Two red cards condemn Chelsea to 2-3 loss to Burnley

Two red cards condemn Chelsea to 2-3 loss to Burnley

Champions Chelsea had Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas sent off as the defence of their Premier League title began with a stunning 3-2 home defeat by Burnley on Saturday.

Burnley's Stephen Ward celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Morata scored on his Premier League debut goal in the 69th minute when he beat an offside trap to deliver a diving header off a cross from Willian but what could have been a Chelsea second goal was ruled out for offside as Morata in an offside position, touched Andreas Christensen's shot from the right flank.

Many have offered up their thoughts and predictions on 2017/18 but no-one foresaw Burnley being 3-0 up on the reigning champions after 45 minutes.

"A lot has happened over recent weeks but the mentality of the players is still strong".

Liverpool showed familiar defensive weaknesses after conceding a trio of soft goals including a stoppage-time equaliser in an absorbing 3-3 Premier League draw at Watford.

Liverpool appeared to be heading for victory after Firmino sent Watford keeper Heurelho Gomez the wrong way with his spot-kick and then chipped the ball into Salah's stride to put the visitors 3-2 ahead.

Britos was standing nearly on the line before nudging in the loose ball after Simon Mignolet pushed it onto the bar. "He needs to see it", said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The second came six minutes before half-time and it was tucked away in some style, it was all Ward as he brilliantly took down Jack Cork's lofted ball on the left-hand side of the box despite pressure from N'Golo Kanté.

Mounie's goals were the first repayments on his club-record £11.4 million transfer from Montpellier and sent the Yorkshire club to the top of the fledgling standings. The game between Swansea and Southampton had no goals, while Wayne Rooney bagged the victor as Everton saw off Stoke City 1-0.

No goals in a terrible game at St Mary's, as Southampton toiled without fruition despite a late flurry of pressure, and Swansea failed to manage a shot on target.

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

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