Burnley stun Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Gladys Abbott
August 12, 2017

Abuja (Sundiata Post) - Reigning champions Chelsea posted an absolutely miserable first half performance reminiscent of 2015-16, and Burnley held on against the 10- and then 9-man Blues for a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Sam Vokes capitalised on the numerical advantage and Chelsea's poor defending, scoring either side of a goal from team mate Stephen Ward, to send Burnley into the halftime break a worthy if unexpected 3-0 up.

It was the skipper that was looking to lead a Chelsea attack as he bombed up-field, however the defender overran with the ball which saw him dive in and look to go studs up on Steven Defour. The composure of the Chelsea players disappeared for the remainder of a half that will not be quickly forgotten.

The Clarets survived in the Premier League due to a strong home record last season but were atrocious away from Turf Moore, winning just one game throughout the campaign.

Spanish global Alvaro Morata came from the bench to score the first goal for the Blues in the 69th minutes before David Luiz netted at the death as the match ended 3-2 in favor of Burnley. Ignoring the obvious opportunity to launch a cross into the Chelsea area, the visitors played a free-kick short.

Emotions were high, with the two red cards, but Dyche dismissed notions Chelsea were trying to influence the referee: "Its an emotional sport, even I still get emotional now and again!" While that was speculative, Burnley were being clinical.

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It wasn't stellar football but Burnely certainly abused the new found space as the ball was spread out right to Matt Lowton, he had all the time in the world to whip the ball in which found Vokes. Vokes drifted away from the static Luiz and powered home a header that gave Courtois no chance.

At Stamford Bridge they exploited Chelsea's early red card brilliantly, intelligently picking the champions apart with inviting crosses. Not least because Willian stood up as the only player with any heart for the first hour.

This means that David Luiz may have to move up from defense into central midfield alongside N'Golo Kante against Tottenham.

Southampton had 29 shots on goal, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic wasting the best of the chances. But the offside flag was raised.

Cesc Fabregas received his marching orders seven minutes before the end of the game for his second yellow card for a foul committed against Jack Cork.

Just two minutes later the Australian's brilliant cross was powered home by €13 million man Mounie, who looks like he might just be worth every penny.

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