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Chelsea were given an early scare in their opening Premier League match of the season by newly promoted Burnley, but responded quickly and emphatically to take a 3-1 lead into halftime at Turf Moor. Jose Mourinho had his two big summer signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas in the starting lineup, but it was a Burnley side, put together on a fraction of the cost of Costa alone, who took the lead.
With Chelsea’s defense having switched off, one of Burnley’s summer arrivals, Matthew Taylor, chipped the ball back from the byline on the left and Scott Arfield took advantage of the space afforded him on the edge of the box to take a touch and rifle home a stunning finish. Thibaut Courtois, having got the nod over Petr Cech in goal, was strangely unmoved and beaten just 14 minutes into a Chelsea debut for which he had waited three years.
But just three minutes later Chelsea were level. Jason Shackell turned Branislav Ivanovic’s cross against his own post and from the rebound Costa gleefully snapped up the chance for a debut goal. In the 21st minute Chelsea went ahead with another of their debutantes taking the spotlight. From Ivanovic’s pass to the edge of the box, Fabregas caught everyone out with a delightfully weighted pass that perfectly found the run of Andre Schürrle and the World Cup winner produced the one-touch finish. And Chelsea then took the match decisively away from the home side 11 minutes before halftime when Ivanovic volleyed in Fabregas’ corner from close range.