Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England
17′ Smith (OG)
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FT: The result means that Chelsea remain top of the league and now move onto 75 points while Bournemouth remain in 15th on 35 points.
FT: The hosts didn’t create many chances in the second-half but they did go close when Fraser’s effort from-range flew inches wide but Chelsea were always comfortable.
FT: The visitors had to withstand some pressure from the Cherries in the second-half but were comfortable and clinched the victory with a fine freekick from Alonso. They had a number of good chances to wrap the game up, first Costa failed to connect with a dangerous cross from Alonso before the latter curled home from a freekick. Moses then forced a fine save from Boruc before Costa’s tame effort produced a comfortable save from Boruc.
FT: So Chelsea put the tie to bed to remain seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+1′ Play resumes.
90’+1′ Final Chelsea change sees Kurt Zouma replace Moses.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
90′ Gradel is booked for a late foul on Azpilicueta.
90′ The ball is put out of play as Willian is down with an injury.
87′ Second Chelsea change sees Willian replace Pedro.
84′ Chance!! Costa exchanges passes with Pedro before firing an effort that Boruc saves comfortably.
83′ Final Bournemouth change sees Max Gradel replace Fraser.
83′ First Chelsea change sees Cesc Fàbregas replace Hazard.
79′ Chance!! Moses beats Wilshere before firing a powerful effort that Boruc does well to palm away.
79′ Fraser’s delivery is initially cleared before Costa wins a freekick after a foul from Daniels.
78′ Alonso concedes a corner.
76′ Second Bournemouth change sees Afobe replaced by Lys Mousset.
75′ King drags an effort wide from-range.
74′ The corner is taken short but the visitors deal with the threat.
74′ Afobe wins a corner.
73′ Pedro is booked for a late foul on Arter.
70′ First Bournemouth change sees Pugh replaced by Jordan Ibe.
70′ The delivery is cleared.
69′ Moses surges forward before winning a corner.
68′ Goal!! Alonso curls the freekick wonderfully over the wall and into the top-corner.
66′ Costa wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Cook.
64′ Fraser wins a freekick after a foul from Cahill.
58′ The freekick is worked to Francis, whose effort deflects into the path of King, but Courtois claims the loose ball although the Bournemouth striker was in an offside position.
56′ King wins a freekick after a foul from Kanté, who receives a yellow card.
55′ Chance!! Alonso sends a dangerous delivery towards Costa, but he swings a foot at the ball and misses it.
53′ Close!! Hazard sends a teasing delivery across the face of goal towards Costa, but it just evades the striker.
49′ Close!! Pugh tees up Fraser, who fires an effort from-range that flies inches wide.
48′ Alonso get the better of Smith and has Costa in support but his low delivery across the face of goal is tame and Boruc claims.
45′ Bournemouth get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Chelsea add to their tally and hold on or will Bournemouth come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Bournemouth will need to find the next goal if they are to get anything from this game. They’ve got into some great positions but haven’t made the most of them and will need to get better service to King and Afobe, who have proven to be a threat for the Chelsea defence. They must also be at their best defensively to prevent Chelsea from putting the tie to bed.
HT: Chelsea have been wasteful in truth given the number of chances they’ve created and could and possibly should have been out of sight at the break. The visitors will need to be more clinical in front of goal as they will not want to rue the missed opportunities against Bournemouth, who have produced a number of comebacks this season. Costa has been below-par thus far and will need to be sharper if he is to get the better of this well-drilled Bournemouth defence. Chelsea will need to be more alert in the second-half and be more disciplined defensively.
HT: The hosts have been unlucky and could have gone ahead themselves, in the first minute, had Luiz’s miscued clearance got the better of his own keeper but Courtois made a fine save. Fraser then fired an effort wide on the break before Afobe struck the post on the volley with the loose ball hitting Courtois and staying out. That was before King’s deflected effort before the break gave the Cherries hope.
HT: The visitors had looked comfortable for the majority of the half and created a number of good chances since taking a two-goal lead but they have been wasteful and a lapse in defence has given the hosts a lifeline. First Hazard headed wide on the slide before Costa’s deflected effort put Chelsea ahead. Hazard then doubled their lead soon after before Costa dragged an effort wide. Costa also fired wide via deflection before Pedro fired off-target after cutting-inside. Pedro then forced Boruc into a good save following a corner before Moses headed wide under-pressure.
HT: So Chelsea narrowly lead at the break.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ Fraser’s delivery is claimed by Courtois.
45’+1′ Fraser wins a freekick after a foul from Matić.
45′ Costa is caught offside.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
44′ Luiz wins a freekick.
42′ Goal!! King fires the ball home into the top-corner past Courtois via a deflection off Luiz.
37′ Arter is booked for a poor challenge on Costa.
37′ The freekick is cleared.
36′ Kanté is penalised for a foul.
35′ Close!! Hazard finds Moses with a cross but the Nigerian heads just wide with a diving-header under-pressure from Francis.
33′ Close!! The corner is pulled back to Pedro, whose powerful effort is saved well by Boruc.
32′ The corner is taken short before Hazard wins another corner.
32′ Chance!! Costa is played through by Pedro and fires an early-strike that deflects just wide off Francis.
30′ Pedro cuts-inside to fire an effort over the bar from-range.
28′ So close!! A dangerous delivery from Daniels is met by Afobe on the volley but his effort strikes the post before hitting Courtois and staying out.
26′ Chance!! Hazard pulls the ball back to Costa, who drags his effort wide of the target.
26′ Fraser’s freekick hits the wall.
25′ Wilshere wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Luiz.
20′ Goal!! Kanté wonderfully plays Hazard through on-goal with a fine cross-field pass and the Belgian rounds Boruc before firing the ball home.
17′ Goal!! Moses finds Costa on the edge of the area, the striker totally miscues his effort on the turn but the ball takes a fortuitous deflection off Smith and finds the back of the net.
15′ Chance!! Bournemouth break with Fraser fed by Wilshere and the winger surges forward before firing wide.
13′ Arter is penalised for a foul on Hazard.
10′ Chance!! A fine cross-field pass from Azpilicueta finds Hazard but the winger can only head the ball wide on the slide.
9′ Matić fires an effort harmlessly off-target after Alonso has an effort blocked.
7′ Moses is booked for handball.
5′ The corner is taken short but the visitors deal with the threat.
5′ Luiz concedes a corner.
4′ Kanté is penalised for a foul on Fraser.
1′ The corner comes to nothing as the ball had gone out before coming back into play.
1′ Close!! Luiz miscues a clearance from Fraser’s cross and Courtois is forced into a fine instinctive-save and palms the ball behind.
0′ Chelsea get the game underway.
A.F.C. Bournemouth: Artur Boruc (GK), Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook, Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Marc Pugh, Jack Wilshere, Harry Arter, Ryan Fraser, Joshua King, Benik Afobe
Chelsea F.C.: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Gary Cahill, David Luiz, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Nemanja Matić, N’Golo Kanté, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Diego Costa