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The first 45 minutes of Premier League 3 o’clock football was absolutely mental

Goals, red cards and the Premier League champions taking a battering. Football is back

Fourteen minutes.

Gary Cahill, playing as Chelsea’s official captain for the first time in the Premier League, strode forward.

As he got closer to the Burnley goal his touches got heavier and heavier. Steven Defour nipped in to steal the ball at which point Cahill went studs up.

Taking ‘big first 15’ a bit too far

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Taking ‘big first 15’ a bit too far

Red card. Chelsea down to ten men.

Sixteen minutes.

Cesc Fabregas, the man who you look to to keep the team calm, finds himself in the referee’s book for sarcastically applauding a decision.

Seventeen minutes.

Jeremie Boga, on his Chelsea first-team debut, is whipped off by Antonio Conte, less than twenty minutes into the game.

Probably not how he imagined his debut

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Probably not how he imagined his debut

Twenty-three minutes.

Matt Lowton swings a ball into the Chelsea box. The Blues’ three-man defence are all caught on their heels.

Sam Vokes beats David Luiz to the cross and tucks the ball past Thibaut Courtois. One-nil Burnley.

Across the other side of London Premier League new boys Huddersfield weren’t hanging about against Crystal Palace.

Cristopher Schindler forces the ball across the six-yard line where Joel Ward has no option but to put the ball into his own net.

Welcome to the top flight.

Wrong net Joel

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Wrong net Joel

Twenty-six minutes.

Time for Huddersfield to settle down and try and protect their lead? Absolutely not.

Aaron Mooy whips a delicious cross into the box where he finds Steve Mounie. Header, onion bag, 2-0.

Thirty-one minutes.

Mounie isn’t the only debutant enjoying his first taste of Premier League football.

West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi opened his account with a bullet header, made possible thanks to Chris Brunt’s left foot.

Boof

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Boof

Forty minutes.

Burnley win a free-kick in the Chelsea half. Time to chuck the ball into the box and do what long-ball Burnley do best.

But what’s this? Stephen Ward takes it short, playing a one-two around none other than N’Golo Kante, who for once looks powerless to stop the inevitable.

Ward chests it past the Frenchman and rifles a shot past Courtois into the side of the goal. Two-nil.

What a hit son

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What a hit son

Forty-three minutes.

What is going on? Burnley can’t do anything wrong.

Defour, the man whose shinpads were given a rattling by Cahill, crossed for Vokes to make it 3-0.

Forty-six minutes.

Thought the storylines were written? Time to go over to Merseyside.

Wayne Rooney, making his second Everton Premier League debut, wins the ball back in midfield.

The ball is worked out to Sandro Ramirez, who passed it on to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The youngster crossed to Rooney, who headed past Jack Butland to send Goodison Park, and sports writers, into meltdown.

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