De­fend­ing champs open sea­son with two send-offs and a loss

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON As­ton Villa’s 3-1 win over Manch­ester United in 1995.

Hud­der­s­field Town marked their top flight re­turn with a re­mark­able 3-0 win at Crys­tal Palace, while Wayne Rooney bagged the win­ner on his Ever­ton come­back in a 1-0 vic­tory over Stoke City.

Burn­ley’s win, their first at Chelsea since 1971, fur­ther black­ened the mood around Stam­ford Bridge af­ter a close sea­son dur­ing which man­ager An­to­nio Conte has grown frus­trated by his side’s lack of trans­fer ac­tiv­ity.

Conte was with­out the in­jured Eden Hazard and out-of-favour striker Diego Costa and started with £58 mil­lion (RM324 mil­lion) sign­ing Mo­rata on the bench.

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

Vokes put Burn­ley ahead in the 24th minute, vol­ley­ing in from Matthew Low­ton’s cross.

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 half­time, head­ing in De­four’s cross.

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