Burley secured the first opening day win against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge/ Twitter

Premier League champion Chelsea lost its opening day fixture of its title defence to Burnley 3-2 at home after Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were given the marching orders.

Captain Cahill was red-carded 14 minutes into the game as Burnley went on rampage, scoring three goals in the first half.

Burnley took an early lead with goals from Sam Vokes in the 24th minute of the match. Stephen Ward scored the second goal for Burnley on 39th minute of the first half to make it 2-0 for the visitors.

Sam Vokes scored again extend Burnley’s lead to 3-0 in the 43rd minute.

Morata rescue

Chelsea were able to reduce the deficit after record signing, Alvaro Morata, was brought-in in the second half and the substitution paid off almost instantly as the Spaniad got his first goal for the defending champions with his first touch of the game to bring the scoreline to 3-1 in the 69th minute of the game.

A second yellow card for Cesc Fabregas in the 81st minute of the game further dampened Chelsea’s chances of fully coming back into the game despite Morata’s motivation.

Nine-man Chelsea fought gallantly to reduce the tally and it paid off as David Luiz scored the second goal for Chelsea to bring the final scoreline to 3-2.


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Oladipupo Mojeed is a graduate of Mass Communications from Lagos State University, LASU. He is a photojournalist with a great zeal for concise news reportage complemented with gripping photographs.


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