Gary Cahill sent off 14 minutes into Chelsea's title defence

Gary Cahill sees red

Gary Cahill sees red

It was clear from early on that it wasn't going to be their afternoon after Gary Cahill was sent off after 14 minutes, it only got worse from there as goals from Vokes and Ward saw them three behind before the break.

Sam Vokes scored twice and Stephen Ward struck a goal for the ages as the Clarets made the dream start to their Premier League campaign in a Stamford Bridge thriller.

Chelsea pulled two goals back after the break, as £70m man Alvaro Morata came on for his debut to score one and make one, either side of Cesc Fabregas following Cahill down the tunnel for two yellow cards. With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Pedro Rodriguez injured and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day 18.

And with just over 20 minutes remaining, Premier League debutant Morata - who had replaced the inauspicious Michy Batshuayi - met an excellent Willian cross and guided a header into the far corner.

Palace fans started the season with renewed optimism amid De Boer's appointment as manager but they will be anxious by their woeful performanc, which suggests another year of struggle.

Tom Ince missed an early chance to give the Terriers the lead when he sent a bouncing effort from Tommy Smith's cross straight at keeper Wayne Hennessey.

It wasn't to be the end of the first half scoring. David Luiz scored a late consolation goal for the defending champions.

Antonio Conte's men made as triumphant return to the Bridge, looking to kickstart another title charge against a side who only won once away from last season.

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