Soccer

Soccer

Chelsea's struggles in the English Premier League continued Saturday when visiting Bournemouth took all three points at Stamford Bridge. 

Dan Gosling's winning goal in the 84th minute initially was kept out by an on-field offside ruling, but VAR overturned the call on the field. Jefferson Lerma headed the ball back into the Blues' box following a Chelsea clearance, and Gosling flicked his shot over Kepa with his back turned to the keeper. 

Gosling's goal was one of two shots on target the Cherries managed in London, but Chelsea struggled to break through their defense. Just five of Chelsea's 18 shots were on target, and Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale was up to the task each time. 

Ramsdale's 72nd-minute denial of Emerson Palmieri loomed large in Chelsea's fourth loss in five Premier League matches. 

Chelsea's grasp on fourth place -- and qualification for the UEFA Champions League -- shrunk once again Saturday. The Blues now lead Sheffield United by just four points, and that lead can fall to as few as two points depending upon the result of Sunday's Wolves-Tottenham Hotspur match. 

 

In fact, Chelsea travel to North London next week to face Tottenham and former manager José Mourinho. If Spurs win Sunday, Mourinho's new club can move into fourth place themselves if they beat his old one next week.