Nine-man Chelsea lose 3-2 to Burnley

Chelsea v Burnley- Premier League- Stamford Bridge

Chelsea v Burnley- Premier League- Stamford Bridge

In the 14th minute at Stamford Bridge, new Chelsea captain Cahill lost control of the ball in midfield before going in late on Defour, leaving his studs up with referee Craig Pawson close to the incident.

Moments later Vokes had the ball in the Chelsea net from an offside position after a bout of headed ping-pong as Chelsea struggled to rejig. Five minutes after, Vokes registered his brace of the day, giving the visitors a 3 goal advantage.

The victory was Burnley's first on the opening day of the top flight in 44 years, and it comes after they had to wait until their 18th away game to record a first success on the road last season.

Manager Antonio Conte made a big call, handing 20-year-old striker Jeremie Boga his debut with £60 million-man Alvaro Morata on the bench. Robbie Brady then hit the post at the opposite end from a free-kick as Burnley pushed for a fourth.

The Blues head into the encounter on the back of a penalty shoot-out loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield last weekend.

"In the next game, I don't know if Pedro is able to recover from his injury", Conte said. Vokes, standing just behind him, beat Thibaut Courtois with a faint contact that dribbled perfectly into the far corner.

The Blues couldn't have played a worse first half of football, falling behind to Burnley 3-0 before getting up off the canvas and clawing two back in the second half to finish the match 3-2.

And four minutes later, Burnley incredibly scored a third.

Marcos Alonso's long-range drive was tipped over by Tom Heaton as Chelsea registered their first shot on target early in the second half, while Morata came on to replace the ineffective Michy Batshuayi in attack. The Spaniard then provided an assist for David Luiz to reduce the deficit.

There was still time for more drama as David Luiz's goal made for a nervy finale, but Burnley held out to claim all three points.

Conte, looking exhausted and disgruntled, said he preferred not to talk about the referee who also sent off Cesc Fabregas in the 82nd minute after the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for an ill-timed tackle on former Chelsea man Jack Cork.

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