29th of February 2020

Hard-fought draw away to Bournemouth (2-2)

A late Marcos Alonso goal, his second of the game, saved Chelsea from back-to-back defeats and prevented Bournemouth recording their first ever league double over us.

The Spaniard, with a powerful volley, had given the Blues a lead we took into half-time. After a poor start, Blues performance had steadily improved as the game progressed but as in the Champions League in midweek, they conceded two goals in quick succession in the second half and it looked as if we would not recover from going behind despite plenty of pressure.

Bournemouth were sitting back in an attempt to preserve their lead but with five minutes remaining of the 90 they buckled. Pedro’s initial shot was saved but Alonso was in the right spot to head an equaliser and, following on from his winner against Spurs in our last league game, he could even have scored a hat-trick but headed wide inside stoppage time.

On a chilly South Coast Saturday afternoon, Bournemouth were the better side early on and had chances to take the lead, but Alonso’s opening goal was the fruit from a period when Frank Lampard’s side were on top midway through the first half, and came after Olivier Giroud had hit the bar.

Our French centre-forward then missed a good chance to double the lead early in the second half before Jefferson Lerma and Josh King turned the score around. The Londoners, having gone 2-1 behind, poured forward late in the game as the Cherries packed their area and the equaliser came shortly after substitute Michy Batshuayi had been denied by a good save.

With five minutes left to play, Chelsea scored the equaliser. Ramsdale again saved well, this time from a Pedro shot, but despite him getting a hand to Alonso’s follow-up header, it was Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2.

In the final minutes, the opportunities for a winner were all Chelsea’s, with Barkley slicing an effort wide before Alonso saw his hat-trick hopes and the chance for all three points disappear when his header from a James cross dropped the wrong side of the post.

The focus switches to domestic cup action with Liverpool the visitors to Stamford Bridge for an FA Cup fifth round tie on Tuesday. This stage of the competition is moved to midweek this season as part of the rearrangements necessarily to allow the recent winter break in the Premier League schedule. The next Premier League game is Everton at home.

 

- Match stats:

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Tomori (Willian 64’); James, Jorginho (Barkley 64’), Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Pedro; Giroud (Batshuayi 71’).

Bournemouth (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Stacey, S Cook (c), Ake, Smith; L Cook (Gosling 80), Lerma, Billing; Fraser, C Wilson, King (Stanislas 68).

Goals: Alonso 33’ y 85’ Lerma 54’, King 57’,

Bookings: André Marriner mostró tarjetas amarillas a Jorginho 16’, Smith 59’, Christensen 71’ y C Wilson 88’. 

Attendance: 10,667


- Match report by chelseafc.com


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