Chelsea v Burnley, 12 August 2017

Score3-2 to Burnley
RefereeCraig Pawson
CompetitionPremier League
VenueStamford Bridge
Attendance41,616
Kick-off: 3.00pm This was Burnley's first league win at Stamford Bridge since Steve Kindon scored the only goal of a League Division One game on 26 April 1971.

Goals:

Álvaro Morata 69 G
David Luiz 88 G

Goals:

Sam Vokes 24 G
Stephen Ward 39 G
Sam Vokes 43 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Marcos Alonso
Defender Antonio Rüdiger
Defender/Centre back Gary Cahill
Defender/Midfielder César Azpilicueta
Defender/Midfielder David Luiz
Midfielder Jérémie Boga
Midfielder Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder N'Golo Kanté
Midfielder Willian
Forward Michy Batshuayi

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton
Defender Matt Lowton
Defender Ben Mee
Defender James Tarkowski
Defender/Midfielder Robbie Brady
Defender/Midfielder Jack Cork
Defender/Midfielder Stephen Ward
Midfielder Steven Defour
Midfielder Jeff Hendrick
Midfielder/Forward Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson
Forward Sam Vokes

Substitutions:

Andreas Christensen for Jérémie Boga 18
Álvaro Morata for Michy Batshuayi 59
Charly Musonda for Andreas Christensen 90

Substitutions:

Scott Arfield for Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson 75
Jon Walters for Steven Defour 75

Cards:

Marcos Alonso 3 Y
Gary Cahill 14 R
Cesc Fàbregas 16 Y
David Luiz 77 Y
Cesc Fàbregas 81 Y
Cesc Fàbregas 81 R
Antonio Rüdiger 89 Y

Cards:

Robbie Brady 60 Y
Ben Mee 63 Y
Scott Arfield 77 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero
Defender Fikayo Tomori
Defender/Midfielder Kenedy
Midfielder Charly Musonda
Midfielder Kyle Scott
Forward Álvaro Morata

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Nick Pope
Defender Kevin Long
Defender Charlie Taylor
Defender/Midfielder Ashley R Westwood
Midfielder Scott Arfield
Midfielder/Forward Jon Walters
Forward Ashley Barnes

Comments:

Chelsea became only the second reigning Premier League champions to lose the opening game of the following campaign (also Leicester City versus Hull City in the previous season). They also became the first reigning Premier League champions to concede three goals in the opening game of the next season. The Blues became the first side to be shown two red cards in an opening game of a Premier League season. They were were one of six teams who did not have a player sent-off in the 2016-17 Premier League season. In suffering their first opening game defeat since 1998, this was also the first time that Chelsea had trailed by three goals at half-time in a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "The sending off of Cahill was a key moment, because to play the rest of the game with ten and then nine men is not easy. I don't want to comment on the referee, absolutely not. It was a pity because our fight in the second-half was very good but in our first-half, we kept losing our heads."

Comments:

This was Burnley's first opening game win in the Premier League, after losing each of their previous three attempts. Sam Vokes became the first player to score in four consecutive Premier League games for the Clarets. Burnley won only one of their 19 away games in the Premier League in 2016-17 and won only two of their last 16 league and cup games of the previous campaign. Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "The first-half pleased me because although Chelsea went to ten men, it was not easy. We kept going, kept probing and it's 3-0 at the interval. Winning away from home on the first day quietens down some stories, we're written off at the start of every season. It kills off a few things early doors and it allows the players that space for growth."