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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Conte's sorry Blues get Cherry-picked

Chelsea 0 Bournemouth 3

Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake celebrates scoring their third goal with Jordon Ibe at Stamford Bridge last night. Photo: Reuters
Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake celebrates scoring their third goal with Jordon Ibe at Stamford Bridge last night. Photo: Reuters

Bournemouth scored three goals in 16 remarkable second-half minutes to record a sensational 3-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night.

Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the visitors shortly after the interval before Junior Stanislas doubled their lead with 64 minutes on the clock.

Former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake then netted a third moments later to stun Antonio Conte's toothless side on a night to forget for the Premier League champions.

With Alvaro Morata injured, Michy Batshuayi moving on loan to Borussia Dortmund and new signing Olivier Giroud here in west London but unavailable, Eden Hazard was tasked with leading the Chelsea line as Ross Barkley, making his first start for the club, slotted in behind.

Thibaut Courtois was back in goal for Chelsea following a four-game absence, and, perhaps ominously, it was the Belgium international who was the busiest of the two goalkeepers in the opening exchanges.

Chelsea enjoyed a short burst of pressure, with Asmir Begovic called upon to deal with Barkley's deflected effort, while Hazard then appeared to be through on goal only for Steve Cook to expertly dispossess the Belgian with a well-timed sliding challenge.

A clearly disgruntled Conte would have demanded much more from his side at the interval, only to witness an extraordinary collapse.  With 51 minutes on the clock, a dithering Tiemoue Bakayoko was caught in possession.

Wilson latched on to the loose ball, played a neat one-two with Jordan Ibe, before coolly slotting past an on-rushing Courtois to give the visitors the lead.  Dramatically, it was to get even better for Eddie Howe's team.

First, Wilson played the ball through to Stanislas who poked the ball through Courtois' legs after 64 minutes.

Then, just three minutes later, the Cherries were in dreamland as Ake beat the offside trap to score against his former employers.

Chelsea failed to deal with a corner, and Stanislas' shot-cum-cross was converted by an unmarked Ake from six yards.

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