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AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea Live Commentary, 29/02/2020

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2 - 2
BOU
CHE
J. Lerma (54)
J. King (57)
Marcos Alonso (33)
Marcos Alonso (85)
Vitality Stadium

Commentary

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Bournemouth are next in action in the Premier League against Liverpool on the road next Saturday, while Chelsea play Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup during the week at Stamford Bridge.
Bournemouth and Chelsea played out an entertaining 2-2 draw this afternoon in their Premier League clash at the Vitality Stadium. Marcos Alonso put the Blues ahead, but the Cherries battled back to take lead early in the second half through goals from Jefferson Lerma and Josh King. However, Alonso saved a point for Frank Lampard's men with a headed finish from close range.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 2-2 CHELSEA
90' + 5' Stacey is cool under pressure in his own box to dribble the ball away from Mount and clear his lines.
90' + 2' ALONSO SHOULD HAVE A HAT-TRICK! Azpilicueta clips a cross towards the back post for the defender to head at goal. He has a free header, only to direct his effort wide of the right post.
90' + 1' WIDE! Alonso does brilliantly down the left flank as skips past one challenge and then pokes the ball away from Gosling. Barkley latches on to his pass and goes for goal on his left foot, but he scuffs his effort wide of the post.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
89' Pedro almost releases Batshuayi through on goal, but Ramsdale gets there ahead of the forward. The Bournemouth keeper pays the price as he may have clipped in the face by the Belgian in the process.
C. Wilson
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
88' Wilson goes into the book for the home side.
87' The Cherries pay the price for a passive attitude. They were never able to break out from the back and the pressure from the Blues broke them down in the end.
Marcos Alonso
Goal
Chelsea
85' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! ALONSO DOES IT AGAIN!!!!! 2-2!!!!! Chelsea are back in the game as Alonso heads home from close range. Pedro collects an offload on the edge of the box and shoots with power at goal. Ramsdale produces a fine stop, but the ball drifts in the direction of Alonso. The Spaniard powers his header towards the net and bursts through the right hand of the Bournemouth keeper into the net. It had been coming, and a big five minutes awaits the home side now.
85' Alonso sends a strike towards goal on the half-volley, but Batshuayi of all people heads it away from goal. However, Chelsea retain possession.
83' WIDE! Christensen nods down a corner towards Azpilicueta for the Spaniard to strike from six yards, but he angles his effort away from goal.
82' SAVE! Ramsdale somehow manages to divert the ball wide of the post after Mount sends a dangerous cross in from the left that evades Batshuayi.
D. Gosling
L. Cook
AFC Bournemouth
81' Gosling replaces Cook for the home side.
80' Bournemouth cannot find an out ball to ease the pressure. It's all one-way traffic at the moment.
78' James' corner almost falls for Pedro in the box, but under pressure from Cook he cannot force a strike towards goal. The ball is bundled behind for another Chelsea corner.
78' James surges down the right flank and sends a low ball into the midde that Smith has to divert behind for a corner.
76' Alonso lines up a shot from distance that gets deflected behind for a corner. The visitors are upping the ante.
75' BLOCK! Chelsea probe on the edge of the box before Barkley creates room for a strike. His effort appears to be heading towards goal before Ake sticks his head out and diverts it just past the left post.
73' DISALLOWED GOAL! Batshuayi puts the ball in the back of the net with a fine finish on his left foot, the flag goes up against the Belgian for offside. He was well beyond Ake after collecting Alonso's pass.
M. Batshuayi
O. Giroud
Chelsea
72' Batshuayi replaces Giroud up front for the visitors.
A. Christensen
Yellow Card
Chelsea
71' Christensen brings down Wilson with a cynical challenge and he goes into the book.
70' Barkley twists and turns to open up space for a strike, but his effort strikes Giroud and allows Smith to clear from the Bournemouth box.
J. Stanislas
J. King
AFC Bournemouth
68' Stanislas replaces King in the final third for the home side.
66' WIDE! Chelsea work the ball down the right flank and James sends a cross towards the near post. Giroud gets ahead of Ake, but he glances his header wide of the right post.
Willian
F. Tomori
Chelsea
64' Tomori is withdrawn for the visitors and is replaced by Willian.
R. Barkley
Jorginho
Chelsea
64' Jorginho makes way for Barkley in the middle of the park.
64' The home side keep the pressure on and Cook sends a cross into the middle, but Ake glances his headed effort well wide of the target.
63' CABALLERO DENIES WILSON! Fraser lifts a cross into the box from the right flank and Ake heads it down towards WIlson. He turns and shoots on the half-volley, only to see his strike blocked by the Chelsea keeper before the visitors clear the danger.
61' The Cherries have been a team transformed in the second half. They're taking the game to the visitors and have been rewarded for their positive intent.
A. Smith
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
59' Smith brings down James from behind and he goes into the book.
J. Stacey
Assist
AFC Bournemouth
57' Stacey makes a good forward run and he collects Billing's pass before teeing up King to score.
J. King
Goal
AFC Bournemouth
57' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! KING CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!! 2-1 BOURNEMOUTH!!!! The home side complete a second-half comeback to take the lead. Billing releases Stacey down the right flank and he rolls a low ball across the face of goal. Wilson fails to score, but King is right behind him and sends it into the net. What a turnaround from the hosts.
R. Fraser
Assist
AFC Bournemouth
54' Fraser sends a pinpoint cross towards the near post for Lerma to score.
J. Lerma
Goal
AFC Bournemouth
54' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! LERMA EQUALISES!!! 1-1!! Bournemouth are back in the game courtesy of a headed effort from Lerma. Fraser swings a corner from the right into a dangerous area at the near post. Lerma rises above Kovacic to power his effort towards the net. Caballero gets two hands to it, but he cannot keep it out. Game on.
53' Alonso covers his back post to head behind under pressure from Billing. Bournemouth have a corner on the right flank.
51' Stacey has to be alert at the other end to stop a fine low ball from James reaching Alonso at the back post. He diverts the ball over his own bar for a corner.
50' OVER! Stacey latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box, but he sends his effort over the bar.
49' Fraser and Wilson try to combine down the right flank, but the striker moves too soon and is caught offside.
47' CHANCE! Giroud has to score! Kovacic releases Alonso in acres of space down the left flank. The Spaniard sends a dangerous low cross into the box that Giroud strikes first time towards goal, but he places his effort wide of the left post.
46' We're back underway at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth made a good start to the game, but were driven back by the Blues and the goal was coming due to Chelsea's dominance of possession. Eddie Howe needs to get his side into the contest in the second half by any means possible.
Chelsea hold a 1-0 lead at the break in their Premier League clash against Bournemouth. Marcos Alonso put the Blues ahead with a fine finish from close range after Olivier Giroud struck the bar. The Cherries had good chances in the early stages, but Philip Billing and Callum Wilson were denied by Willy Caballero before the Blues took control of the contest.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 CHELSEA
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' Jorginho looks for the run of Mount over the top, but the ball just evades the run of the winger.
43' Bournemouth have not been able to break out of their own half since the early stages of the game. Howe looks concerned on the sideline.
41' SAVE! Chelsea work the corner short before James lines up a strike from 25 yards. He sends it low towards the bottom-right corner, but Ramsdale gets down to push it away.
40' Pedro angles in a threatening delivery from the right flank, but Stacey is there to head behind under pressure from Alonso.
38' The visitors are moving the ball around the pitch with ease at the moment. The Cherries have been too passive in their approach.
36' Alonso connects with James' corner from the right flank, but Cook acts ahead of Azpilicueta at the back post to clear the danger.
35' Billing has to be alert in the box to divert Pedro's cross from the right out for a corner following good work from James.
Marcos Alonso
Goal
Chelsea
33' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!! ALONSO HAMMERS HOME!!!! 1-0 CHELSEA!! The Blues take the lead as Alonso converts at the back post. James plays a one-two with Jorginho down the right flank to open up space for a cross. Giroud gets ahead of Ake at the near post, but his strike clatters off the bar. The ball bounces out into the left inside channel where Alonso gets over it and sends a rocket into the top-right corner.
31' Bournemouth fail to clear their lines from a Chelsea attack. Mount seizes on a loose ball, only to fire a tame effort straight at Ramsdale.
30' Alonso and Pedro combine down the left flank, but Billing is in the right place to cut out the former's cross into the box.
28' Chelsea are taking control of the game, but have not threatened Ramsdale outside of their efforts from distance.
27' Kovacic slides to stop Wilson breaking up field and he wins possession. The home fans are not happy with the referee for not awarding a foul.
25' Mount lines up a drive from the edge of the box that almost falls for Giroud, but the power of the strike catches the forward by surprise and it deflects away off his heel.
24' James surges down the right flank and looks for an early cross into the box, but Ake is well placed to clear the danger.
21' Ake tussles with Azpilicueta from the resulting corner from Fraser. However, the Dutchman pulls down the Chelsea man in the box and a free-kick is awarded to the visitors.
21' Stacey raids down the right flank and goes for cross from the byline that is diverted behind by Alonso.
19' Tomori is well placed to break up an attack down the right from the hosts led by Wilson.
Jorginho
Yellow Card
Chelsea
17' Jorginho is booked for a poor challenge on Billing in the Bournemouth half.
16' James goes for a cross towards the near post. Giroud flicks it on, but there's no Chelsea player there in support of the Frenchman.
14' After their bright start to the contest, Bournemouth are sitting off the white shirts and dropping deep on to the edge of their own box.
12' Chelsea are trying to get their foot on the ball to calm the game down. Jorginho and Kovacic are active in the middle of the park.
10' It has been an all-action start to the contest, with both teams threatening the goal.
9' SAVE! Bournemouth cut the visitors open down the left flank and King fires a low cross into the box. Wilson takes a touch before directing an effort towards goal under pressure from Tomori, but Caballero makes a one-handed stop.
8' STOP! Mount connects with a dipping effort from the edge of the box and it takes an awkward bounce ahead of Ramsdale. However, the keeper does enough to palm it past the post.
7' BLOCK! Mount lifts a cross to the back post for Alonso, who goes for a quick strike, but his effort is diverted behind by Stacey.
5' WIDE! Billing closes down Tomori in the Chelsea box and from an angle he goes for goal, but he drills his effort into the sidenetting.
3' SAVE! Biling latches on to a cutback from Stacey in the box and he goes for goal, only to be denied by a fine save from Caballero.
1' We're underway at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth have won three of their last four Premier League meetings with Chelsea (L1), including the last two in a row. They’re looking to complete the league double over Chelsea for the very first time.
Chelsea have made two changes to their side that started against Bayern. Tomori replaces Rudiger in the back three, while Mount is on for Barkley in the final third. There's no Tammy Abraham as he aggravated his ankle injury during the warm down after the contest during the week.
Bournemouth have made four changes from their defeat to Burnley last time out. Ake, Lerma, Cook and Fraser come into the side. Harry Wilson, Francis and Gosling all drop to the bench, while Andrew Surman misses out altogether.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Ross Barkley, Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Michy Batshuayi, Billy Gilmour.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Willy Caballero; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Pedro, Olivier Giroud.
BOURNEMOUTH SUBS: Artur Boruc, Simon Francis, Dan Gosling, Dominic Solanke, Junior Stanislas, Diego Rico, Harry Wilson.
BOURNEMOUTH (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Jack Stacey, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Adam Smith; Lewis Cook, Jefferson Lerma, Philip Billing; Joshua King, Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser.
Chelsea were crushed during the week by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League, leaving their hopes of advancing slim to say the least. Frank Lampard needs a response from his team to keep them on course for the top four in the Premier League. Their form on the road has not been encouraging, failing to win their last three matches. The Blues have to be on their mettle this afternoon.
Bournemouth looked to be on the path towards survival last month by beating Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa in back-to-back matches. However, they've since lost to Sheffield United and Burnley in successive games to leave themselves only two points clear of the relegation zone. Eddie Howe's men have struggled for consistency, although they have started to find their form at home. Another victory is needed today against the Blues.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Bournemouth and Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium.