The Premier League season opens with the champions losing to newly promoted Hull City.

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Chelsea 2 West Ham United 1

Chelsea: Eden Hazard (47’ PEN) Diego Costa (89’)

West Ham: James Collins (77’)

Diego Costa thrust himself back into the headlines with an 89th-minute winner as Chelsea edged West Ham United 2-1 in Antonio Conte's first Premier League game as manager on Monday.

Eden Hazard, symbol of Chelsea’s slump from champions to a 10th-place finish last season, opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge with a penalty early in the second half, before James Collins equalised in the 77th minute.

Costa arguably should have been shown a second yellow card after catching West Ham goalkeeper Adrian with a late challenge, but he stayed on to steer a dramatic winner into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards.

“I think the team played a good game with a great intensity and spirit,” Conte told Sky Sports.

“It is important to find the right spirit and intensity. We know we can improve and we must improve a lot, but today I am pleased for my players.”

• More: N'Golo Kante shows his importance to Chelsea



Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4

Arsenal: Theo Walcott (31’) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (64’) Calum Chambers (75’)

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho (45’+1’, 56’) Adam Lallana (49’) Sadio Mané (63’)

In the league's first heavyweight battle of the season, Liverpool came away with a big early three points by out-lasting Arsenal in a wild one at the Emirates.

Philippe Coutinho scored twice, including on a brilliant free kick to the top left corner over the fingertips Petr Cech in extra time of the first half to draw even at 1.

Adam Lallana gave the visitors their first lead four minutes out of half-time, and Sadio Mane topped off their scoring with an incredible left-footed strike to make it 4-1 at the 63rd minute.

Arsenal struck first when Theo Walcott put them up 1-0 in the 31st minute, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain answered Mane’s acrobatics a minute after Arsenal went down by 3 with a fine dribbling and scoring display of his own to make it 4-2. That began a ferocious comeback attempt that also included a goal by Calum Chambers made it 4-3 with 15 minutes left. Liverpool’s shaky defence, however, managed to hang on from there.

It wasn’t all good news for Liverpool, though. Coutinho pulled up limp in the 67th minute and had to come off.



Bournemouth 1 Manchester United 3

Bournemouth: Adam Smith (69’)

United: Juan Mata (40’) Wayne Rooney (59’) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (64’)

• Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning start to life as manager of Manchester United with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his competitive debut.

The Swedish striker, who had netted the winner in the pre-season Community Shield win over Leicester City at Wembley Stadium last Sunday, struck United’s third goal with a low shot from outside the area in the 64th minute.

His strike, which was the highlight of a busy performance in the central striking role, came after Juan Mata, in the 40th minute, and captain Wayne Rooney, in the 59th minute, had both found the net to put the visiting side in charge.

Although Adam Smith pulled one back for Bournemouth with 20 minutes to go, it proved to be only a consolation effort for Eddie Howe’s side, as Mourinho’s men cantered to a comfortable victory.

Mourinho’s first game in charge of United at Old Trafford will come on Friday when they play host to Southampton, who drew their first match of the season 1-1 with Watford on Saturday.



Hull City 2 Leicester City 1

Hull: Adama Diomandé (45’+1’), Robert Snodgrass (57’)

Leicester: Riyad Mahrez (47’ pen)

• Premier League champions Leicester City had a losing start to their title defence today as they were shocked 2-1 by newly promoted Hull City at the KCOM Stadium in their opening game of the season.

Goals from Adama Diomande and Robert Snodgrass gave Hull the three points as Leicester, who only lost three times in the entire 2015/16 league campaign, fell short.

After Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s top scorer last season, had been guilty of spurning a number of chances in the first half, it had been Hull who had taken a surprise lead in first-half stoppage time thanks to Diomande’s acrobatic effort.

Leicester levelled two minutes after half time as Riyad Mahrez scored with a spot-kick after Demarai Gray was felled by Tom Huddlestone, although the initial contact had appeared to be outside the penalty area.

But Hull got themselves back in front nine minutes later as Snodgrass found the net with a low drive, and despite late pressure from Leicester, Hull held on to take the points.

The game was the first action of the day. The final match sees Pep Guardiola’s first game in charge of Manchester City as they play host to Sunderland, with the game kicking off at 8.30pm at the Etihad Stadium.

• More: Saturday talking points


Manchester City 2 Sunderland 1

City: Sergio Agüero (4’ pen) Paddy McNair (87’ og)

Sunderland: Jermain Defoe (71’)

Defender Paddy McNair's late own goal ensured new coach Pep Guardiola's Premier League career got off to a winning start as Manchester City downed Sunderland 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Debutant McNair, under pressure from Kelechi Iheanacho, turned the ball past keeper Vito Mannone in the 87th minute to deny Sunderland a point after Jermain Defoe’s nerveless second-half finish had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s early penalty.

Aguero fired City into the lead in the fourth minute after Patrick van Aanholt brought down the lively Raheem Sterling but City were lethargic in attack despite enjoying the vast majority of possession.

Sunderland thought they had taken a point when the evergreen Defoe peeled away from the home defence after being picked out by Jack Rodwell in the 71st minute. However, coach David Moyes was denied a debut draw as City’s growing pressure finally told.

• More: Pep Guardiola admits team was 'a little lucky'


Everton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Everton: Ross Barkley (5’)

Tottenham: Erik Lamela (59’)

Erik Lamela salvaged a point for Tottenham Hotspur as they came from behind to draw with Everton 1-1 at Goodison Park.

Everton had opened the scoring in the fifth minute as Ross Barkley’s free-kick from the left flank had curled straight in, but Lamela headed home a Kyle Walker cross on the hour-mark for the London side, who finished third last in the Premier League.

• More: Richard Jolly on Maarten Stekelenburg's big debut


Southampton 1 Watford 1

Southampton: Nathan Redmond (58’)

Watford: Etienne Capoue (9’)

Nathan Redmond scored on his debut for Southampton as they drew 1-1 with 10-man Watford.

Watford had gone ahead through Etienne Capoue, but Redmond, signed from Norwich City in the summer, rifled home a low shot in the 56th minute.

Watford were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages as Ben Watson was sent off for a professional foul after bringing down Shane Long, but they survived heavy pressure to finish level with the hosts, for who Redmond had the ball in the net a second time, only for it to be ruled out for offside.


Burnley 0 Swansea City 1

Swansea: Leroy Fer (82’)

• Leroy Fer’s goal eight minutes from time was enough for Swansea City to start the season with three points as they triumphed 1-0 at Burnley, who are back in the top flight after winning the Championship last season.


Crystal Palace 0 West Bromwich Albion 1

West Brom: Salomon Rondon (74’)

It was a disappointing start to the season for Crystal Palace, who were losing FA Cup finalists in May, as they were beaten 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion.

Salomon Rondon’s goal in the 74th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides at Selhurst Park.


Middlesbrough 1 Stoke City 1

Middlesbrough: Álvaro Negredo (11’)

Stoke City: Xherdan Shaqiri (67’)

Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick earned a share of the spoils for Stoke City at Middlesbrough in a 1-1 draw.

The promoted side had taken the lead in the 11th minute as on-loan forward Alvaro Negredo scored with a header on his debut, but Shaqiri’s 67th-minute effort denied them their first win in the top flight since April 2009.


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