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Chelsea Is Stunned in Its Premier League Opener
LONDON — Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to visiting Burnley, 3-2, in the first match of its Premier League title
defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding Chelsea after its frustrating off-season in the transfer market.
Chelsea’s Álvaro Morata, a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit after halftime
in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for $75 million.
The captain Gary Cahill was given a straight red card for a cleats-first lunge in the
13th minute before Chelsea conceded three goals in 20 minutes before halftime.
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Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by converting crosses that bookended a stunning volley by left back Stephen Ward.