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Key Events

B. Traoré
A. Baba
L. Rémy
Fàbregas
G. Murray
Goal
G. Murray
J. King
Diego Costa
Yellow Card
Diego Costa
Oscar
A. Surman
Yellow Card
Pedro
Yellow Card
3
2
1
1

Stats

Possession
% %
9
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 5
Total Passes 524 323

Commentary

And that will do it from the Bridge! An almighty victory for the newly promoted Bournemouth, who end an eight-game winless run and move out of the relegation zone in the process. Murray's late goal gave them the points, and sends Chelsea lurching into another disaster. Unbelievable scenes! That's all from us, thanks for joining our live commentary! 
Gosling has space in the Chelsea area, but goes for goal himself, and Courtois can grab. Chelsea break from that failed attack with Remy slicing and dicing, but his low cut-back is cleared ahead of Costa!
SIDE NETTING! Terrific play again from Bournemouth, who pounce on a late slip from Cahill, and Artur steals possession, only to fire into the wrong side of the goal! That was so close to sealing this one.
Bournemouth continue to attack whenever they get the ball. No corner-flag strategy for them! What a massive result this will be for the newly promoted side. As for Chelsea, it would be right back into crisis after a mini-revival in recent games. 
Ivanovic drills a speculative effort almost out for a throw-in from at least 30 yards, and he hears it from the crowd. Mourinho tries to rally his team with just a few minutes left for them to get back in this game! 
CHELSEA NEARLY HIT AGAIN! Suddenly Bournemouth break with Ritchie on the ball and acres to run into. He decides to go for goal from the top of the box, but hammers it the wrong side of the post! 
Well Bournemouth have barely been a factor offensively in this half, but give Chelsea a lesson in ruthlessness by turning home one of their first attempts of the second period. 
B. Traoré
A. Baba
Chelsea
Baba is also brought off for Traore. 
L. Rémy
Fàbregas
Chelsea
Mourinho throws on Remy for Fabregas in the aftermath of that goal. 
G. Murray
Goal
AFC Bournemouth
MURRAY HAS DONE IT FOR BOURNEMOUTH! Chelsea fail to clear a corner, and Cook's attempted rebound falls to the substitute at the back post, who heads it home! He's only been on the pitch for a minute or two!
COSTA COULD HAVE DONE BETTER! Fabregas hoists a long ball into the area for the former Atletico striker to chase, and he makes contact on the ball, slicing it but still drawing a save from Boruc! Imagine if he had caught that cleanly! 
G. Murray
J. King
AFC Bournemouth
King put in a strong shift up top but his night is at an end as Murray replaces him. 
GREAT WORK FROM PEDRO! In the tightest of confines, he wriggles past two players, nutmegs a third and strikes on goal, but it's blocked by the sliding leg of a defender!
SOMEHOW CHELSEA FAIL TO CONVERT! A scintillating attack sees Hazard stab in Ivanovic down the right, and this time his delivery is spot-on, but somehow missed by both Pedro and Costa in the six-yard area! 
Arter has given away a free-kick here for sticking his leg out to tumble Pedro. He's perhaps lucky to get only a talking-two from the referee and nothing more as it looked reckless.
The match is stopped as another Bournemouth player is in need of treatment. Stanislas is the lastest to take a knock, and his malaise gives both sides a chance to have a word from their manager. 
Disappointing for Ivanovic, who has not enjoyed a good game. Fabregas slips him through in plenty of space out wide, but his cross is lashed too far ahead of any of his teammates. 
There's a break on from Bournemouth as King charges down the left with Zouma in hot pursuit. He cuts infield, but a crowd of retreating Chelsea players prevent him from releasing the ball to one of his teammates.
Costa, already on a booking, does something pretty stupid - kicking the ball away after it ran out of play ahead of him. That's almost always a booking in today's game, but the referee errs on the side of leniency. 
Willian's corner, not for the first time in this game, is bent right into the safe arms of Boruc. Too easy for Bournemouth and disappointing from the normally reliable dead-ball specialist Willian. 
Daniels holds off Willian well and makes a purposeful run to the top of the box before being stopped by Zouma right before he could make up his mind. Good defending in the end. 
Diego Costa
Yellow Card
Chelsea
Costa has the ball on the left again, and wrestles Ritchie to the turf, leading to a booking for the substitute. 
HANDBALL? Chelsea and their fans appeal for a penalty as Costa's cross is stopped on the slide by Francis. It clearly hit the defender's hand but it would be hard to call it intentional. Could have gone either way, but the referee decides to wave play on. 
An hour gone and Chelsea are really stepping up the tempo here in the search for the breakthrough. It's been a commendable improvement from Mourinho's men who are looking a lot more productive. 
DANGEROUS TIMES FOR BOURNEMOUTH! A Willian corner is glanced right into the six-yard area, and there's a nervy moment where it could have gone anywhere with Boruc sprawling, but Gosling hacks it clear! 
GREAT CHANCE! Somehow, Willian manufactures the space for a cross from the right, and his ball into the area takes a nick off the head of a defender, which perhaps surprises Matic at the back post! From point-blank range, the Serbian heads over! 
Pedro collects the ball down the right and angles a cross into the area. Costa is lurking at the back post, but the defence just about get it clear ahead of the Spanish striker. 
It will be interesting to see how the presence of Costa affects Chelsea in this half. Hazard wasn't entirely convincing as the lone striker in the first half, and he will now be attacking from his favoured left-flank position. 
Baba does well to inch down the left flank and hook a cross into the area, but Costa can't contort his body enough to turn a volley on goal. Hazard tries to surprise Boruc with an overhead kick, but it's right down the keeper's throat. 
Ritchie fires one over the bar as Bournemouth look to keep up their impressive first-half form. The level of their play in that opening period certainly deserved a goal. Can they find it here?
Diego Costa
Oscar
Chelsea
Mourinho recognises that he needs some more thrust up front and introduces Costa for Oscar, with Hazard moving over to the left. 
Here we go again.
And that will do it for the first half from Stamford Bridge. It's still goalless, but not for a lack of trying. Bournemouth created the majority of the chances, and tested Courtois multiple times. Chelsea started to loosen up in the latter stages of the half, forcing Boruc into a few saves themselves. I can't imagine this staying 0-0 for long in the second half. Stay tuned for the restart in just a bit. 
Oscar takes a pass with his back to goal and tries to spin away from his man with one touch, but he lost his balance and fell. He appeals for a free-kick but the referee isn't having any of it.
King is down again after taking a whack to the face from Zouma. It wasn't malicious from the Chelsea defender, but that's the Bournemouth striker battered and bruised once more.
Pedro collects a pass at the top of the box and fires on goal, but a crowd of players blocks the effort. Undaunted, he gathers the loose ball and tries again, this time curling it around his man and for the far post, but Boruc gets strong hands on it! 
Arter does excellently again to harry Ivanovic into a turnover near the edge of the Chelsea box and he exchanges passes with some teammates before firing over the bar. He's a dangerous player in this game for sure. 
Down at the other end, King leads the charge on the break. He wriggles into an inch of space and hammers for the near post, but Courtois makes an expected save and thwarts the striker with his feet. 
BORUC MAKES HIS FIRST SAVE! Pedro starts the attack with a wonderful searching ball down the right, and Hazard takes charge, cutting in onto his left and aiming for the near post, but the Bournemouth keeper turns it away.
Ivanovic collects a looping pass down the right and has time to make his mind up, deciding to cut it low to the top of the box for Pedro. The Spaniard's first touch is lead though, and forces him away from goal. 
King is now down and in need of a once-over by the medical staff. He's done really well leading the line today, with his ability to pick the right passes for players arriving in support a particular highlight. 
That wasn't bad from Arter, who once again finds space in the final third to let fly, but a deflection takes it away from Courtois in the Chelsea goal. Good play again from the guests.
Some really admirable play from Willian sees him evade players with his footwork and balance, before combining with Matic and Ivanovic to charge half the length of the pitch on the counter-attack, eventually winning a corner, which perhaps disappointingly comes to nothing. 
Bournemouth have done really well defensively to suck Chelsea in, and step in with the vital interception or challenge at the right time. Boruc hasn't been tested yet, which will delight Howe. 
Arter skips past Matic and decides to try a shot, but he drags it wide of the mark. However, the space in front of the defence for Bournemouth must be concerning Mourinho in the first half. 
Chelsea have done well to take the sting out of the visitors in recent minutes, and now they need to focus on making a more coordinated effort to create shooting opportunities themselves. 
A. Surman
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
Surman quickly joins Pedro in the book for hacking down Fabregas to prevent a Chelsea break. 
Hazard drills one towards the back post for Willian, but Daniels just about shepherds it away from immediate danger. Chelsea finally have a spell around the Bournemouth box after what seems like a while. 
Pedro
Yellow Card
Chelsea
Pedro loses the ball to Arter, and in his haste to get it back, he trips the midfielder in plain view of the referee. For his efforts, he's booked. 
The game is stopped to tend to the stricken Cahill, and that has given Howe the chance to have a word with his players - most likely among the lines of further encouragement for their excellent spell. Chelsea are indebted to Courtois who has made an accomplished return to the XI already.
COURTOIS WITH ANOTHER SUPERB SAVE! Fabregas is caught out as the visitors storm forward, and King is played in down the right. He hammers it for the near corner, but the Belgian keeper turns it around the post!
Some great confidence being shown by the visitors now after they were under the cosh in the opening five minutes or so. They are breaking with real purpose whenever a Chelsea attack falters. 
ACTION IN THE CHELSEA BOX! A Blues move breaks down and King charges forward on the break. He's got Stanislas in support down the left and picks him out excellently, but the latter's shot is parried by Courtois. King picks up the pieces but a block from Cahill prevents what looked like a likely finish!
Chelsea are being forced back, but the danger with that for the visitors is the potential to be hit on the counter. Just on that last play, Oscar had the ball and two teammates in support to counter, but the pass came for Willian who could not continue the momentum. 
Bournemouth are starting to get back into this game as they turn up their pressing approach, forcing the Blues into nervous plays in their own half. The fans are getting a little testy at this.
Ivanovic coughs up possession in a dangerous area, and Smith, who forced the turnover, is allowed the space to tee up Stanislas, but the winger can't find the target as Cahill makes the block. 
Hazard turns provider this time, freeing Willian down the flanks, and the Brazilian hoists in a cross that is begging to be hit - but none of his teammates are in a position to accept that invitation.
Chelsea have begun this match with a lot of energy, keeping a hold of possession and forcing Bournemouth to do some early defending. It's clear that the Blues are looking to get an early goal on the board. 
Early opening for the home side as Hazard sneaks in behind a late-to-react backline, but Boruc is in position to thwart his attempt. To be fair, it was a stop you would expect the keeper to make. 
Off we go!
Adam Smith has been handed a start by Edward Howe, replacing the experienced Sylvain Distin in defence. Artur Boruc is also passed fit to start, meaning that Ryan Allsop and the hastily recalled Jordan Holmes are not needed to mind the net. 
For the first time in three months, Thibaut Courtois takes his place between the sticks for Chelsea after a long lay-off following surgery. Diego Costa is also benched again as Eden Hazard will lead the line in a free-roaming role. Baba Rahman also replaces Cesar Azpilicueta at full-back. 
Bournemouth subs: Rantie, Kermorgant, Allsop, Murray, O'Kane, Butcher, Cargill. 
Bournemouth (4-1-4-1): Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Surman; Ritchie, Gosling, Arter, Stanislas; King.
Chelsea subs: Begovic, Mikel, Traore, Remy, Costa, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek. 
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard. 
Chelsea have won their last three games against Bournemouth without conceding and are unbeaten in their last 43 home games agains newly promoted teams. However, the Cherries have been victorious in four of their last five trips to face London-based opponents. 
Bournemouth haven't won a match since September, and are in 18th place, but will take some confidence from their gripping 3-3 draw with Everton last time out. They were 2-0 down, but scored twice in the last 10 minutes to draw level. Ross Barkley struck in injury time to put the Toffees back in front, but a 98th-minute goal by Junior Stanislas rescued the most dramatic of points. 
Chelsea have been far from perfect this season, but recent games have begun to restore a little confidence in the side. Two wins, one draw and three clean sheets in their last three matches has lifted some of the gloom around the Bridge. However, even with a win here and other results going in their favour, the Blues cannot move higher than 13th place by the end of the weekend, one spot above their current position. 
Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Bournemouth. The relegation strugglers visit the stuttering defending champs with only five points between them in the table. Stick with us for all the action. 
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