Premier League: Burnley Stun Chelsea, Rooney Scores on Everton Return

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The drama of the English Premier League returned with feverish intensity Saturday as Burnley stunned defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Welsh international Sam Vokes scored either side of a sensational drive from Stephen Ward after Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was sent off for a reckless tackle in the 14th minute.

Record signing Alvaro Morata pulled one back after coming on for Michy Batshuayi but all hopes of a revival were dashed after Cesc Fabregas was shown a second yellow card for a rather heavy challenge.

Antonio Conte’s men further reduced the deficit after David Luiz latched onto a Morata flick but Burnley held on in the final stages to secure all three points.

Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years at Manchester United by grabbing the winner against Stoke City.

Rooney, 31, found space in the area to head a Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland just before half time for his 199th Premier League goal.

Rooney scores on Everton return. Image: BBCSport

Ahmed Hegazi scored on his Premier League debut as West Brom beat Bournemouth 1-0 in a drab encounter at The Hawthorns, while newly promoted Huddersfield Town made a dream start to their debut season in the top flight with a 3-0 spanking of Crystal Palace.

Mathias Jorgensen and Steve Mounie got the goals that sank Palace in front of their home crowd.

Earlier in the day, Liverpool showed familiar inconsistencies by conceding three soft goals – including a stoppage-time equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday.

The Reds, without Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho, fell behind to Stefano Okaka’s header.

Sadio Mane equalised with a neat finish only for Abdoulaye Doucoure to restore the lead from close range.

Roberto Firmino scored from the spot to make it 2-2, and debutant Mohamed Salah thought he had won it only for Britos to bundle in for a share of the spoils.

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