Chelsea: Nine-Man Blues Suffer Shock Defeat To Burnley At Stamford Bridge (Video)

Alan Duffy

12th, August 2017

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Champions Chelsea were brought back down to earth with an almighty bump at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Burnley beating the Blues 3-2 in their season opener.

Things started to go wrong for the hosts after just 14 minutes, when Gary Cahill saw red for a lunge on Steven Defour.

That red card saw surprise starter Jeremie Boga hauled off for another youngster, centre-half Andreas Christensen. However, it took just 10 minutes for Burnley to go ahead, courtesy of Sam Vokes.

The Clarets made the most of their one-man advantage and doubled their lead on 39 minutes, with Stephen Ward firing home a superb effort.

There was more to come from the visitors just before the break, with Welsh striker Vokes bagging his second of the game to stun the Stamford Bridge crowd.

The Blues improved after the break, and got a goal back via sub Alvaro Morata.

The Spaniard then got a touch on Christensen’s goal-bound effort (when none was needed) which saw the effort chalked off for offside as Chelsea pushed for a leveller.

However, the title holders’ chances of getting something out of the game were dealt yet another blow when Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a second yellow after a challenge on Jack Cork.

David Luiz did get another one back for Antonio Conte’s side late on.

However, all three points would ultimately go to Burnley, who secured an unexpected away victory.

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