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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.

Premier League roundup: Bournemouth, Palace win on day of dramatic draws

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With six games on the slate across the Premier League on Saturday, there was plenty of late drama on tap.

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On a day where the “hot weather” in England forced drinks break and amusement among fans in the U.S., we had a first PL win for Bournemouth, plus Crystal Palace prevailed late on against Aston Villa. The other four matches ended in draws, as it was tight and tense across the PL.

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Below you will find recaps, reaction and videos from all the action, as well as full match replays by clicking on the link above.

Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

Don’t let the scoreline deceive you, this was a very good game at Old Trafford. United started well and Wayne Rooney had a goal controversially disallowed, but Newcastle United hit the bar in the first half via Aleksandar Mitrovic. In the second half United piled on the pressure and Javier Hernandez was denied by Tim Krul, then Newcastle new boy Florian Thauvin went close. Three clean sheets to start the season for United, as the Magpies dug in for a good point on the road.

West Ham United 3-4 BournemouthRECAP

What. A. Game. Bournemouth raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half through Callum Wilson, but then the Hammers fought back to make it 2-2 via a Mark Noble penalty kick and Kouyate’s cool finish. Marc Pugh then restored Bournemouth’s lead with a fine goal, then Wilson was given the chance to score his hat trick from the penalty spot after Carl Jenkinson had fouled in the box and was sent off. Wilson scored to make it 4-2 and although Modibo Maigi made it 4-3 late on, Eddie Howe’s side hung on after some hairy moments to secure their first-ever PL win.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston VillaRECAP

A slow burner in the sun at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace took the lead through Scott Dann’s header but an own goal leveled things up in south London. Late on new signing Bakary Sako curled home past Brad Guzan to send the Palace fans wild and make it two wins from three for the Eagles to start the season.

Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

An end-to-end encounter at the King Power Stadium which really burst into life at the death. Both teams traded plenty of chances but Spurs went ahead in the 80th minute when teenager Dele Alli scored his first PL goal after jumping off the bench. However moments later Leicester were level as Riyad Mahrez scored his fourth goal in three games to rescue a point. Brilliant entertainment.

Norwich City 1-1 Stoke CityRECAP

Another tight game at Carrow Road, as Norwich rallied from a goal down to grab a point. Mame Diouf gave Stoke the lead early on with a header, but Russell Martin scored his second in two games just before the half hour mark. Both teams pushed hard for the winner but went home happy with a point in a game which had a drinks break in each half as the sun beat down on Norfolk.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Bafetimbi Gomis and Jermain Defoe traded eerily similar goals in each half to share the spoils at the Stadium of Light. In a slow burner that really got going in the second half, Swansea hit the crossbar through Andre Ayew and Jeremain Lens had a goal disallowed for being offside but it finished 1-1 as the Black Cats got their first points of the season, while Swansea remain unbeaten.

West Ham United 3-4 Bournemouth: Wilson, Cherries labor for first Premier League win

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  • Cherries get hat trick from Callum Wilson
  • Each team converts a PK
  • Randolph continues to concede vs. Bournemouth
  • Cresswell, Jenkinson struggle at outside back

Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth Cherries have their first Premier League goals and win after a thrilling 4-3 win over hosts West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Callum Wilson scored thrice for the Cherries and Marc Pugh added a fourth in the match, while Cheikhou Kouyate, Modibo Maiga and Mark Noble netted for the Hammers.

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The Cherries took a lead in the 11th minute, when Aaron Cresswell was beaten on the right by Simon Francis, whose cross found Callum Wilson as the Bournemouth attacker stepped in front of stationary Winston Reid to hammer the ball home.

Wilson doubled the Cherries’ lead when Cresswell made an awful first touch back pass. The 23-year-old darted into the 18 to meet the loose ball and buried it to make 2-0.

It should’ve been 3-0 deep into first half stoppage time, when Wilson laid a square ball through the 18 to Gradel, but the Ivorian’s belted shot was parried by Darren Randolph.

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Noble converted a penalty just after halftime, as Josh King collided with the West Ham midfielder in the box. Noble went down fairly easily, and then took a class PK to make it 2-1.

The equalizer came from Kouyate, who first-touched a rebound into the side netting to level things in the 53rd minute.

Pugh restored Bournemouth’s lead when he cut back on a sliding Carl Jenkinson before unleashing a harsh curling ball around Randolph, who has now allowed 15 goals in his last three matches against the Cherries.

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Jenkinson then took a red card when he was turned around by Gradel, and had to grab a hold of him to thwart a breakaway.

Wilson buried the PK and it was 4-2, but only for a minute. Maiga walked into the box and wrong-footed Artur Boruc to make it a one-goal game.