Chelsea went to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time since November 2010 with their second victory of the season but had to recover from a big shock handed to them by Reading in doing so.
Reading vowed to follow the likes of Swansea City and Norwich City last season by not being overawed when visiting the big Premier League teams and the club, who came up as winners of the Championship last season, were true to their word as they battled back from Frank Lampard's penalty to lead at half-time through goals by Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie. But attacking substitutions from Roberto Di Matteo put Reading on the back foot and after Gary Cahill had equalised from long range, goals from Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic turned the game around.
For the opening quarter, Chelsea dominated, with Eden Hazard showing the skills that he displayed against Wigan Athletic on Sunday. The Belgian had taken less than two minutes to make his mark on his league debut at the DW Stadium and it could have been the same story against Reading had he not screwed Juan Mata's through-ball wide.
Torres went close to a solo goal before Chelsea took the lead in the 18th minute, thanks to the skills of Hazard. The player forced Chris Gunter to trip him in the penalty area and Lampard scored his second penalty in successive games, both created by Hazard.
But Reading came back as Pogrebnyak equalised with a header, getting in front of Cahill to glance home Garath McCleary's cross. They then took the lead as Guthrie's powerful free kick spun past Petr Cech into the net.
After the break with Chelsea still losing, Di Matteo went all out for the equaliser by bringing on Oscar for Ramires and Daniel Sturridge for John Obi Mikel. The pressure paid off as Gary Cahill’s 25-yard shot was too strong for Adam Federici to palm away.
The home side went in front after a neat build-up ended with Ashley Cole sweeping a low cross for Torres to finish from close range. Reading went for broke late on, with Federici going forward for a corner in injury time, and they were caught out when Chelsea broke and Hazard squared for Ivanovic to tap home.
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