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Bournemouth stun Chelsea with second-half show at the Bridge Nathan Ake scored against his former side Chelsea as Bournemouth inflicted a 3-0 defeat on the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.


Bournemouth stun Chelsea with second-half show at the Bridge

Nathan Ake scored against his former side Chelsea as Bournemouth inflicted a 3-0 defeat on the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

After a dull and goalless first half, the Premier League clash sprung into life when Eddie Howe's side capitalised on Tiemoue Bakayoko losing possession in the 51st minute to see Callum Wilson drive his shot past the returning Thibaut Courtois.

Wilson then turned provider when he played a through-ball to Junior Stanislas, who poked past Courtois to double Bournemouth's advantage. 

Ake, who left Chelsea for the Cherries in search of regular playing time last summer, then added gloss to the score-line with his 67th-minute effort that moved Bournemouth three points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea, who had new signings Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri watching on from the dugout, missed the chance to move level on points with Manchester United, who lost to Tottenham over at Wembley.

Much of the focus and attention ahead of the game centred on Chelsea's transfer dealings after the Blues wrapped up the signing of full-back Emerson from Roma on Tuesday night with rumours then spreading about whether Giroud would join him as another of the west Londoners' new arrivals.


The France striker did just that after he put pen to paper on an 18-month contract a few hours before Chelsea's match against Bournemouth and then took his seat in the dugout at Stamford Bridge.

He signed too late to feature against the Cherries, which left Antonio Conte with a big problem up front following on from Michy Batshuayi's departure on loan to Borussia Dortmund and Alvaro Morata's continued back injury.

Eden Hazard was, therefore, deployed up front as a 'false No.9' but, without a recognised striker, Chelsea struggled to create any meaningful attacks in the first half.

Pedro did, in the 15th minute, fire over the cross-bar before Hazard failed to connect with Marcos Alonso's cross from the left. The Spaniard then sent a header wide of the far post as Jordon Ibe tested the returning Courtois with a fierce effort that the Belgian comfortably claimed.

While carving out chances was proving difficult for the hosts, they were then handed a blow when defender Andreas Christensen was forced off with an apparent hamstring injury. 

Chelsea had a glorious opportunity to open the scoring just after the break when Hazard won a Chelsea a free-kick just outside the area, but Alonso could only drive his effort over the bar. 

Despite Chelsea looking better in the second period, it was Bournemouth who deservedly took the lead in the 51st minute when Bakayoko lost the ball in midfield, which allowed Ibe to deliver a defence-splitting pass that found Wilson. 

The 25-year-old remained composed and slotted past Courtois, who had rushed out of his goal to try and deal with the danger. 

Howe's side then doubled their lead in the 64th minute when Wilson squared the ball to Stanislas, who poked his effort through Courtois' legs and into the back of the net.

The Chelsea goalkeeper has admitted before this match that he wanted to end the season as the Golden Glove winner, but his attempt to do that took a blow when Ake netted not long afterwards.

Stanislas was the creator of the visitors' third after his effort from the left took a deflection off Bakayoko and fell to an unmarked Ake, who simply tapped in from close range to put the game out of sight for Conte's men.

Chelsea were denied a penalty for a handball by Ake in the box but, even if the decision had gone the hosts' way, their overall poor performance meant they suffered a heavy loss in front of their own fans
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