Burnley Stun Nine-Man Chelsea At The Bridge

Marco Green
August 13, 2017

Nigerian global, Victor Moses will today serve his one-ban as Chelsea begin the defence of their Premier League title with a meeting against Burnley at Stamford Bridge today, aiming to build on their impressive opening-day record of previous years.

Chelsea pulled two goals back after the break, as £70m man Alvaro Morata came on for his debut to score one and make one, either side of Cesc Fabregas following Cahill down the tunnel for two yellow cards.

Meanwhile Burnley's former Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork said: "They made it hard for us in the second half but a win's a win and we've got three points on the board".

The 20-year-old was making his first start for the club after a loan spell at Granada.

With two extra men, and a two goal lead intact, Burnley looked set to hold on.

Wayne Rooney marked his Premier League return to Goodison Park with a dream winning goal as Everton got their 2017/18 season off to the ideal start.

Burnley made it 3-0 before half-time when Vokes headed in Defour's free-kick.

No goals in a terrible game at St Mary's, as Southampton toiled without fruition despite a late flurry of pressure, and Swansea failed to manage a shot on target.

Stefano Okaka's header opened the scoring for the home side before Sadio Mane equalised with a clinical finish only for Abdoulaye Doucoure to restore the lead from close range. Disjointed and embarrassed in the first half, Chelsea threatened to mount the most unlikely of comebacks in a stirring second-half display, but just failed to overcome their numerical disadvantage.

Pulis, who will now remain as Baggies boss until 2019 after putting pen to paper on a new deal on Friday, saw new signing Ahmed Hegazi enjoy a dream debut.

However, there is a sense around Stamford Bridge heading into the new campaign that all is not quite right.

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