third.

Di Canio replaced Martin O'Neill last Sunday, provoking widespread outrage over past apparent fascist allegiances which he denounced Wednesday.

 
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