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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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Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough: 10-man Boro look relegation-bound

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  • Boro goes down two goals
  • Then goes down a man
  • Pugh shines for Cherries

Gaston Ramirez took a pair of yellows — one for diving — and Middlesbrough conceded twice. That was just the first 20 minutes of what could prove to be the decisive match of Boro’s relegation fate.

Joshua King and Benik Afobe scored for the Cherries in the first 20 minutes, and Man of the Match candidate Marc Pugh added a goal and an assist. Charlie Daniels also netted for Bournemouth, which is seven points clear of the drop.

Boro is nine points back of Hull City with five to play.

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It took Bournemouth less than 90 seconds to breach the Boro goal, as Marc Pugh took the final bit of good-looking passing on the left flank and cut the ball to the middle of the six for his 14th goal of the season.

Gaston Ramirez was shown a yellow card for diving in the box, a clear-cut and terrible embellishment made somewhat amusing by his demands for a trainer and a few minutes of delay in the game.

It was 2-0 just before the clock hit 16:00, as Boro’s Adam Clayton elected to take a touch of a back pass just outside the 18. Harry Arter poked that touch to Afobe, who beat Brad Guzan.

Pugh then dove after Ramirez’s foolish sliding challenge, and Boro was down to 10 men after 20 minutes.

Boro was hamstrung, but not out. Alvaro Negredo had stung a volley at Artur Boruc, and Marten De Roon forced the game’s first corner with a torrid shot near the half-hour mark.

Tricky work from Afobe cued Ryan Fraser up for a shot that missed the frame in the 52nd minute as Bournemouth buzzed toward a third goal.

Pugh then punished Boro with a 65th minute rip from the left that had Guzan flailing at air. Charlie Daniels added a fourth five minutes later.

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Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City: Boruc late heroics save win

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  • Pugh nets rebound
  • Boruc saves four
  • Cherries up to eighth

Artur Boruc made several key saves as Bournemouth rose to eighth in the Premier League win a 1-0 win over Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

Marc Pugh had the goal for the Cherries, who stayed stout in defense against a Leicester side that scored four against Man City this weekend.

Leicester remains 14th, with 16 points.

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The Cherries continue to hum, and Marc Pugh was in the catbird seat when Benik Afobe‘s fine chance was parried by Ron-Robert Zeiler.

That was one of the few inspiring moments of the half, though Leicester came out of the break invigorated and began to pressure the Bournemouth back line.

Jamie Vardy cued up Andy King for a header, but the cross had a ton of pace and headed over the frame. It remained 1-0 in the 63rd minute.

Leicester won 11 corners to Bournemouth’s four, the 11th coming in the 86th minute when Shinji Okazaki nearly buried a back pass error from the Cherries.

Leicester came so close to equalizing through Leonardo Ulloa as stoppage time bean, but Artur Boruc got low to save the close-range blast.

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Bournemouth: Afobe has Cherries pretty in pink

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  • 5 defeats in a row for Palace
  • Afobe nets winner
  • Cherries up to 15th

Benik Afobe keeps on rolling, as goals from the new Cherries man and Marc Pugh helped Bournemouth to a 2-1 comeback win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

Scott Dann scored for Palace, losers of five in-a-row. The Eagles sit 11th with 31 points, and 15th place Bournemouth is now within three points of Palace.

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Dann pushed the match open before halftime, when he was in prime position to deposit a great cross from Wilfried Zaha.

The Cherries equalized through Pugh, who cut one way and then the other inside the Palace box to make it 1-1 in the 34th minute.

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Then Benik Afobe continued his remarkable run, heading home for his third goal in as many games.

The 22-year-old failed to make a single appearance for the Gunners during five years as Arsenal property, but has netted thrice already since joining from Wolverhampton earlier this transfer window.

Bournemouth announces capture of in-demand striker Afobe

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Bournemouth won its FA Cup tie against Birmingham City, then announced big time reinforcements for its Premier League season.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe says the club has reached a deal to sign highly-touted Wolves striker Benik Afobe. The deal is expected to be another club record buy.

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The 22-year-old Englishman — 23 in February — spent his youth career at Arsenal, going on loan to six sides before being purchased by Wolverhampton in 2015. Since then, he’s scored 22 goals in 43 Championship appearances.

From AFCB.co.uk:

“There are still hurdles for us to overcome but we’re hopeful it will be concluded in time for Tuesday night.
“He’ll bring pace, strength, and hopefully goals. He’s also a good player technically and we’ll be excited to see him in a Bournemouth shirt if the deal gets completed.”
The Cherries host West Ham and Norwich City before a visit to Sunderland, so Afobe could help them pick up some critical points.