Champions? Burnley drowns 9-man Chelsea

Champions? Burnley drowns 9-man Chelsea

12 Aug 2017, 19:20

2016/17 champions Chelsea suffered a shock defeat at home to Burnley when the Blues lost 3-2 in an intriguing season opener.

Nine-man Chelsea fell to a shock 3-2 home defeat against Burnley as their Premier League title defence began with a stunning upset.

Captain Gary Cahill was sent off after just 14 minutes into the game for a challenge on Steven Defour, but that was just the start of a dramatic game at Stamford Bridge.

Sam Vokes starred for Burnley with two of his side's three goals before half-time, Stephen Ward also netting in between the Wales striker's double.

The Clarets high press game gave Antonio Conte’s men a tough time as the champions struggled to get a shot on target in the 1st half.

However, Conte gave Alvaro Morata 31 minutes from the substitutes' bench on his Premier League debut and he scored with a sublime header from Willian’s delivery.

Any hopes of recovery were dented when Cesc Fabregas was sent off after collecting a second booking late on, although David Luiz did set up a grandstand finish with a powerful volley to make it 3-2 with eight minutes left when Morata flicked-on a £70m headed assist.

Burnley’s Robbie Brady then hit the post at the opposite end from a free-kick as the visitors pushed for a fourth goal.

The unexpected result is Chelsea's first opening-day defeat in 19 years and only the second time the Premier League's defending champions have lost their first game in 26 years.

 

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