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. Huddersfield Town marked their top flight return with a remarkable 3-0 win at Crystal Palace that sent them top of the table, while Wayne Rooney bagged the winner on his Everton comeback in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City. Burnley's win, their first at Chelsea since 1971, further blackened the mood around Stamford Bridge after a close season during which manager Antonio Conte has grown frustrated by his side's lack of transfer activity.
PL results: Chelsea 2-3 Burnley, C Palace 0-3 Huddersfield, Everton 1-0 Stoke, Southampton 0-0 Swansea, WBA 1-0 B'mouth #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 12, 2017
FT Chelsea 2-3 Burnley What a match! The champions are beaten by the Clarets #CHEBUR https://t.co/RaDId8zs1T pic.twitter.com/P02cutCAx1 — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 12, 2017Conte was without the injured Eden Hazard and out-of-favour striker Diego Costa and started with £58 million ($75.5 million, 63.8 million euros) signing Morata on the bench. Youth-team graduate Jeremie Boga made his debut, but was hauled off in the reshuffle that followed Cahill's 14th-minute dismissal for a reckless, studs-up foul on Steven Defour.
Vokes put Burnley ahead in the 24th minute, volleying in from Matthew Lowton's cross. Ward doubled the visitors' advantage in the 39th minute with a blistering left-foot strike from Jack Cork's lofted pass and Vokes added a third before half-time, heading in Defour's cross. Half-time substitute Morata and Luiz reduced the arrears in the second half, either side of Fabregas's 81st-minute dismissal for a second yellow card, but Burnley hung on for a famous victory. Liverpool were denied a winning start as Miguel Britos claimed a contentious stoppage-time leveller to earn Watford a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road.
FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-3 Burnley#PLKickOff #CHEBUR pic.twitter.com/WshGAsXdax — Premier League (@premierleague) August 12, 2017
FT! It ends Watford 3-3 Liverpool. Reaction and analysis on Sky Sports Premier League: https://t.co/eu2F4o6qba pic.twitter.com/qe6DpWMOhR — Sky Sports PL ? (@SkySportsPL) August 12, 2017Watford twice went in front through Stefano Okaka and Abdoulaye Doucoure, but Liverpool equalised each time via Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who then teed up new boy Mohamed Salah to put the Reds 3-2 up. In the third minute of injury time, a shot from Richarlison was pushed against the bar by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Britos, who appeared to be offside, nodded the ball over the line. "The equaliser was offside. It's obvious because the linesman is on the line. He needs to see it," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "We would have had defensive areas we need to work on even if we'd won 3-2, but we were the better team. We should have won."
Wayne Rooney scores his first Premier League goal for Everton at Goodison Park in exactly 4900 days ? pic.twitter.com/iWFYBRHeDc — B/R Football (@brfootball) August 12, 2017Debutant Ahmed Hegazi's first-half header earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while Mauricio Pellegrino's tenure as Southampton manager began with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea City.
...and breathe! We want you to sum that one up with just three emojis Here's our three to get you started: ??? pic.twitter.com/egrKbxV0ES — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 11, 2017RESULTS: West Bromwich Albion 1 Ahmed Hegazy 31 Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 2 Alvaro Morata 69, David Luiz 88 Burnley 3 Sam Vokes 24,43, Stephen Ward 39 Crystal Palace 0 Huddersfield Town 3 Joel Ward 23og, Steve Mounie 26,78 Everton 1 Wayne Rooney 45+1 Stoke City 0 Southampton 0 Swansea City 0 Watford 3 Okaka Chuka 8, Doucoure 31, Britos 90+4 Liverpool 3 Mane 29, Firmino 55pen, Salah 57 Friday, August 11 Arsenal 4 Lacazette 2, Welbeck 45+2, Ramsey 83, Giroud 85 Leicester City 3 Okazaki 5, Vardy 29,56