Bournemouth fell to their first defeat of the season losing to Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. A spirited performance from the South Coast outfit wasn’t enough for them to get a point despite it looking like a possibility going into the final twenty.
The first half was rather uneventful with both sides looking to gain a foothold in the game. With a couple of chances for both sides the only events of note with Callum Wilson firing over from close range for the Cherries while Marcos Alonso hit the post for the hosts, who controlled the possession for the majority of the first half.
The second half started in more vigorous fashion with both sides starting with more attacking intent. Bournemouth came close to taking the lead with ex-Blue Nathan Ake missing a golden chance in the 57th minute. After this missed opportunity the Bournemouth goal was being bombarded with Chelsea pressure and eventually paid off when Pedro fired home from just outside the box. The Blues secured the win when Eden Hazard ran through and doubled Chelsea’s lead. A fourth win out of four for the London outfit while The Cherries unbeaten run came to an end.
Until the first goal I do think the game was in the balance.
We knew we were going to have limited opportunities to score. We did create the best moments in the game. Those one or two moments you do get, you’ve got to try to take.
MOTM – Eden Hazard
The Belgian winger caused The Cherries constant problems with his dynamic play and wizardry down the Chelsea left hand side. He topped off an impressive performance with the Blues 2nd goal.
Chelsea – Kepa Arrizabalaga,6; Cesar Azpilicueta,7, David Luiz,6, Antonio Rudiger,7, Marcos Alonso,7; N’Golo Kante,6, Jorginho,7, Mateo Kovacic,6(79); Willian,5(65), Alvaro Morata,5(61), Eden Hazard,8⭐️
Substitutes – Olivier Giroud,7(61), Pedro,7(65), Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 6(79)
Goals – Pedro (72), Hazard (85)
Yellow Cards – Alonso, Kante
Bournemouth – Asmir Begovic,6; Adam Smith,6(80), Simon Francis,7, Steve Cook,7, Nathan Ake,7, Diego Rico,6; Dan Gosling,6, Jefferson Lerma,6(88); Josh King,6(80), Callum Wilson,6, Ryan Fraser,6
Substitutes – Jordon Ibe(80), Lys Mousset(80), Lewis Cook(88)
Yellow Cards – Gosling, Lerma
Up next for The Cherries is the visit of Leicester as for Chelsea they welcome newly promoted Cardiff to the capital.