Cape Town - A terrific second-half display by
Bournemouth saw them stun Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to
stretch their unbeaten run to six games.
The Blues started the game slowly as they
struggled to break down the Bournemouth defence. Eden Hazard tried to spark
something as he managed to get to right of the box before trying to find Ross
Barkley, who was waiting, but the cross was cleared before the midfielder could
get a touch.
In the 25th minute, Jordon Ibe tested Thibaut
Courtois as he managed to dart around the defence before releasing a good
effort, but the Belgian ‘keeper was up to the task and managed to collect it.
Just after the half-hour mark, a good
delivery from a Chelsea corner saw Gary Cahill rise to meet the cross, but his
powerful header rose just above the crossbar and two minutes later, Hazard
almost got onto a good cross from Marcos Alonso, but could not get the contact
The half-time whistle brought a close to a
relatively even half. While Chelsea were the better team, they struggled to
make their chances count whilst Bournemouth showed positive signs with the ball
in hand but also lacked the quality finishing upfront.
Eddie Howe's side soon righted this as they
had the perfect start to the second half when Wilson dispossessed Tiemoue Bakayoko
before playing a fantastic give and go with Ibe and then slotting past
Stanislas then doubled their lead just
after the hour mark as he linked up with Wilson before running one on one with
Courtois and he produced a delightful finish through Courtois' legs into the
back of the net.
The night only got worse for the Blues as Nathan
Ake then got onto the scoresheet against his former club. Wilson picked out
Stanislas, whose shot took a deflection, but only as far as Ake to poke home at
the back post.
Five minutes later, Ake seemed to have
gotten away with a handball in the box as the defender appeared to have handled
Pedro's header which looked to have been goal-bound, but referee Lee Probert
didn't point to the spot.
Bournemouth managed to see out the game out
despite a last-minute chance from Hazard.