BLUES

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Half-time sub­sti­tute Mo­rata and Luiz re­duced the ar­rears in the sec­ond half, ei­ther side of Fabre­gas’s 81st-minute dis­missal for a sec­ond yel­low card, but Burn­ley hung on for a fa­mous vic­tory.

Liverpool were de­nied a win­ning start as Miguel Bri­tos claimed a con­tentious stop­page­time lev­eller to earn Watford a 33 draw at Vicarage Road.

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 Reds 3-2 up.

In the third minute of in­jury time, a shot from Richarli­son was pushed against the bar by Liverpool goal­keeper Si­mon Mig­no­let and Bri­tos, who ap­peared to be off­side, nod­ded the ball over the line.

“The equaliser was off­side. It’s ob­vi­ous be­cause the lines­man is on the line. He needs to see it,” said Liverpool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp.

“We would have had de­fen­sive ar­eas we need to work on even if we’d won 3-2, but we were the bet­ter team. We should have won.”

Frank de Boer made a los­ing start to life as Palace man­ager af­ter a Joel Ward own goal and a Steve Mounie dou­ble earned Hud­der­s­field a 3-0 win on their re­turn to the top flight af­ter an ab­sence of 45 years.

Mounie’s goals were the first re­pay­ments on his club-record £11.4 mil­lion trans­fer from Mont­pel­lier and sent David Wag­ner’s men to the top of the fledg­ling stand­ings.

Rooney crowned his first ap­pear­ance for for­ma­tive club Ever­ton since 2004 by notch­ing the only goal against Stoke, head­ing in Do­minic Calvert-Lewin’s cross for his 199th Premier League goal.

Debu­tant Ahmed Hegazi’s first-half header earned West Bromwich Al­bion a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino’s ten­ure as Southamp­ton man­ager be­gan with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea City.

Late goals from sub­sti­tutes Aaron Ram­sey and Olivier Giroud earned Ar­se­nal a 4-3 win over Le­ices­ter in Fri­day’s fran­tic open­ing game. AFP

AFP PIC

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill (right) is shown a red card by ref­eree Craig Paw­son af­ter a foul on Burn­ley’s Steven De­four in their Premier League match at Stam­ford Bridge yes­ter­day.

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