Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea
BOURNEMOUTH produced a storming second-half display to seal a stunning victory over Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium last night.
A Josh King double either side of a David Brooks effort and a late Charlie Daniels header secured an impressive win for the Cherries over the Blues, who gave Gonzalo Higuain his first Premier League start.
It had begun so very differently with the visitors dominating from the start and almost taking an early lead when Pedro lofted the ball into the area, where Mateo Kovacic’s far-post header was tipped onto the crossbar by Artur Boruc.
Bournemouth began to creep back into the game with two chances falling to Brooks. But the first was squandered by a poor touch, while a weak header at the back post saw the second hoovered up by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
A couple of smart saves from Boruc ensured the hosts remained on level terms while at the other end Arrizabalaga stood firm to keep out a Junior Stanislas effort.
Brooks (pictured) made amends for his earlier wastefulness with an assist for King to open the scoring two minutes after the break. The Welshman’s brilliant reverse pass found the striker, who buried the ball into the middle of the net.
King then returned the favour by setting up Brooks who showed great composure to step inside David Luiz to double the hosts’ advantage.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri replaced Higuain with Olivier Giroud but it was the hosts who were again celebrating as an unmarked King poked home the third. Substitute Daniels’ header then wrapped up a surprise victory in stoppage-time.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said: ‘Boruc made some world-class saves. We built on that and scored some wonderful goals. That has got to be up there [as one of my best results]. It was a big night for us.’
■ 12 — Months ago today Bournemouth won 3-0 at Chelsea with Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake netting