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Summary

  1. Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Stanislas, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Grabban, King
  2. Chelsea XI: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Mikel, Rahman, Matic, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard. Costa

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

"Having toyed with Bournemouth like a cat with a ball of wool for the dying minutes, Chelsea snap into gear to add a fourth which slightly flatters Hiddink's men. The Football League champions have matched the Premier League champions for long periods - but ultimately Chelsea, and Cesc Fabregas in particular, had that extra touch of class in the final third."

FULL-TIME

Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea

And that brings to an end a really enjoyable 90-odd minutes of football. Chelsea just had too much in the end.

Make sure you head over to our main live text commentary for all the reaction.

GOAL - Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea

Eden Hazard

Goals are like buses for Eden Hazard. Nemanja Matic cuts back and Hazard tucks in.

Eden Hazard
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YELLOW CARD

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

First booking of the day and it's needless for Matt Ritchie, who goes in for saying something out of turn.

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Bournemouth are still plugging away, particularly down the left, as they always will. They just haven't been able to stay on Chelsea's coat tails until the finish.

Steve Cook and Pedro
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Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

"Chelsea mark St George's Day by giving a substitute outing to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the only Englishman in their 18-man matchday squad."

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

We've been treated to such an enjoyable game it's noticeable when there's a lull in proceedings - we're in such a lull now.

Chelsea make a change, giving Rubens Loftus-Cheek a run out in lieu of Willian.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Here comes Bournemouth's last sub, with Matt Ritchie replacing Junior Stanislas.

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Bit more of a pre-season feeling to procedures now, as Pedro attempts an overhead kick that drifts wide of the back post.

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

"Cesc Fabregas has rather flitted in and out of this game, but once more, the Spaniard produces an inch-perfect pass to open up the Cherries defence for Willian to score. Boss Guus Hiddink, who had only emerged onto the touchline for the first time a couple of minutes before the goal, now prowls the technical area."

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

You were just feeling that Bournemouth were running out of ideas and steam, which is no indictment of what has been a terrific performance from them. 

GOAL - Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Willian

Cesc Fabregas has his hat-trick. A hat-trick of assists that is. It's textbook stuff from the instrumental Spaniard as he rolls a ball into the right channel of the area and Willian strokes it past Artur Boruc.

Willian
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Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Really good right-back is Simon Francis. In one moment he shows his technical ability by pulling the ball out of the air. The next moment he's flying into a lip-smacking tackle to take it away from Diego Costa.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth try to work a free-kick into the box. It comes back out to Junior Stanislas who switches it on to his right foot and fires a yard wide.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

"Bournemouth fans may wonder if this is a preview of next season's strike partnership as substitutes Callum Wilson and Benik Afobe, back from their various injuries, are paired together for the first time."

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Simon Francis, looking sprightly after that injury scare, puts in a lovely ball from the right that John Mikel Obi toes around his own post.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Decent spell for Chelsea as Bournemouth struggle to get out of their own half. The Blues are trying to pick openings and Diego Costa almost has one, seeing a shot blocked.

The Cherries make changes, with Joshua King replaced by Callum Wilson and Lewis Grabban making way for Benik Afobe. Fresh impetus up top.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

"Asmir Begovic is getting on the home fans' backs here with the amount of time he is taking to take his goal-kicks. But both sets of supporters are continuing to get their money's worth as the end-to-end action from the first half continues. If both sides could shoot straight, this could be 5-5."

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

A worrying moment for Bournemouth and Simon Francis as the right-back stretches for the ball and stays down.

He limps back to defend a corner, which falls to Pedro but his shot spins behind off Charlie Daniels and Artur Boruc claims the next one.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas gets sight of goal from 25 yards but his shot takes a nick and is out for a corner, which Andrew Surman heads clear.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

If Diego Costa had slightly longer studs it would be 3-1. Baba Rahman drives in a low ball from the left and Costa can't stretch out his leg quick enough to touch it in.

Diego Costa
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Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Andrew Surman drops a ball into the Chelsea half which Joshua King chases, forcing Branislav Ivanovic into knocking it out for a throw-in. It comes to nothing, but might be a tactic for the Cherries.

Soon after, Charlie Daniels has a go from the left corner of the area, but misses the target.

Charlie Daniels
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KICK-OFF

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Right, more of the same please boys. I demand to be entertained.

Bournemouth get the second half going.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth's heat map on the left shows that all their attacking is coming down the right flank, through Simon Francis and Joshua King.

Chelsea are having more joy down the left though, where Eden Hazard is seeing plenty of the ball.

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Can't believe things are that bad at Chelsea that we have to have Mikel as a center half , bad enough that he gets selected anyway.

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I think your live text is broken, it just said Eden Hazard scored.

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Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

"This is about as far from a drab end-of-season encounter as you might imagine. With both sides' league standing allowing them to play with a degree of freedom and flair, only a brave person would bet against there being more goals in this game. Both defences have been opened up at will - with Asmir Begovic arguably the first half man of the match."

HT: Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

That was a barrel of fun. Anyone else enjoy that? No end-of-season dullness for us.

Eden Hazard
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HALF-TIME

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

On another day John Mikel Obi could have conceded two penalties here.

He barges into the back of Lewis Grabban as they head to the by-line. Grabban stays on his feet and Mikel stretches, finally bringing the striker down. Referee Roger East says "corner".

It comes to nothing and it's half-time.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas almost has his hat-trick of assists. He sends Pedro into a similar position from where he scored the opening goal, except this time he has to cut back past a defender and his left-foot shot loops over.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Barcelona, sign up Marc Pugh this instant.

The midfielder looks to have got himself into a dead end near his own corner flag - but some superb trickery puts him past two Chelsea players.

At the other end Junior Stanislas lets rip from 25 yards - it's only troubling the stand behind though.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

"Agony turns to delight for the home fans - after a long spell of Cherries pressure, the hosts were sucker-punched for the second time, but the faintest of headers from captain Tommy Elphick gets Bournemouth firmly back into the game. The scoreline may not suggest it, but Asmir Begovic has been the busier of the two keepers and has made a number of important saves. But with the skill in Chelsea's ranks, they look capable of scoring every time they burst forward."

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Now Cesc Fabregas works a bit of space for himself 30 yards out but his shot whizzes away from the Bournemouth goal.

Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Try and catch your breath. Go on. I dare you.

It should be 2-2 as Marc Pugh sends Lewis Grabban on his way into the area. Asmir Begovic closes the angle but does really well to get a hand up to his right to deny Grabban.

GOAL - Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea

Tommy Elphick

No end-of-season feel to this game.

Bournemouth work a short corner and Tommy Elphick gets above and around a pair of Chelsea defenders to head goalwards. Asmir Begovic gets a hand to it but can't keep it out.

Tommy Elphick
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GOAL - Bournemouth 0-2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard returns with a goal - and it's his first of the season.

Cesc Fabregas's tasty backheel sets him up and he hits along the ground from 20 yards.

Eden Hazard
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Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

Chances stacking up like Panini sticker swapsies for Bournemouth.

Lewis Grabban flashes a header wide from Simon Francis's cross down the right.

Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

Baba Rahman has just put in one of those crosses that makes you think we could all be Premier League footballers. Completely thwacks it behind the Bournemouth goal.

Lewis Grabban does better at the other end, getting almost to the by-line and rifling in a tight one that Asmir Begovic saves at the near post. From the corner, Joshua King gets a good header on target - into Begovic's bread basket though.

Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

Plenty of positive signs for Joshua King down the right. He's given the chance to go one on one with Baba Rahman and the Chelsea full-back wins that one.

But the Cherries carve out another chance as Dan Gosling rolls across to Marc Pugh on the edge of the area - it goes the same way as Steve Cook's earlier effort, way over the bar. 

Joshua King
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Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

Branislav Ivanovic hits it. It then hits the wall. Danger gone.