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2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIt could have gone either way – and both managers could claim it very nearly did – but in the end a draw was just about what AFC Bournemouth and Chelsea deserved. Both teams lost leads, both clawed themselves back into contention and both contributed to a game of high thrills and enough twists and turns to keep fans of Simone Biles enthralled.
In the wake of Tuesday’s humiliation to Bayern Munich, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard chose not to tamper with playing three at the back, preferring to rotate his defensive trio. Out went Antonio Rudiger, in came Fikayo Tomori, but from the moment the England youngster sloppily let Philip Billing through early on, the experiment brought only confusion.
Bournemouth’s stumble at Burnley last week may have been VAR-assisted, but they kicked off having won just two league games since taking three points from Stamford Bridge in mid-December and alarm bells are clanging across Dorset. Four changes from that Burnley debacle suggested, if not panic, then something more pressing than mild concern.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAll the same, they almost swept ahead after just three minutes. Joshua King linked with Ryan Fraser set free Jack Stacey whose low cross was met first-time by Phillip Billing, only for Willy Caballero to block expertly. Indeed, for all that Bournemouth have much to fear over the next few weeks, they were brimming with elan and panache as Fraser on the right and King on the left stretched Chelsea’s rearguard and concomitantly stymied Marcos Alonso and Reece James’s keenness to power forwards.
For all Pedro’s bustle, Chelsea struggled to make inroads. Until they scored with their first meaningful attack. Undeterred by an early suspension-triggering yellow card, Jorginho sprayed the ball wide for Reece James, who crossed first time. Nipping in ahead of Nathan Ake, Olivier Giroud’s deft flick cannoned off the bar and Alonso smashed his second Premier League goal in a week into the uunguarded goal.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBournemouth might have been two down shortly after the break when Mateo Kovacic threaded a delicate ball to Alonso whose cross was scuffed wide by Giroud from six yards. And then, extraordinarily, Bournemouth scored not once, but twice in three minutes. First Jefferson Lerma outjumped Kovacic to head his first goal since 2018 firmly past Caballero from Fraser’s corner.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThen, as Chelsea reeled, Fraser and Billing linked again to find Stacey whose low first-time cross eluded everyone until the unmarked King tapped it in at the back post and but for Caballero’s intervention, Callum Wilson would have soon made it three.
Three rapid substitutions later, Chelsea were once again on top as, exhausted by their three minutes of wonder, Bournemouth wilted. A flurry of corners came to nothing, until the 85th minute when Cesar Azpilicueta found Pedro 15 yards out. The Spaniard’s shot was turned aside by Aaron Ramsdale, but only into the path of Alonso, who nodded home.