EPL: Burnley stun Chelsea as Rooney sparkles for Everton

Nemanja Matic Premier League Manchester United

To the disgust of Conte, Burnley grabbed a third just before half time following a brilliant cross from deep by Defour as Vokes rose highest to head in.

Chelsea suffered a surprising defeat to Burnley in today's opening game of the 2017/18 Premier League season, losing 3-2 and ending up with just nine players on the field.

But the trouble began for the Blues when Gary Cahill was red carded after committing a rough foul on Steven Defour in which the referee had no choice than to send him out. He scored off a Willian assist and then helped David Luiz to a goal with five minutes to play.

Vokes' second goal came just before the half as he found himself unmarked in the centre of the goal and flashed a header beyond the despairing Courtois.

Counting the red cards received by Victor Moses in last season's FA Cup final and Pedro Rodriguez in last weekend's FA Community Shield against Arsenal, Chelsea have now had four men sent off in their past three matches, and Conte admitted that he is concerned by the regularity of his team's disciplinary issues.

Pawson kept his cards in his pocket on this occasion but he was accompanied by a protesting Luiz as they departed the pitch for half-time, although the Brazilian's anger should have been directed at Chelsea's defensive shortcomings rather than the officiating.

Soon after, Vokes had a goal called offside. All seemed lost when Fabregas earned a second yellow card for lunging in on Cork nine minutes from time.

Conte has struggled to hide his frustrations over Chelsea's failure to strengthen their squad, with Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero their only new signings.

Saints' new signing Mario Lemina was an unused substitute on the south coast, as was Swans new boy Roque Mesa, but there was a start up front for Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham who'll be hoping this isn't a sign of things to come for his spell in south Wales. On Saturday, Chelsea's first game of the season, Antonio Conte's men were dominated by a team nobody thought would beat them.

Leicester City lost 2-1 at Hull City on the first day last season, but given the unexpected nature of their title win, this was the biggest opening-day shock since Aston Villa's 3-1 win over Manchester United in 1995.

Conte will have some thinking to do, along with the board, as both Cahill and Fabregas will be missing for next week's match with Tottenham Hotspur.

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