Burnley defeat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

Wayne Rooney scored the decisive goal on his second Everton debut as the big-spending Merseysiders beat Stoke City 1-0 at Goodison Park.

Nine-man Chelsea fought gallantly to reduce the tally and it paid off as David Luiz scored the second goal for Chelsea to make it 3-2.

The English Premier League is in rare form on its opening weekend, and I'm not just talking about that Arsenal match. Despite being held in the box, Giroud got up and powered a header just over the bar, unleashing a roar at the Emirates from fans who were expecting the worst as Leicester's lead carried on into the match.

Chelsea had their first real chance at goal 11 minutes in when Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross was deflected and almost sat up for Willian to fire home in the centre of the goal.

But Liverpool came out fighting after the break, and grabbed an equaliser 10 minutes into the second half after Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes brought down Mohamed Salah in the area.

But it looked like record signing, Alvaro Morata, would inspire an unlikely comeback, scoring 10 minutes after replacing Michy Batshuayi.

Burnley's Sam Vokes celebrates with teammates after scoring their third goal.

Former England captain Alan Shearer had said of Chelsea that there is "something brewing which isn't nice" and their first-half implosion in a thrilling match would appear to give his view credibility.

The result will not improve the mood of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who hasn't hidden his frustration at failing to significantly bolster his squad in the offseason.

Alonso forced the first real save from Tom Heaton to start the second half when his volley from the left forced the England goalkeeper to parry over for a corner.

The Blues were crowned champions in May after a scintillating debut campaign for Conte at Stamford Bridge but the Italian warned his side they can not repeat the same mistakes made under Jose Mourinho in 2015.

For Arsenal, some positive momentum had already been achieved after beating Chelsea to win the Community Shield, and it continued early Friday, as Lacazette announced his arrival immediately with an unmarked yet hard and instinctive header off Mohamed Elneny's chipped-forward assist to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead. Vokes had a goal disallowed shortly after - but it was an omen for Chelsea.

Chelsea's task was made even tougher in the 80th minute when Cesc Fabregas was sent off for picking up his second yellow card of the game.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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