Alvaro Morata's introduction during Chelsea's 3-2 defeat to Burnley today may have sparked the struggling Premier League champions into life, but the Spanish striker also had a glorious chance to rescue a point with almost the last kick of the game and couldn't convert from three yards out.

The Spanish striker, a £58 million arrival from Real Madrid this summer, was left on the bench by Antonio Conte this afternoon, with the Italian preferring Michy Batshuayi up front, instead.

But with the Blues 3-0 down and a man down in the second-half, Morata was thrown on as a last roll of the dice. And it was a roll that came perilously close to working.

The Spaniard nodded home a cross before flicking on a long ball for David Luiz to volley home as the Blues put the Clarets to the sword in the dying minutes of the opening game of the season.

Despite being down to nine men, with Cesc Fabregas following captain Gary Cahill for an early bath, Conte's men dominated the final few minutes and when Marcos Alonso zipped a low ball across the six yard box in the 94th minute, there looked like only one outcome when the ball landed at Morata's feet with the goal gaping.

Instead, the Spanish striker failed to divert the ball goalwards, seeing the ball cannon back the way it came as the final whistle blew on a bleak afternoon for the champions.

In the Spanish striker's defence, the ball is travelling quickly as it flies towards him, but Chelsea fans will be hoping his previous efforts earlier in the game are the more common occurrences this season.

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Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.

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