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AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City Live Commentary, 13/12/2016

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1 - 0
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LEI
M. Pugh (34)
Vitality Stadium

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Marc Pugh's first-half strike was enough to help AFC Bournemouth climb up to eighth in the Premier League table. However, another defeat for Leicester means that the Foxes have set a new record for the lowest tally of points by defending champions from their opening eight away matches in the English top-flight this season.
FULL-TIME: AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1-0 LEICESTER CITY
90' + 5' There goes the final whistle and Bournemouth hold on for the victory!
90' + 4' Bournemouth are clinging on for dear life but manage to do so before Wilshere breaks and draws a foul from Hernandez just inside the Leicester half. That will bide the hosts some time and surely see them over the line.
T. Mings
C. Wilson
AFC Bournemouth
90' + 3' There is a slight break in play as Wilson receives attention from the medical team, who decide the striker cannot continue and he is replaced by Tyrone Mings.
90' + 1' WHAT A SAVE! Boruc may have just secured the three points for Bournemouth! Leicester apply pressure with Musa sending over a dangerous cross from the left. It reaches the far post where Vardy tees up Ulloa, but the Argentine's powerful strike is wonderfully kept out by the hosts' number one. That was a stop worthy of winning any game!
89' We are into the final 60 seconds at the Vitality Stadium. Can Leicester find an equaliser to prevent that unwanted record or will Bournemouth hold on to go eighth in the table?...
Luis Hernández
Yellow Card
Leicester City
87' Hernandez is the next Leicester player to go into the book for a rash challenge.
86' GREAT BLOCK! At the other end, a clever through ball releases Okazaki in the box. However, the substitute is denied by a fantastic block from a sliding Cook.
85' CLOSE! A strong sliding challenge from Wilshere turns defence into attack for Bournemouth. The ball eventually breaks kindly on the edge of the area for Pugh, whose curling effort goes just wide of the far corner.
W. Morgan
Yellow Card
Leicester City
83' Morgan has his name taken by the referee.
83' GOOD BLOCK! Mahrez comes to life on the edge of the area. The Algerian bursts into the box before his shot is blocked and deflected behind for a corner by Francis.
L. Ulloa
R. Huth
Leicester City
82' All of Ranieri's eggs are in one basket now as he introduces a fourth striker in Leonardo Ulloa for the final eight minutes. Huth is the man to make way.
80' Leicester just cannot find a way through here. Their latest attempt sees a free-kick whipped into the area by Fuchs, but Boruc is able to let the ball run behind for a goal-kick.
D. Gosling
J. King
AFC Bournemouth
79' A second change from the hosts sees King make way for Dan Gosling.
76' Okazaki looks to prevent his side from achieving that unwanted record with a powerful run from just inside the Bournemouth half. However, the Japanese can only send his eventual shot well wide of the target.
75' Nothing came of the corner and the seconds are ticking for Leicester, who will set the record for the lowest total of points by defending champions after their opening eight away games in the English top-flight should they go on to lose here.
A. Musa
M. Albrighton
Leicester City
74' Before they take it, though, Ranieri decides that will be Alrighton's last action of the match, as Ahmed Musa comes on in his place.
73' What can the champions do from here? They have a corner after Ake is forced to turn Alrighton's cross behind...
70' Mahrez has been fairly quiet by his standards today, but the Algerian tries to change that by having a go from the edge of the box. There is very little power in the attempt, though, and Boruc easily gathers.
C. Wilson
B. Afobe
AFC Bournemouth
68' Bournemouth make their first change as Callum Wilson comes on in place of Afobe.
67' Other than being blocked by Cook on the line, Vardy is yet to really test Boruc today. Prior to Saturday, he had scored just twice from 17 shots on goal in the Premier League this season. However, the England striker responded by netting a hat-trick from three attempts in the 4-2 win over Man City.
65' NO PENALTY! Ake appears to have got away with one, as he seemingly bundles Vardy to the floor in the area. However, once again, the referee is having none of it.
63' The free-kick comes to nothing but the visitors continue to pressure. Vardy's whipped ball into the box is met by King, whose looping header is just lacking the dip to drop under the crossbar.
61' At the other end, Leicester are awarded a free-kick after Francis is judged to have fouled Fuchs on the edge of the area following a dangerous counter from the Foxes. Mahrez is stood over the ball...
59' Bournemouth look very dangerous going forward, but are suddenly becoming very tentative whenever they reach the penalty area. The Cherries need to get the ball into the box as often as possible in search of the second goal.
57' Leicester have adopted a very direct approach today with the long throw being used as one of their most dangerous weapons. They look to work it to their advantage, but Fuchs' delivery has far too much power and goes behind for a goal-kick.
55' That was so close to a second goal for Bournemouth and what would have been an 18th in the last four Premier League games involving them.
52' SO CLOSE! Smith is whiskers away from doubling the lead for the hosts. He is found by Francis on the box and looks for the far corner, but sees the ball drift just wide of the target.
50' Back come the Foxes, who force a corner after a dangerous ball into the box is turned behind. However, the Cherries stay strong and stubborn to clear.
48' Bournemouth have started strongly in the second half. They have gone straight onto the attack and Leicester are immediately under pressure.
S. Okazaki
I. Slimani
Leicester City
46' Leicester have made a change at the break, with Slimani being replaced by Shinji Okazaki.
46' KICK-OFF! The referee blows his whistle and Leicester get the ball rolling once more.
The players are back on the pitch and the second half is imminent.
It is advantage Bournemouth at half-time and deservedly so. They have dominated proceedings and, while Leicester did grow into the half, there is plenty of work to be done after the break.
HALF-TIME: AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1-0 LEICESTER CITY
45' + 2' They will go in behind as Mr Tierney blows for half-time.
45' There will be one minute of stoppage time at the end of this first half. Can Leicester find the equaliser before the break?
43' You feel that Leicester are slowly growing into this game as the first half draws to a close. Another dangerous ball into the box is gathered by Boruc on this occasion as Slimani is waiting to pounce.
40' Cook has made the most clearances in the Premier League this season, as well as boasting completing the most with his head. The centre-half is on hand to add to that tally, as he turns a dangerous Hernandez cross behind for a corner with Vardy lurking.
38' Leicester are looking to make a quick response to falling behind. They are lacking any real creativity at the moment, though, despite having the likes of Mahrez on the pitch.
A. King
Yellow Card
Leicester City
36' King receives the first yellow card of the game for bundling over Pugh, who was threatening to race away on the counter-attack.
M. Pugh
Goal
AFC Bournemouth
34' PUGH GIVES BOURNEMOUTH THE LEAD!!! And, on the balance of play, it is very much deserved! Francis releases Smith in behind the defence with a clever through ball. The winger pulls it back for Afobe, whose shot is beaten away by Zieler, but the keeper is powerless to deny Pugh's powerful follow-up strike. The hosts hit the front with just over 10 minutes of the first half remaining.
33' No is the answer. The throw-in causes confusion in the box before Huth's shot is deflected behind for a corner. However, the hosts deal with the delivery fairly comfortably.
31' Bournemouth are pegged back inside their own area as they prepare to face a long throw into the box. Can Leicester make the most of this spell of dominance?...
29' NO PENALTY! Ake goes down following a tangle with Hernandez as he looks to attack Arter's corner. However, the referee remains unmoved on this occasion.
27' It is probably the first time all game that Leicester have managed to enjoy a lengthy spell of possession. Ranieri will encourage his players to establish more of a foothold in the contest.
24' With Kasper Schmeichel nearing a return from a broken hand, you feel that will not have done Zieler's chances of retaining the number one jersey any good whatsoever. Although, he did get away with it.
22' NERVY! Within seconds, Zieler is almost the victim of his own downfall! He kicks his clearance straight into the back of Afobe, who he just beats in a race to the ball to put it out for a throw-in. However, the striker quickly retrieves the ball and throws to Pugh, who can only send his rushed shot way over the bar.
21' GOOD PLAY! A clever ball down the left flank finds Daniels in acres of space. His cross is only cleared as far as Arter, who finds Wilshere on the edge of the 'D'. The England midfielder tries his luck with a well-struck effort that is held by an alert Zieler.
19' Daniels leads the Bournemouth charge by cutting inside from left-back towards the edge of the penalty area. A clever ball finds Francis on the opposite flank, but the skipper's cross is a poor one and cleared by the Foxes.
17' Possession is frequently changing hands at the moment. Bournemouth are struggling to string a few passes together, while Leicester are opting for the long ball but to no avail.
15' The hosts have had over three-quarters of the possession so far, but will be keen to make it count by turning their dominance into breaking the deadlock.
13' Each meeting between the sides ended in a draw during the 2015/16 season, but both will be eager to make it third time lucky here. So far, Bournemouth have started the brighter but Leicester look dangerous on the counter.
11' Although they were denied the lead, that counter will have given Leicester plenty of confidence to build on. That was exactly the kind of football that was so instrumental in their fairy-tale title success last season.
9' STAT ATTACK! That was excellent last-ditch defending by Cook. Prior to this match, only Michael Keane, Curtis Davies and Ben Mee had made more blocks than him during this Premier League season.
7' GOOD BLOCK! Despite being on the back foot in the early stages here, Leicester almost snatch the lead on the counter-attack. Slimani feeds Mahrez, who slides a through ball for Vardy to run onto. The England man rounds Boruc but a sliding Cook is in the right place at the right time to deflect the shot behind for a corner.
5' It has been all Bournemouth so far after the opening five minutes at the Vitality Stadium. Leicester are pegged back deep inside their own half.
3' The hosts go onto the attack almost immediately and a fierce ball into the box flashes across the face of the Leicester goal.
1' KICK-OFF! Paul Tierney is our referee today. He blows his whistle and the match is underway.
HERE THEY COME! The players are making their way out onto the field and kick-off is just moments away...
LEICESTER CITY SUBS: Hamer, Chilwell, Musa, Okazaki, Gray, Ulloa, Mendy.
LEICESTER CITY (4-4-2): Zieler; Hernandez, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, King, Amartey, Albrighton; Vardy, Slimani.
Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri marks his 200th Premier League match as a manager by making just one change to the Leicester side that were 4-2 winners over Manchester City at the weekend. It is an enforced one, too, with Luis Hernandez coming in for the suspended Danny Simpson at right-back. Danny Drinkwater has been left out of the squad despite being available to return after completing his three-match ban.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH SUBS: Federici, Gosling, Gradel, C. Wilson, B. Smith, Mings, Ibe.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH (4-2-3-1): Boruc; Francis, S. Cook, Ake, Daniels; Arter, Wilshere; A. Smith, King, Pugh; Afobe.
Eddie Howe has made three changes to the side that were beaten 3-2 at former club, Burnley, on Saturday. Jack Wilshere starts alongside Harry Arter in the holding role with Dan Gosling making way, and Josh King and Marc Pugh replace Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson in the triumvant behind lone striker Benik Afobe. Andrew Surman and Junior Stanislas remain sidelined, while Lewis Cook is a long-term casualty.
Bournemouth could move up to seventh in the table by claiming three points here. However, you have to go back to March 1989 for the last time they tasted victory in the league over Leicester, who are aiming to win back-to-back games in the top-flight for the first time since April.
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