Roberto Soldado marked his Tottenham Hotspur league debut with the only goal of the game at promoted Crystal Palace on Sunday.
With Gareth Bale absent through injury and his proposed world-record transfer to Real Madrid still hanging over the club, Tottenham were hoping the Spain forward could make an instant impact. And the £26m signing from Valencia did not disappoint, slotting home a second-half penalty to ruin the Premier League homecoming for Palace.
The home side made an energetic start, but Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni had to come off his line quickly to get to a back-pass ahead of Soldado, who headed harmlessly over shortly afterwards.
Most of the possession belonged to Tottenham and Moussa Dembele fired in a long-rang effort that skimmed the top of the Palace bar before Soldado was off-target again, this time from a near-post flick. It took Palace a while to register a reply, but when Aaron Wilbraham rose highest to meet a free-kick, his header went straight to Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.
The home side were guilty of surrendering possession too cheaply in their own half and Gylfi Sigurdsson almost made them pay with a well-struck effort that Speroni was able to tip over at full stretch.
Aaron Lennon was making inroads down the right wing but his attempt to find Soldado when Nacer Chadli was better placed failed and Palace breathed a sigh of relief, with Chadli then heading over at the back post.
Soldado scores from the spot
Palace survived a penalty scare early in the second half when Paulinho went down under Mile Jedinak's challenge, but the reprieve was short-lived. Within a minute, Lennon's cross hit the raised arm of Dean Moxey and Soldado made no mistake from the spot to score Spurs' first penalty since the 2011/12 season.
Capoue came on for Dembele for his debut in the 57th minute and the Frenchman immediately blasted a long-range effort almost out of the ground.
Dwight Gayle also fired over at the other end before Palace manager Ian Holloway made a triple substitution, introducing Chamakh, veteran 40-year-old striker Kevin Phillips and young fans' favourite Jonathan Williams.
Sigurdsson was guilty of a poor miss when he curled wide after Soldado had set him up, but Palace were looking more potent with Phillips on the pitch, with Lloris coming out of his area to tackle him at one point.
Lloris failed to catch a corner as Palace pressed but made amends with a smart save to deny Damien Delaney, but the home side again lived dangerously when Jermain Defoe, on for Soldado, emulated Sigurdsson with a poor finish after darting into the box. Palace carried on pressing for an equaliser and again Tottenham had Lloris to thank for a double save to deny Kagisho Dikgacoi shortly before the final whistle.
Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge victorious
Jose Mourinho made a winning return as Chelsea manager with a 2-0 success at home to promoted Hull City in the club's opener. Back at Stamford Bridge after spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho saw his side prevail through early goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard on a warm, sunny afternoon in west London.
The UEFA Europa League champions looked on course for a handsome win after scoring twice in the first 25 minutes, but they took their foot off the pedal thereafter, perhaps with a view to Wednesday's visit of Aston Villa.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor was among five debutants for Hull and he was quickly involved, clumsily clattering Torres but then plunging to his right to repel Lampard's subsequent penalty in the sixth minute.
It was a temporary reprieve, however, as seven minutes later Oscar put Chelsea ahead by poking the ball beneath McGregor from De Bruyne's pass. Lampard got on the score-sheet in the 25th minute with a dipping 30-yard free-kick that deceived McGregor, who had to save from Branislav Ivanovic in first-half injury time.
That opportunity yielded the clearest demonstration of goal-line technology of the opening weekend, with Hawk-Eye replays proving that McGregor had clawed Ivanovic's header away from right on the line.
In the second half, Hull centre-back Curtis Davies headed straight at Petr Cech and Schuerrle chipped narrowly over the bar, before Mourinho handed a league debut to another new signing, Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel.