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Summary

  1. Chelsea keep their seven-point lead at the top of the table
  2. Alonso restores the two-goal cushion with sublime free-kick
  3. King smashes in from tight angle to give Bournemouth hope
  4. Hazard breaks free, rounds the keeper and slots home the second
  5. Costa mis-hits shot that deflects in off Smith

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By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Right then. That's your lot from us for now.

We'll be back for more on Sunday - but in the meantime, if you're just joining in, feel free to catch up on it all below.

Until the next time!

'This is a good answer'

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Chelsea

More from Antonio Conte, on BBC Sport: "Our reaction was good, we played in the right way at a time of the season with a lot of pressure. When we conceded the goal we lost a bit of confidence but we managed the game and deserved to win.

"When you have this time of opponent [Tottenham] who is in good form and wants to catch you, it is important to have a good answer. This is a good answer. There are seven games to go and in England it is not easy, there is a lot of pressure." 

'Now we rest and restart for United'

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Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte speaking to BT Sport:  "It's normal to have a good pressure [after Spurs won]. We started the game very well with great attention and focus. Then we conceded the goal and we lost a bit of confidence. In the second half we managed the game and scored another goal, then the free-kick from Marcos Alonso.

"Marcos is playing a really good season. It's great for him to show his quality in the free-kick. I'm happy for him but I'm happy for the team."

On Costa's recent goal drought: "Diego Costa provoked the first goal. He played a good game and fought a lot and fought for the team. Now it is important to rest and restart and prepare for the game against Manchester United."

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'They were too strong'

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe speaking to BBC Sport:  "I thought it was a tight game today, we were well in it. It doesn't help going 2-0 down and it took a worldie free-kick to win the game. 

"I have to compliment Chelsea, they're an outstanding team and their system works very well for them. But I compliment my boys as well because they played very well. In the end Chelsea were too strong.

"I'm not feeling anything other than we need to win some more games. What we've historically done is always try to win and that's the same aim no matter how many points you have and how many games are left."

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It's as you were at the top.

Seven matches to play, this is Chelsea's to lose.

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Antonio Conte's side play at Manchester United next weekend, when Tottenham host Bournemouth. It could be pivotal. 

'We'll bounce back'

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Bournemouth's Adam Smith speaking to BBC Sport: "I felt myself in a good position to block the shot and he shanked it really and it hit my head and went in. When we went 2-0 down it was a mountain to climb from there.

"We showed character, we didn't give up and we fought until the end but they just had a bit too much for us.

"We were a bit tired towards the end and they're a top team, that's why they're top of the table but we'll bounce back next week."

'One step closer'

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard speaking to BT Sport: "We passed a test. We knew the result of Tottenham before the game and today we deserved to win.

"It's more easy to control the game when you score first but at the end of the first half we were a little bit down. But in the second half we did well to control the game.

"We have to believe in everything. Now is one step closer to the title and we have seven games left."

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John Williams

Former Bournemouth defender on BBC Radio Solent

Bournemouth can't be too sad. They came up against a top team today and one that will probably lift the title.

They had a right go but you get the feeling Chelsea had that extra gear if they needed. You have to reflect on who you've played against.

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Loves it, Antonio Conte. Off he goes towards the fans, fists pumping the air. What an impact he has had.

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Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea retain their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. 

Bournemouth didn't really get close. 

With seven games to play before the trophy is lifted in May, who can stop Antonio Conte's side? Probably no-one.

SUBSTITUTION

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Marcos Alonso is BT Sport's man of the match, I'd probably go with him too. It was a brilliant free-kick. 

Chelsea for some reason think it's a good idea to make another change now. Victor Moses is coming off for Kurt Zouma. That will change things.

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How long's left? 

Charlie Daniels launches a long throw into the box. Everything is more in hope at this stage.

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Ollie: What is Jack Wilshere doing? Good in the first half, almost completely immobile in the second. Just standing there. Bizarre.

SUBSTITUTION

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Another change for this season's Premier League winners as Willian comes on for Pedro. 

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Eden Hazard comes off for a nice sit down and Cesc Fabregas is on to replace him. 

And Max Gradel replaces Ryan Fraser for Bournemouth.

Just over five to go. Maybe let's call it 3-3.

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Diego Costa's not had his best day at the office, here he is again gamely chasing a Marcos Alonso cross but not quite getting there. 

I saw a video of Costa in training the other day which was quite revealing; while everyone else was laughing and joking around, he was on his own staring into space, before rejoining the group to smash up the training set-up with the plastic top of a hurdle. 

GREAT SAVE!

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Such a strong hand from Artur Boruc to smash Victor Moses' shot away to safety, the Chelsea man had mazed in with a silky run, but the Poland stopper was equal to him. 

Ten minutes to play. So, 4-3 yeah?

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Good battling from the newcomer Lys Mousset, clunking through a number of Chelsea shoulders and still managing to have enough balance to hand off to Josh King, or at least almost. The pass to his fellow striker waiting on the edge is just cut out. 

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SUBSTITUTION

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It's all about next season for Bournemouth. You would imagine they're already safe, seven points clear of the drop zone with seven to play after today. 

Lys Mousset, a 20-year-old French forward, is coming on for Benik Afobe.

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YELLOW CARD

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I'm trying to think of novel ways to re-invest a bit of excitement about this Premier League title race, but mostly can't.

Chelsea are seven points clear again. 

Pedro can't control himself and smashes into Harry Arter with a late challenge. No question that was a yellow.

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deldude: Marcos Alonso said two words to Arthur Boruc Don't move. Wonderful free kick timed to perfection.

Jamie Watson:  The Bournemouth wall has to jump there. Forget trying to be clever stopping the low one.

JavelBleach: The 5 players to the right of #Bournemouth 's wall were utterly superfluous! 1-3. Meanwhile in Sheffield. 

CHANCE!

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It should be four. Marcos Alonso is picked out at the back stick, a lovely dinked pass from Eden Hazard I think. 

But the header is wild - was it just a touch too high, the cross? - and it travels well over.

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There's still 20 minutes to play and Victor Moses wants in on the action, driving towards goal and winning a corner. Bournemouth are reeling now. 

But Simon Francis rouses himself to clear under real danger at the back stick - two huge Chelsea bodies heaving towards a fourth.

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John Williams

Former Bournemouth defender on BBC Radio Solent

That's a touch of class from Alonso. The goalkeeper didn't even move and it's an unbelievable strike in the top corner. He's hit it perfectly.

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Alonso curls home a beauty

Fantastic goal. Lifted over the wall and into the top corner by Marcos Alonso. Just effortless, the way he strokes through it, always curling away, but never too much. 

Artur Boruc and Bournemouth rooted to the spot. Chelsea are surely out of reach now.

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I've just realised Marcos Alonso used to play for Bolton (I also know he's not Italian but Spanish, honest). He's turned into some player. 

Free-kick Chelsea as Diego Costa is taken out by Steve Cook on the edge. Could it be Alonso territory? It's good for a leftie.

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Jack Wilshere wants to nip in behind the lines but Nemanja Matic's impeccable swipe steals the ball from under his feet.

Down the other end, Harry Arter does the same to Pedro. It's Bournemouth who look to be growing at the moment, but the margins are fine.

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Just over half an hour to play then. Which way will this go? For a long spell in the first half we thought Chelsea were already out of sight. Will Bournemouth find a way back in?

Gary Cahill provides a clue in spraying a terrible long ball out of play.

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...It's secret option number three - played short and clipped over the wall - but Joshua King running in is offside. Clever, but not quite there.

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YELLOW CARD

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N'Golo Kante penalised and in the book he goes. Free-kick Bournemouth now. Charlie Daniels can hit them, Harry Arter too...

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CLOSE!

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Pinball in the box - Marcos Alonso's cross in is fantastic, so hard to deal with, and nobody does. 

Diego Costa takes another massive swipe at it - only finding thin air again - but it's almost another own goal as Steve Cook, just standing there innocently, finds himself almost inadvertently cannoning past his keeper off the shin.  

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Great improvisation from Eden Hazard - zipping in a cross for Diego Costa on the volley after his first effort was blocked. Really acrobatic. 

But the ball had way too much on it and I reckon Costa was well marked anyway. 

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Jack Wilshere's looked good today, but this spray out towards Benik Afobe is too long for the striker to latch on to. Much better from Bournemouth now though, much more positive.

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Jay from Hampshire: As a Spurs fan, I would love to see us catch Chelsea and win the league as a send of for White Hart Lane, but it's always going to be a tall order, and they possibly have a marginally easier run in so I think it's unlikely to happen. 

CLOSE!

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End-to-end!

Ryan Fraser zips one just inches wide of the post from outside the box, I don't think Thibaut Courtois was getting there you know.

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CHANCE!

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Marcos Alonso powers into a challenge with Adam Smith, comes off the better and the ball follows on the bounce, the Spaniard can drive towards goal now and pick out a man in the middle, but the cross is poor - easy for Artur Boruc to claim.

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