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Champions Chelsea reduced to nine and beaten 3-2 by Burnley

Champions Chelsea reduced to nine and beaten 3-2 by Burnley

Having gone down to 10 men following Gary Cahill's red card after 15 minutes, Sam Vokes gave the away side a surprise lead, before Irish defender Stephen Ward doubled his side's advantage with a stunning half-volley from the edge of the box.

Last season, Burnley lost 3-0 at Chelsea and drew 1-1 at Turf Moor but Mee believes that results early in the last campaign, including home wins over Liverpool and Everton and a draw at Manchester United, are a cause for optimism.

The nightmare was complete when Cesc Fabregas was shown a second yellow card in the 81st minute, though David Luiz's volley provided some late drama.

A first opening day defeat since 1998, a new club captain sent off after just 14 minutes and a Premier League title defence that already looks destined to endure serious difficulties in these opening weeks.

It is not since March 2014 that Chelsea have had two players sent off in the same game in the Premier League and only the seventh occasion on which it has happened in their Premier League history. We kept a good shape early in the game, but the sending off makes a big difference.

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Burnley weren't done: Vokes made it 3-0 before half-time with a header for his second goal of the game.

But Rooney ended a scrappy first half when he headed in to mark his Goodison homecoming in the best possible style.

Conte was without the injured Pedro and the banned Victor Moses, so Cesar Azpilicueta switched to right wingback, and Belgian Michy Batshuayi led the champions' attack.

Sean Dyche says Burnley's 3-2 victory over Chelsea quietens down some of the doubters following an indifferent summer at Turf Moor. Our performances against the big teams were pretty good previous year, barring Chelsea away.

Had Morata not touched a goal-bound Christensen shot over the line five minutes later, it would have been 3-2 sooner.