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Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth: Cook wins it in stoppage

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  • Cherries ride strong second half
  • Newcastle wasteful in first
  • Cook nets first of year

Steve Cook‘s stoppage time goal gave Bournemouth a deserved win over Newcastle United at St. James Park on Saturday.

Bournemouth’s win pushed Swansea into the drop zone, and lifts the Cherries out on 10 points. The Magpies drop bottom half with 14.

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Newcastle started well, but a Jonjo Shelvey giveaway sprung Bournemouth into the Magpies third for an early corner kick.

Matt Ritchie laced a left-footed shot that Asmir Begovic pushed wide of the far post in the sixth minute. And Dwight Gayle, getting a rare start, headed Ritchie’s 13th minute cross off a defender and out for a corner.

Begovic stopped Christian Atsu soon after, as the Magpies kept knocking. That’s when Ritchie cranked a shot off the post and Gayle’s rebound goal was deemed offside. It was razor thin if off.

Joselu missed Newcastle’s next chance, after an uncharacteristic turnover from Andrew Surman. It remained scoreless in the 29th minute.

Bournemouth turned the tide for a five-minute span, and Rob Elliot made a pair of strong saves including a remarkable stop on Joshua King.

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Begovic was just a busy after the break, palming over a header from Joselu off a Newcastle corner.

The Cherries should have taken the lead when Callum Wilson found himself alone with Elliot, but he hammered his shot wide.

Bournemouth was very much in the match, and Marc Pugh got away from DeAndre Yedlin to force Elliot into a leaping collection in the 62nd.

Yedlin had a penalty shout at the other end, but Paul Tierney was rightly unmoved. Ciaran Clark then headed a Shelvey corner over the bar.

Pugh cut Yedlin again and beat Elliot only to be denied by Clark and the goal post. Elliot then denied substitute and noted Newcastle killer Jermain Defoe in stoppage time.

Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea: Hazard makes the difference

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  • Blues with back-to-back Ws
  • Cherries remain 19th
  • Hazard scores lone goal

Eden Hazard‘s second half goal was enough to earn Chelsea all three points in a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

It was the first Premier League goal of the season for Hazard, who has scored twice in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea moves back atop Arsenal for fourth in the PL, a point back of Tottenham.

Bournemouth remains 19th with seven points.

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Alvaro Morata tapped in a rebound from Cesar Azpilicueta, but the defender was ruled offside before Asmir Begovic made the initial stop.

Begovic haunted his former mates deep into the first half, including a spectacular leg stop on Alvaro Morata in the 34th minute.

Hazard broke the deadlock with a near post bullet beyond the reach of Begovic in the 51st minute. Morata collected an assist on the marker.

Jordon Ibe had a 57th minute chance, his belt taking a slight turn off Antonio Rudiger to rise over the bar.

Thibaut Courtois made a quality positional save on Steve Cook in the third minute of stoppage time to preserve the win.

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Chelsea signs Willy Caballero on free transfer

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Chelsea has completed its first summer signing, grabbing veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Manchester City on a free transfer.

Caballero served as a backup for most of his City career, playing second-fiddle first to Joe Hart and then to Claudio Bravo, but earned plenty of first-team action both in Cup action and also during stretches where each first-teamer was benched for poor performances. Overall, Caballero made 48 appearances for City since arriving from Malaga in 2014.

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With the presence of Bravo at City plus the arrival of Ederson to challenge the Chilean for his first-choice position, there was no place for Caballero at the Etihad.

The 35-year-old Argentinian will likely again serve as a backup at Chelsea, with Thibaut Courtois firmly entrenched in the first-team role. Last season Asmir Begovic backed up Courtois, but he was sold to Bournemouth this summer. Begovic only earned eight appearances for the Blues last season across all competitions, but that was skewed slightly due to the lack of European competition.

There were reports that Newcastle United was interested in bringing Caballero in to be their starting goalkeeper, including from Lee Ryder of Newcastle paper The Chronicle, but he has chosen to join the defending champions instead.

Chelsea has done most of its early business on the outgoing end this summer, netting nearly $82 million on the sale of players such as Nathan Ake, Juan Cuadrado, Bertrand Traore, and Begovic.

Solanke, Begovic leave Chelsea

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Two deals were wrapped up on Tuesday as Liverpool and Bournemouth both took players from Chelsea, with the deals officially going through on July 1.

Dominic Solanke, 19, swapped Stamford Bridge for Anfield as the talented English striker found it tough to break through at Chelsea with Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking order.

Solanke is currently away with England’s U-20 at the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea and will link up with Liverpool for preseason.

The powerful forward will provide competition for Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings at Anfield.

Solanke spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, scoring seven goals, but stayed at Chelsea in 2016-17.

The transfer fee for Solanke will be set at a tribunal where Chelsea will be handed compensation for developing the youngster in their academy.


Another player leaving Chelsea is Premier League champion Asmir Begovic.

The Bosnian goalkeeper arrived at Chelsea two summers ago from Stoke City but failed to usurp Thibaut Courtois as Chelsea’s number one (always a tall order) and he will now head back to the South Coast with Bournemouth.

A fee of $13 million has been agreed for Begovic with the Bosnian international completing the move on July 1.

Begovic, 29, previously starred for Portsmouth, where he had a brief loan stint at Bournemouth in 2007, before making his name at Stoke in the PL from 2010.

A great shot stopper, Begovic will fight with Artur Boruc for the starting spot at the Vitality Stadium, and in a weird quirk Begovic scored in the Premier League against Boruc back in the 2013-14 season.

Begovic made 33 appearances for Chelsea over the past two seasons, keeping 10 clean sheets.

Reports: Krul, Lopez could replace Begovic at Chelsea

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It may seem unimportant at first blush, but Chelsea’s backup goalkeeper situation may be in a state of flux right now.

That means the Blues’ very strong title hopes are only a Thibaut Courtois injury away from making it matter a whole bunch more.

Eddie Howe wants Chelsea No. 2 Asmir Begovic to head down south to join Bournemouth,  and the keeper seems interested in a move.

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Chelsea’s current No. 3 is Portuguese national teamer Eduardo. The Blues could wait to sell Begovic until summer, but The Express thinks the move is on.

AC Milan backup backstop Diego Lopez is in the frame for Chelsea, according to that report, but a more intriguing name is Newcastle ‘keep Tim Krul. The Dutchman is on loan with Ajax.

Either would be a fitting replacement for Begovic. Will Conte allow the change in the middle of a relatively-stable (Diego Costa aside) title run?