Half-Time Report: Chelsea dominate after early Burnley goal

Chelsea come from behind to lead 3-1 at half time in their Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor

Chelsea have come from a goal down to lead 3-1 at half time in their opening match of the new Premier League season against Burnley at Turf Moor this evening.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring their first goal in front of the Burnley fans during the English Premier League football match on August 18, 2014© Getty Images

Andre Schurrle came close to opening to scoring inside the first five minutes when Cesc Fabregas found the German with a through-ball, but his finish went just wide.

Against the run of play, the home side broke the deadlock with less than a quarter of an hour gone when Scott Arfield connected with a crossed ball on the half-volley to pick out the top corner.

Burnley's Scottish midfielder Scott Arfield (L) celebrates with Burnley's English defender Kieran Trippier (R) after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match against Chelsea on August 18, 2014© Getty Images

Jose Mourinho's men were back on level terms just three minutes later when Burnley failed to clear, allowing Diego Costa to drill the ball in for his first Premier League goal.

Chelsea were ahead shortly after as Eden Hazard burst forward from midfield before finding Fabregas, who in turn set up Schurrle for a low strike into the bottom corner.

Andre Schurrle of Chelsea scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on August 18, 2014 © Getty Images

The visitors extended their lead in the 34th minute when Branislav Ivanovic lost his marker in the build-up to a corner, giving him space to volley the ball into the back of the net.

Danny Ings had a chance to pull one back for Burnley shortly before the break, but he flicked his effort just wide.

Andre Schurrle of Chelsea scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on August 18, 2014
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