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Australian keeper Mat Ryan suffered a nightmare first half to open his Premier League season, conceding a penalty to Chelsea after felling debutant Timo Werner in the box. And things got worse from there for his Brighton side in a 3-1 loss.

Meanwhile Wolves raced out of the blocks to score twice in six minutes with a sizzling start to their Premier League campaign, beating Sheffield United 2-0.

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Ryan makes nightmarish start

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Chelsea down gritty Brighton

Chelsea down gritty Brighton

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Ryan’s disappointing opener

Mat Ryan’s Brighton slumped to a disappointing 3-1 loss to Chelsea in their first game of the season.

The opener came midway through the first half after Brighton played themselves into trouble. Steven Alzate passed the ball straight into the feet of Italian midfielder Jorginho who fed Werner through on goal. Ryan raced off his line only for Werner to easily round him, hitting the turf after contact from Ryan.

The Australian avoided a card, but Jorginho comfortably sent the penalty into the back of the net to hand the Blues a lead after 22 minutes.

Brighton showed pace and positivity that had been at times lacking last campaign, and threatened to level the score in the first stanza.

But Adam Lallana, the high-profile recent arrival from Liverpool, went down with a leg injury in the dying minutes of the half – a disappointing sight that has become all too familiar in recent seasons for the England midfielder.

Greatest maiden PL goal ever?

Greatest maiden PL goal ever?

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In the second stanza, Benjamin Trossard hit a long-range stunner to level the scores. Less than ten minutes after the break, Trossard unleashed with his left boot and the ball bounced past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

But less than two minutes later, Reece James added a second for Chelsea with an absolute stunner from outside the box, Ryan left with no chance as the ball rocketed into the top corner. It was the highly-rated 20 year old fullback’s first PL goal.

There was nothing the Aussie gloveman could do about that goal, and it was a similar situation as Chelsea doubled their lead.

Lewis Dunk missed a golden chance to equalise a couple of minutes after James’s strike, as Trossard curled in a brilliant cross that found the Brighton defender unmarked in the six-yard box at the back post. Dunk somehow managed to slide his header wide of the post.

Just seven minutes later, Ryan was left completely stranded once again as Chelsea sealed the win. An outswinging corner was optimistically volleyed toward goal by Kurt Zouma, only to take a massive deflection that the Aussie was helpless to stop.

Wolves put Blades away early

Wolves put Blades away early

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Wolves run riot

Wolves showed no signs of fatigue as they kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win against Sheffield United on Monday.

Just 34 days after losing to Sevilla in their final game of the coronavirus-delayed 2019-20 season, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side looked fresher than expected as they made a blistering start at Bramall Lane.

Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss put Wolves two goals up after just six minutes and the visitors were in control the rest of the way despite their shorter than usual close season.

It was the perfect way to open the season for Nuno, who recently signed a new three-year contract, as he tries to improve on successive seventh-place finishes in the Premier League.

Surpassing Wolves’ best performance in back-to-back seasons since the 1960s will not be easy, but there is enough quality in Nuno’s team to challenge for European qualification.

“This was the first match after a quick turnaround. I’m very pleased,” Nuno said.

“The character, the ways they worked, the resilience at the end. “It’s been an amazing three seasons. We can create something really special. We have to stay humble.”

Blades manager Chris Wilder added: “To recover from as poor a start as I can remember here against Wolves it was always going to be a tough ask.

“I know what I have got in my changing room, they don’t go under and they didn’t. They made a game of it.”

Foxes hammer the Baggies

Foxes hammer the Baggies

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There were just three minutes on the clock when Daniel Podence skipped past John Lundstram on the left flank and whipped his cross to Jimenez, who intelligently peeled away from his marker to guide a sublime half-volley into the roof of the net.

Jimenez nearly scored again moments later when the Mexican striker’s dipping effort was superbly tipped over by Aaron Ramsdale, who was making his second Blades debut after rejoining the club from Bournemouth in the close season.

Ramsdale was unable to stop Wolves doubling their lead in the sixth minute when Saiss met an outsinging corner with a thumping header that looped over the Blades keeper.

Toffees too good for Spurs

Toffees too good for Spurs

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In his 100th game in all competitions for Wolves, the prolific Jimenez was proving impossible to contain and he was close to his 32nd Premier League goal when he curled just over.

After bullying most opponents at home last season, United were well off the pace and it was almost halftime before Wolves keeper Rui Patricio had to make a save from Oli McBurnie.

John Fleck almost reduced the deficit early in the second half when his shot cannoned off the post before George Baldock’s follow-up deflected wide.

Those near misses could not revive United and Wolves finished on top as Saiss and Jimenez both hit the woodwork.

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Neymar’s “disgraceful” punch

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