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Burnley beat champs Chelsea in season opener

Burnley beat champs Chelsea in season opener

Fabregas was booked for sarcastically applauding Pawson's decision to give a free-kick against him and much worse was to follow.

Morata's first goal in the blue of Chelsea came on 68 minutes when he stooped to head home a brilliant cross from Willian and give the Stamford Bridge faithful a bit of hope. "In recent games we have finished with nine or 10 men".

David Silva fed Sergio Aguero to run through and beat goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and five minutes later Lewis Dunk headed Fernandinho's cross into his own net.

Chelsea were reduced to nine players in the 81st minute when Cesc Fabregas was shown a second yellow card but Dyche felt his team deserved the win.

Antonio Conte must have had some words with his side at half-time because Chelsea emerged energised after the break.

Ward doubled the visitors' advantage in the 39th minute with a blistering left-foot strike from Jack Cork's lofted pass and Vokes added a third before half-time, heading in Defour's cross. It took 40 minutes before Luiz launched Chelsea's first shot in anger high over the bar.

"We controlled the counter-attacks and we didn't concede one chance", Guardiola told BBC Sport.

"The red card was a key moment".

Burnley's form at home and away contrasted sharply last season.

Burnley's success at Stamford Bridge on Saturday made sure a repeat of either scenario was impossible.

"I thought the referee was really good". It is only one game, yet the parallels with Chelsea's last defence of a Premier League title two seasons ago under Jose Mourinho were uncanny.

"I repeat: it is important for us to be concentrated on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way".

The crowd and the Chelsea players did their best to influence Pawson.

Big-spending Manchester City won 2-0 at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion, while Huddersfield Town marked their top-flight return with a fine 3-0 win at Crystal Palace that sent them top of the table. But the offside flag was raised.

Youth-team graduate Jeremie Boga made his debut, but was hauled off in the reshuffle that followed Cahill's 14th-minute dismissal for a studs-up foul on Steven Defour.

Watford twice went in front through Stefano Okaka and Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Liverpool equalised each time via Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who then teed up new boy Mohamed Salah to put the visitors 3-2 up.