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Summary

  1. Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, King, Wilson
  2. Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Agbonlahor, Sinclair

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

And there goes the final whistle. Villa fans rejoice in the stands as their heroes celebrate on the pitch under the summer sun. Goalscorer Rudy Gestede is fist-pumping and asking for more roars from the travelling contingent. What an impact he had.

Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

It's probably the right result. Bournemouth shaded the first half. Villa came out after the break with a lot more intent.

Shrewd business

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Chris Sutton

Former Blackburn and Celtic striker on Final Score

Rudy Gestede is the best at what he does in the country. People can't handle him. He went for £6m and people are talking about £12m for Jordan Rhodes. It doesn't make sense.

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Last attack, Bournemouth have a corner and here come the cavalry.

In it comes, brilliant header away by Carlos Sanchez. That will be that.

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Eddie Howe
Reuters

We have five minutes of added time. Bournemouth commit bodies forward but again they are thwarted by the superb Jordan Amavi at left-back for Villa. He ensures his side have a goal kick and Tim Sherwood is closing in on a win. He's looking very, very nervous.

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Villa can break as Yann Kermogant gives the ball away, Gabriel Agbonlahor, like a jaguar he springs away but Villa hold it up, they head for the corner flag.

Back come Bournemouth... not finished yet.

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Matt Ritchie
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Bournemouth are trying, they know this can end as a damp squib if the fans depart to a defeat in a game they should have opened the scoring in.

A long free-kick goes into the box but is dealt with by Rudy Gestede. His head could become very handy for Villa at both ends this season.

Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

If I'm Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe I'd be a bit worried with what I've got in the dressing room. I might just dip back into the transfer market.

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

A good powerful run by Gabriel Agbonlahor as he weaves through the centre of the pitch but the shot is tame and as this match reaches its business end, we have attacks coming thick and fast with Matt Ritchie shooting wide when well placed 18 yards out.

YELLOW CARD

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Matt Ritchie and Yann Kermogant combine near the edge of the area but Villa, in yellow shirts, swarm to shut out every inch of space. They have something to defend of course and can soak it up.

Dan Gosling is booked as Idrissa Gueye breaks for the visitors. The winger has looked decent for Villa.

He has touched the ball 66 times, only Jordan Amavi with 68 has had more of the leather.

Go on rudddddyyyyy my son ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️😀😀😀😀😀👊👊👊👊 #utv

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Here's the killer stat.... wait for it... Aston Villa did not have a single goal from a substitute last season. It's taken one game this year and bang. Joy from the bench in the shape of 6ft 4in striker Rudy Gestede.

What have you got Bournemouth?

20 - Since the start of 2013/14, Rudy Gestede has scored 20 headed goals; five more than anyone else in the top four tiers. Machine.

Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

It was always coming. Ashley Westwood stood that delivery up. Gestede's movement reminds me of Andy Carroll.

GOAL

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa - Rudy Gestede

Gestede goal
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Tim Sherwood hits the transfer and substitution jackpot all in one second.

His outlay of £6m on Rudy Gestede looks bargain bucket now as the giant striker powers a header into the net from seven yards.

It's simple stuff, corner, solid delivery, big leap, lots of beef on the header, unstoppable.

And boy oh boy have I got a stat coming for you next...

Gestede
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SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Another card on the table in the poker game from the bench and it's Max Gradel - the second-most expensive player in Bournemouth's history - coming on for Marc Pugh.

Remember, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said this player was good enough to play for the Blues. He used the quick attacker as an example of how sides lower down the Premier League were signing quality.

In all competitions for St-Etienne and Ivory Coast, Gradel managed 19 goals in 42 games last season.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Pinball in the Bournemouth area, Gabriel Agbonlahor will shoot, blocked, ricochet, RUDY GESTEDE... wide.

He flashes a volley across goal and it has Tim Sherwood jumping about in frustration on the touchline.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

And still they scrap.

Dan Gosling
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There's no inch given. Scott Sinclair tries to weave down the left but Matt Ritchie and Simon Francis double up to halt him.

The home side edge possession 55%-45% but calling this one is no easy feat. I get the sense there is one goal in it and no more.

Tommy Elphick is the pass master to date, 97% have found feet when the Bournemouth captain has distributed.

Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

Rudy Gestede is playing up top. Villa boss Tim Sherwood has spotted a weakness behind Charlie Daniels, so it'll be balls up to Gestede from Villa.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Gestede is on for Jordan Ayew who hardly lit the world up with his debut.

Not a disaster but bang average. Just 26 touches, he completed 14 of his 18 passes.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Suddenly, from a dominant position late in the first half, Bournemouth are taking a few jabs to the face and this looks more and more in the balance.

Will the managers go for that old World Cup classic and simply look to avoid defeat in the first game?

Rudy Gestede is coming on for Aston Villa. He managed plenty of goals in the Championship at Blackburn last season but has played just three times at this level before - for Cardiff City.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

The poker game begins. Substitution one sees Yann Kermorgant on for Joshua King.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

A super challenge from debutant Jordan Amavi for Aston Villa on the halfway line. He cleans Callum Wilson out fairly and there is more snap, more vigour from Villa all over the pitch.

Amavi has been solid so far, dealing with lots of attacks down the Bournemouth right.

Attack thirds
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Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 at the Vitality Stadium

Villa have come out with a lot more intent in the second half.

GREAT SAVE!

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Maybe Villa did get some harsh love from their manager because at last they create an opening. Idrissa Gueye comes so close to scoring on his league debut as he arrives bang on time to meet Gabriel Agbonlahor's pull-back. A fine save from Artur Boruc who scrambles across his goal.

It's clever stuff from Agbonlahor and nothing wrong with the drive from 12 yards. Good play all over.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

And here we go again...

Have Aston Villa heard a few harsh words?

My Premier League life

Ever wondered how many games your team have played during your lifetime? Goals scored? Trophies won? Managers employed?

BBC Sport's new feature My Premier League Life allows fans to discover all of this and more about their favourite current Premier League club.

Here's an example of how it all works:

Jack Grealish
BBC

In the 19 years since Jack Grealish came into the world, Villa Park's turnstiles have spun round more than 30m times as fans passed through its gates - a footfall equivalent to almost half of the UK population. 

The first Villa match after Grealish was born was a 2-0 victory at home to Wimbledon in September 1995. Dwight Yorke went on to score 17 goals that season as Villa finished fourth, but Grealish has been alive for Villa to win just one trophy - the 1996 League Cup.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Around 60% of the ball and the better of the territory, Premier League life doesn't look all that tough for Bournemouth so far.

Action zones
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Have they been good or have Aston Villa been particularly bad? Let me know on #bbcfootball.

HALF-TIME

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

After what was a slow start all round, Bournemouth have definitely grasped the initiative and three great chances for Dan Gosling, Callum Wilson and Marc Pugh should have yielded a lead.

Villa lived a charmed life late in that half and have not created a chance of meaning.

These Premier League new boys look the more likely here.

Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

That would have been the perfect time to score a goal for Eddie Howe's side. Marc Pugh did everything he could do - unfortunately the effort was straight at Brad Guzan.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Matt Ritchie
Reuters

Ciaran Clark contests a header with Matt Ritchie and leaves plenty on his man, that's a yellow card.

Can Bournemouth make this count late in the half? The ball into the box from deep is headed back across goal by Simon Francis and it must be... Marc Pugh... no.

The goal was begging to be scored, it was just 12 yards and sitting nicely. My oh my, what a chance to send the Cherries in ahead.

Another smart stop by Brad Guzan but he should have had no chance.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Home hearts in mouths. Leandro Bacuna lines up a free-kick 25 yards from goal. It's tense but his effort crashes into the wall.

Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

Callum Wilson rolls Ciaran Clark. His second touch was poor though. If it finishes 0-0 he'll kick himself for missing that chance. He's better than that.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

It's Callum Wilson, racing clear through the inside channel, he closes in on goal to lessen the angle but Brad Guzan saves with his legs. Wilson - Bournemouth's top scorer last season - was still wide as he took the shot on but it's a second big chance of the game.

Wilson
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Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

"You're worse than Birmingham..." sing Aston Villa's travelling contingent.

Bournemouth won 8-0 at Birmingham and 4-2 at home to the Blues last season.

All the best to the lads, have a good feeling about today. Gutted I cant play because of injury but hope to be back soon! Come on boys #AVFC

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

What a chance. Dan Gosling, is sniffing for something in the box and as Callum Wilson loses control of the ball it breaks to the midfielder 12 yards from goal and central. It's a little under his feet and he can only scoop an effort over the bar.

This is a glorious opening and Eddie Howe knows it as he looks visibly angered in the dugout.

Joey Barton

Midfielder, BBC Radio 5 live at the Vitality Stadium

It takes four or five games before the players become properly match-fit. Pre-season is not the same as this. You don't have the same adrenalin.

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Bournemouth v Aston Villa
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While Gabriel Agbonlahor has had little quality service, Bournemouth are struggling to get their own danger man Callum Wilson into the game. He has had just nine touches which is the lowest of any outfield player in their side.

Remember, the home side have Max Gradel - a big summer signing on the bench so has manager Eddie Howe perhaps foreseen this tight start? Will this game open up later on?

Andrew Surman has a bang from 30 yards but it's 15 feet wide.