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LONDON---Chelsea began its Eng-
lish Premier League title defence
with a red card for goalkeeper
Thibaut Courtois and a 2-2 draw
at home to Swansea on a frustrating
opening yesterday at Stamford
Jose Mourinho s side twice had
the lead, but paid the price for Cour-
tois rash challenge on Swansea strik-
er Bafetimbi Gomis as the France
international raced through on the
Referee Michael Oliver had no
hesitation in producing a straight
red card and pointing to the spot,
allowing Gomis to beat substitute
keeper Asmir Begovic from the spot
and make it 2-2.
Manchester United needed an
own goal to beat Tottenham 1-0 in
the day s early kickoff, while Claudio
Ranieri s Leicester beat Sunderland
4-2, and Crystal Palace earned a
controversial 3-1 win at Norwich.
There was no fairytale start to
Bournemouth s first ever season in
the topflight, as the team slumped
to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at its
11,700-capacity seaside stadium.
Watford, promoted along with
Bournemouth, was twice in front
against Everton before having to set-
tle for 2-2 at Goodison Park.
The biggest game of the day was
saved for last, though, as Chelsea
came out for what was expected to
be a routine victory in west Lon-
In a hectic spell midway through
the first half, Oscar put the hosts
ahead in the 23rd minute, Andre
Ayew leveled in the 29th, and
Chelsea s lead was restored with an
own goal by Swansea defender Fed-
However, everything changed
within 10 minutes of the restart,
when Courtois felled Gomis as the
France striker burst into the area on
Gomis easily converted the penalty
in the 55th, and had the ball in the
back of the Blues net in the 68th,
but the strike was ruled out for off-
Mourinho would not be drawn on
the sending off, saying only, "after
that, everything is different."
"We played very well in the first
half, the game was under control and
the players were playing with more
and more confidence," he said. "To
play 35 minutes with one player less
in the first match of the season where
the condition and the sharpness is
not at the top is even more difficult."
Swansea coach Garry Monk was
clearly delighted with his side.
"We were magnificent," he said.
"Everyone contributed for 90 minutes
- to come to a very difficult place,
to an excellent side, and play the way
we played, and have the chances that
Chelsea was not the only side that
had to rely on an own goal.
At Old Trafford, Spurs defender
Kyle Walker handed all three
points to United by steering the
ball into his own net in the 22nd
minute as he tried to tackle United
captain Wayne Rooney.
It was one of very few chances in
a scrappy match, which Louis van
Gaal s new-look United started with
four preseason signings.
Sergio Romero was in goal after
Van Gaal decided that Real Madrid
target David de Gea was not in the
right frame of mind to play. Fullback
Matteo Darmain, along with mid-
fielders Morgan Schneiderlin and
Memphis Depay, all made convincing
debuts, and Romero improved after
some early signs of nerves.
Another of new United s new sign-
ings, midfielder Bastian Schwein-
steiger, replaced Michael Carrick on
"It was a very difficult game
because you have seen two teams
that want to press, so every player
at the ball had a very small (amount
of) time to play," Van Gaal said.
The place to go for goals was
Leicester, where former Chelsea coach
Ranieri made an ideal start to his
return to the league after an 11-year
Jamie Vardy struck first with a
header after 11 minutes and Riyad
Mahrez scored in the 18th and from
the penalty spot in the 25th. Jermain
Defoe and Steven Fletcher grabbed
second-half goals for Sunderland,
while Marc Albrighton got Leicester s
fourth to seal the points.
Nothing went right for Norwich,
which had a potential equaliser dis-
allowed in what became a heavy
Substitute Cameron Jerome
thought he d made it 2-2 when he
stretched his boot up for an acrobatic
overhead shot that flew into the net
in the 74th---only for referee Simon
Hooper to whistle for his foot being
Norwich also appealed for a penalty
when Sebastien Bassong was pushed
over by Connor Wickham in the area
in the 89th. (AP)
10-man Chelsea held 2-2 by Swansea
ed coach Louis van Gaal made it
clear on Saturday that David De
Gea will command a big transfer
fee if the goalkeeper targeted by Real
Madrid is to leave Old Trafford.
De Gea was rested for the opening
day victory over Tottenham as Van
Gaal said the 24-year-old Spain
international was not in the right
frame of mind.
Asked if he hoped the transfer saga
will end soon, Van Gaal told BT
Sport: "I m not the most important
part. The most important part is the
player and of course the club who
wants to buy him. He is our best
player for two or three years already,
chosen by the fans, so we cannot let
him go so easily."
But he added that "we have to pay
a lot of money for all the players we
want, and we want to sell at the same
Speculation that the Madrid-born
keeper could be heading home has
been heightened by the fact that De
Gea has only one year left his contract
--- and can leave for free at the end
of the season.
Sergio Romero was between the
posts for United in yesterday s 1-0
victory over Spurs at Old Trafford.
MADRID---Cristiano Ronaldo and
Sergio Ramos have joined Real
Madrid s list of injures players, and
neither will travel to Norway for its
last preseason match.
Madrid says new coach Rafa Ben-
itez left both players off his 23-man
squad for Sunday s friendly against
Valerenga in Oslo.
Ronaldo was expected to recover
in time from back pain that kept him
out of the team s previous two friend-
Madrid says Ramos received a
"hard knock on his right foot" during
Wednesday s match at Bayern
Munich. Fellow center back Pepe
injured a muscle in his right leg during
that 1-0 loss and will also miss the
trip to Scandinavia.
Madrid will also be without injured
striker Karim Benzema for its last
preseason test before starting the sea-
son on August 23 at Sporting Gijon.
...Man Utd edges Spurs
Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois is given a red card by referee Michael Oliver during their English Premier League match
against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge, London, yesterday. The matched ended in a 2-2 draw. AP PHOTO
Wolfsburg began its title defence
with a 4-1 win at third-division
Stuttgarter Kickers, while
Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen
also easily progressed from the
first round yesterday.
Wolfsburg strikers Max Kruse
and Bas Dost scored in the first
half, and Kevin de Bruyne made
it 3-0 two minutes into the sec-
ond. Striker Lhadji Badiane pulled
one back for the Kickers in the
79th, before Nicklas Bendtner
completed the scoring.
Schalke routed second-division
local rival Duisburg 5-0, and Lev-
erkusen won 3-0 at fourth-tier
Leverkusen won thanks to Ste-
fan Kiessling s 15th-minute strike,
and second-half penalties from
Hakan Calhanoglu and Lars Ben-
der. Lotte finished with 10 men.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar got Schalke
off the mark before the 2011 title
winners task was made easier
with the sending off of Duisburg
captain Branimir Bajic midway
through the half. Michael Rata-
jczak saved the resulting penalty
from Franco Di Santo, but goals
from Matija Nastasic and Johannes
Geis put Schalke 3-0 up at the
Di Santo scored with a fine vol-
ley, and Leon Goretzka wrapped
it up in the 85th.
Eintracht Frankfurt defeated
fifth-tier Bremer SV 3-0, while
Cologne won 4-0 at fourth-tier
side Meppen, which saw its goal-
keeper sent off in the first half.
Werder Bremen needed goals
in extra time from Anthony Ujah
and Fin Bartels to overcome third-
tier side Wuerzburger Kickers 2-
0. Hoffenheim became the first
top-division side to be knocked
out in the opening round, losing
2-0 at second-division 1860
Munich. Midfielder Daylon
Claasen struck in the 51st, and
striker Fejsal Mulic sealed 1860 s
deserved win in injury time.
Leverkusen all through
in German Cup
United wants big transfer fee
if De Gea leaves for Madrid
Ronaldo, Ramos to miss
Real friendly with injuries
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