- Burnley won 3-2
- Vokes scored a brace for Burnley
- Cahill and Fabregas received red
Burnley handed defending champions Chelsea a huge defeat as they edged past them 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. Burnley made the most of an appalling first half performance by Chelsea to score three without reply. Despite a good fight back by the Chelsea side in the second half, a second red to Cesc Fabregas only complicated things as they looked for goals .Chelsea fought till the end with nine men but fell short as they could not score the elusive third goal, to give the premier league the first shock result of the season.
2016-17 champions Chelsea kicked off the new premier league with what was expected to be a easy fixture against Burnley at home. Featuring a number of injuries, youngster Jermie Boga was drafted into the side along with new signing Antonio Rudiger. Antonio Conte’s men started the match brightly as they took control of the match with their slick passing and interplay before Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card in what was deemed by many to be a contentious decision. Chelsea lost the plot after they were reduced to ten men and imploded to concede three goals in an absolutely shambolic first half display. Sam Vokes made the most of Chelsea’s failure to defend to grab two goals for himself.
The second half saw Chelsea come out with resolve and grit and they put in a much better performance as they looked to get a result from the game. The introduction of new boy Alvaro Morata provided an edge to their game as a sharp Morata got his debut goal for the club and then set up David Luiz for the second. However a second red for Fabregas halted Chelsea’s march and enabled Burnley to hang on to their one goal lead to give them a 3-2 win on the day.