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Burnley stun nine-man Chelsea; Everton win

London, Aug 12 (Agencies)
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Published on 13 Aug. 2017 12:32 AM IST
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Chelsea’s defence of the Premier League crown got off to the worst possible start as they were stunned 3-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
The misery began early for Antonio Conte’s team who had captain Gary Cahill dismissed on 12 minutes for a nasty lunge on Steven Defour.
The visitors smelt blood and Sam Vokes, who had a header disallowed on 18 minutes, put Sean Dyche’s side ahead soon after with a lovely steered volley.
Stephen Ward’s screamer doubled their advantage five minutes before the break and they still had to time to stun the champions a third time, Vokes heading past Thibaut Courtois to give the Clarets a 3-0 half-time lead.
New signing Alvaro Morata gave the Blues a glimmer of hope when he glanced home Willian’s pinpoint cross on 68 minutes.
However, their chances of an unlikely comeback seemed over when Cesc Fabregas was dismissed for receiving a second yellow card.
Despite this David Luiz halved the deficit when he volleyed home from close range but Burnley stood firm against a late onslaught to register a deserved win.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney enjoyed a day to remember as he scored his first goal for Everton in 13 years to earn them a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park.
After a dull opening half, Rooney, on his second debut for the club, headed Everton into the lead right on half-time, the former Manchester United forward sending a lovely looped header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s tempting cross.
Calvert-Lewin went close for the Toffees while Mark Hughes’ side never really looked like grabbing an equaliser.
Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield
Hudderfield Town enjoyed a dream start to life in the top flight as they hammered Crystal Palace 3-0.
David Wagner’s side have been tipped by many to make a swift return to the second tier of English football but they showed plenty at Selhurst Park to suggest they can survive and thrive in the Premier League.
The game was won in a three-minute period midway through the first half, first when the unfortunate Joel Ward diverted Cristopher Schindler’s header into his own net.
Not long after the Terriers made it two when Steve Mounie powered home a header from Aaron Mooy’s centre.
Mounie then put the seal on a famous victory when he made it three with 12 minutes left on the clock.
Match results
Arsenal 4 – 3 Leicester
Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool
Southampton 0 - 0
Swansea City
West Brom 1 – 0 Bournemouth

 
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