Leicester City became the first defending champions to lose their opening game since 1989 after newly promoted Hull City prevailed at the KC Stadium on the first day of the new Premier League season. As the curtain came down on the new campaign, the Foxes were caught cold by the managerless Tigers whose winger Robert Snodgrass hammered home the winner after 57 minutes.
Despite having just 13 fit senior players, fans protesting ahead of kick-off and Mike Phelan in caretaker charge, Hull took the lead as Adama Diomade and Abel Hernandez met a volley in unison, with the ball flying beyond Kasper Schmeichel. The goal was credited to Diomade but the hosts were pegged back two minutes after the break as Riyad Mahrez hammered home a penalty.
But Snodgrass had the final word. Danny Simpson failed to clear Ahmed Elmohamady's cross beyond the edge of the area and the Scotland international had time to bring the ball down and arrowed a strike into the corner.
On an opening day which saw five managers take charge of their first competitive game at their new club, and there were contrasting starts for Pep Guardiola and David Moyes as pre-season title favourites Manchester City struck late to beat plucky Sunderland. Guardiola's tenure had lift off after four minutes when Sergio Aguero struck from the spot after Raheem Sterling was felled by Patrick van Aanholt.
City showed plenty of control in possession but they were punished for lacking thrust when Jack Rodwell – formerly of the Etihad Stadium club – fed Jermain Defoe who fired past Willy Caballero, the deputy for the dropped Joe Hart. The hosts grabbed the winner with three minutes left when new Black Cats signing Paddy McNair marked his debut by heading into his own net from Jesus Navas' deflected cross.
Moyes' former club Everton started life under Ronald Koeman by drawing with last season's third place team Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. The Toffees began without the injured Romelu Lukaku but took the lead when Ross Barkley's free-kick beat Hugo Lloris as the England midfielder scored for the first time since February.
Spurs lost the France captain to injury 10 minutes before half-time but inspired but the introduction of new signing Vincent Janssen, they equalised just prior to the hour mark when Erik Lamela stooped to head home Kyle Walker's cross. Marten Stekelenburg kept Janssen from claiming a debut goal late on as Mauricio Pochettino's men were denied an opening day win.
In another battle between two new top flight managers, Claude Puel's Southampton drew with Walter Mazzarri's Watford at St Mary's. The visitors hit the front through Etienne Capoue's first Hornets goal but on a day of new starts, it was summer arrival Nathan Redmond who ensured the points were shared as he volleyed home from a half-cleared corner. Ben Watson was sent off for fouling Shane Long but Saints were unable to make the numerical advantage count.
Newly-promoted Middlesbrough made their first Premier League appearance for seven years as Stoke City struck late on to grab a point at the Riverside. Alvaro Negredo scored after just 11 minutes with a close range header to hand Aitor Karanka's side the lead, however Xherdan Shaqiri picked up from where he left off at the European Championships with a fine free-kick to level.
Burnley are yet to get on the board however as their return to the Premier League ended with defeat to Swansea City. Leroy Fer made his loan move from Queens Park Rangers permanent during the summer and he netted the only goal, reacting first after Tom Heaton parried Fernando Llorente's header.
Finally, Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion weathered an early storm from Crystal Palace before going on to claim a late win at Selhurst Park. Salomon Rondon scored the only goal, flicking home James McClean's right-wing free-kick.
Premier League results: Burnley 0-1 Swansea City, Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion, Hull City 2-1 Leicester City, Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City 2-1 Sunderland, Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke City, Southampton 1-1 Watford.