Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth: Murray leads smash-and-grab at Stamford Bridge
Glenn Murray scored 99 seconds after entering the game to lead Bournemouth to a surprising 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.
It was the first meeting between the clubs in more than 21 years, and Murray’s conversion was ruled just-onside to hand the Blues their eighth loss of the season.
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Chelsea was dominant, but is in 14th place with 15 points. Bournemouth leaps out of the relegation zone with 13 points, pushing Sunderland back into 18th. What a win for Eddie Howe’s bunch.
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Eden Hazard nearly scored within 90 seconds of kickoff, but Artur Boruc rose to make the save. And Chelsea was powerful to start the match, though they couldn’t find finish.
Yet a poor bit of passing and a hesitant track back from Hazard almost allowed Junior Stanislas to score, and Joshua King had a solid chance moments later. The difference was Thibaut Courtois, strong early in his return.
Hazard was lively for the second-straight week, his hard strike denied by Boruc in the 35th minute. And the Cherries’ keeper then got horizontal to stop a curling Pedro shot in the 41st minute.[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]
43 - Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 43 home league games against newly-promoted teams (W37 D6). Powerhouse.
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The introduction of Diego Costa at halftime took something away from Chelsea’s attack for a brief period of time, but the Blues again found their flow for the final half-hour.
Jose Mourinho’s charges had plenty of chances. A wayward cross from Branislav Ivanovic wasted a good run from Costa. Then a gorgeous low cross from Ivanovic was missed by a trio of onrushing Blues. Chances!
The Cherries arguably had just once chance in the game’s final half hour, but newly-entered sub Murray made it count. The 32-year-old nodded in a questionably-onside chance to give Bournemouth a chance at its biggest Premier League result.
And Matt Ritchie almost belted the Cherries into a 2-0 moments later.