Super-sub Murray Scores Late Winner For Bournemouth To Defeat Chelsea

Barclays Premier League

December 5th

Stamford Bridge, London, England

cfc 0-1 bournemouth

82′ Murray

Substitute Glenn Murray scored a late controversial winner to give the Cherries a historic victory over the Premier League Champions. It appeared he was marginally offside, but he was given the benefit of the doubt, to head the away side in-front late on, against the run-of-play.

The Blues side started well and almost took the lead within the first couple of minutes. Eden Hazard forced former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc into an early save.

The Cherries looked dangerous on the break and came close when Junior Stanislas found space, but his effort was charged down.

The away side were a clear threat on the counter-attack and very nearly took the lead. Stanislas again forcing Thibaut Courtois into a fine save. He had to be alert minutes later as Joshua King found space to strike at goal, but the Belgian did well to push it away at his near post.

The next real moment of action came in the 27th minute when Branislav Ivanovic found Pedro, but the Spaniard’s volley drifted over the bar.

A minute later and Bournemouth came close, after good play from the away side, Dan Gosling found space before firing over via a deflection. The resulting corner came to nothing.

In the 34th minute, Chelsea came close to finding the opener. Hazard cut-inside before curling an effort that Boruc did well to push away. A minute later and King found space down the other end and forced Courtois to make another save, with his feet at his near post.

King had another attempt on the home goal, but it was well over, following a set-piece.

Soon after, Pedro found space before testing Boruc in the visiting goal after his first effort was initially charged down. The Polish international did well to get down and tip it behind for a corner, that didn’t amount to anything.

The former Celtic man did well again minutes later, when Oscar was played though by Pedro, the Brazilian’s effort was straight at the keeper though, from a tight-angle.

The home side ended the first half well, although they had nothing on the scoresheet to reinforce that. Referee Mike Jones blew his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

During the interval, Diego Costa entered the frame and replaced Oscar for the hosts. The second half began with the away side dominating possession early on and Matt Richie fired the ball just over.

Minutes later and the Blues were finding a rhythm; Costa found his international teammate Pedro, but the latter’s effort was straightforward for Boruc.

On the stroke of the hour-mark, the home side thought they should have had a penalty. Costa’s attempted low cross was blocked by Simon Francis’ arm on the slide, but the referee was unmoved.

The home side were inches away from taking the lead. Ivanovic was in acres of space, and played a fine low-cross in the final third but Costa just couldn’t make any contact. A few minutes later, Fabregas picked out Costa, and the striker, on the stretch, forced Boruc into a save.

They came close again when Hazard found Nemanja Matic, but his first-time strike was wide. Minutes later, Glenn Murray replaced King for the away side.

He made an instant impact. Chelsea failed to clear a corner and Murray, who was marginally offside, was adjudged to be onside, to meet a lose ball to fire the Cherries in front against the run-of-play.

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Glenn Murray celebrates giving the Cherries a controversial lead against the Champions. Image from: Getty.

José Mourinho responded bringing on Bertrand Traore and Loïc Remy on for Baba Rahman and Fabregas.

The away side almost snatched another moments later. Matt Richie broke free before firing wide.

Late on in the game, and the visitors almost sealed the victory. Harry Arter fired wide via a deflection from Gary Cahill.

That was the last action of the game as the newly promoted Championship side defeated the Premier League Champions, thanks to a controversial winner by Glenn Murray.

The defeat for Chelsea meant that they remain in 14th place on 15 points. The victory for Bournemouth meant that they leapfrogged Sunderland into 17th place on 13 points.


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