[EPL HIGHLIGHTS] Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley Alvaro Morata Proves Doubters Wrong but not enough to see the blues through, Goals & Highlights

[EPL HIGHLIGHTS] Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley Alvaro Morata Proves Doubters Wrong but not enough to see the blues through, Goals & Highlights

Burnley shocked nine-man Chelsea by beating the champions 3-2 in a thrilling opening Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card early on by Craig Pawson for a high tackle on Steven Defour, before Sam Vokes put Burnley ahead (24) with a neat flick inside the area.

Stephen Ward doubled Burnley’s lead with a fierce strike from an angle (39), and Vokes netted again before the break (43) with a free header six yards out.

Substitute Alvaro Morata pulled one back for Chelsea on his debut (69), but Cesc Fabregas was shown a second yellow for a foul late on, having earlier been booked for a sarcastic clap towards Pawson.

David Luiz’s late goal (88) made for a nervy ending, but Burnley held on for a dramatic victory.

Chelsea were reduced to 10 men after just 14 minutes as Cahill overran the ball in midfield, before going in studs up on Defour, forcing Pawson to show a straight red.

There were no complaints from new skipper Cahill, but disgruntled Chelsea fans made their feelings known to Pawson before Burnley took the lead on 24 minutes through Vokes, flicking Matt Lowton’s right-wing cross into the bottom far corner from 12 yards.

Player ratings
Chelsea: Courtois (5), Rudiger (4), Luiz (4), Cahill (3), Azpilicueta (5), Kante (5), Fabregas (4), Alonso (5), Boga (4), Willian (5), Batshuayi (5)
Subs: Christensen (5), Morata (6), Musonda (NA)
Burnley: Heaton (7), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (9), Mee (7), Ward (8), Gudmundsson (7), Cork (8), Hendrick (7), Defour (8), Brady (8), Vokes (9)
Subs: Arfield (6), Walters (6)
Man of the match: Sam Vokes

Ward made it 2-0 with a thunderous left-footed effort from an angle after Jack Cork’s deft ball into his path, and Vokes then got his second, and Burnley’s third, with two minutes of the half remaining, ghosting between Luiz and Marcos Alonso to head home Defour’s cross.

Chelsea pushed in the second half as Alonso forced two good saves from Tom Heaton, and Morata, who had been introduced just 10 minutes earlier, headed home from close range after Willian’s fine cross for 3-1.

Morata then netted at the far post, but was correctly flagged offside, before Fabregas received a second yellow for a silly late foul on Cork.

Nine-man Chelsea continued to push, however, and somehow halved the deficit as Luiz volleyed home Morata’s flick-on inside the area.

Robbie Brady hit the post from a free-kick a minute later, but after a frantic final few minutes inside Burnley’s penalty area, Sean Dyche’s side were delighted to hear the final whistle.

1. 15:13

14: RED CARD FOR GARY CAHILL! Wow. Gary Cahill overruns the ball and has his studs up on Defour. The Burnley players race around Craig Pawson, and he’s shown a straight red.

Cahill doesn’t complain, and having seen the replays, I’ve seen plenty of reds given for that, but have also seen plenty of refs turn a blind eye. Hmmm…

2. 15:23

Burnley have knocked the champions off their feet! Matt Lowton has the ball on the right and has plenty of time to cross…

It’s behind Vokes as the ball comes into the area about 12 yards out, but he flicks it onto the bottom far corner past Courtois! Disastrous start for Chelsea.

3. 15:38

WOW! Burnley go two up in fine fashion!

Ward picks the ball up on the left of the box from Cork’s lofted ball. Ward takes a superb touch to set himself up from the angle, and then fires past Courtois into the far corner with a fine half volley on his left foot!

Beautifully worked, and a nightmare start for the champions!

4. 15:42

This is unbelievable. Conte wanted to avoid having a ‘Mourinho season’… but it’s started off with more than a touch of deja vu for the Stamford Bridge crowd.

Defour with a lovely cross from the right, and it’s plum on Vokes’ head as he steers it past Courtois, but the striker managed to get in-between Luiz and Alonso

5. 16:26

The debutant scores! Willian curls in a beautiful ball from the right, finding Morata onside as he drifts inbetween the Burnley centre-halves.

He’s six yards out, and glances a header into the corner past Heaton! Game on!

6. 16:39

81: RED CARD FOR FABREGAS! Wow. Chelsea are down to nine.

Fabregas is shown a second yellow card, and he is absolutely apoplectic with the officials. He flies in on Cork, may take a bit of the ball, but Cork got their first. It’s a definite yellow.

7. 16:46

GAME ON!!! Azpilicueta piles it forward, Morata flicks it on brilliantly for Luiz behind the defence, and he volleys home!

Can the NINE men of Chelsea save this?!

8. 16:53

FT: One last ball in the box by Chelsea, but Tarkowski has the answer again! What a game he’s had!

More pinball in the box as Alonso drills a low ball in, but Morata can’t turn it home!

THAT’S IT! Thrilling, thrilling game at Stamford Bridge, and the champions are beaten despite an unbelievable fightback in the second half with NINE men! The boos are for Craig Pawson, the referee, but in fairness to him, the big decisions were correct.

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