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Summary

  1. Bournemouth opened campaign with a 1-0 defeat away at West Brom
  2. Watford scored a late equaliser to draw 3-3 against Liverpool
  3. Watch Final Score at the top of the page
  4. Jermain Defoe on the bench for Bournemouth, Watford's record signing Andre Gray starts

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Bournemouth 0-2 Watford (FT)

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Not even the announcement of six minutes of stoppage time raised much of a cheer among the home fans here - it's been a rather limp start to the campaign for Eddie Howe's side, who are still awaiting their first goal and first point, while Watford - tipped for relegation by some pre-season pundits - are basking in the sunshine after five goals and four points after two rounds of matches.

FULL-TIME

Bournemouth 0-2 Watford

And it is all over. It is scrappy, but goals from Richarlison and a fine strike from Etienne Capoue give Watford the three points.

Bournemouth 0-2 Watford

Corner for Watford. This will be their first away Premier League victory since January.

Bournemouth 0-2 Watford

Six minutes injury time for Bournemouth to turn this around.

Bournemouth 0-2 Watford

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Just after Asmir Begovic kept his side in the game with a fine block, Etienne Capoue's goal looks set to send Watford's travelling yellow army happy - and plenty of home fans have taken it as their cue to head out and beat the traffic.

GOAL - Bournemouth 0-2 Watford

Etienne Capoue

We've not had much quality today, but Etienne Capoue has just produced some and sealed the victory for Watford.

The substitute takes the ball on his chest 25 yards out and then drills a low shot past Asmir Begovic. Lovely strike.

Etienne Capoue
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CLOSE!

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Chance for an equaliser but Joshua King nods over the top from Marc Pugh's cross.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Off goes the goalscorer Richarlison, who is replaced by Etienne Capoue.

CLOSE!

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

A chance for a second for Richarlison, but he heads wide.

Bournemouth 0-1 Watford

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Watford had been pressing for a while, and it's the dangerous Richarlison, rather than record signing Andre Gray, who finally breaks the deadlock from Gray's cross.

Meanwhile, it takes a big effort from police and stewards in the East Stand to prevent a number of Watford fans from spilling onto the playing area as they celebrate that goal.

GOAL - BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 WATFORD

Richarlison (Watford)

It is not pretty, but Watford will not care about that.

We said Richarlison was becoming more involved and he has just scored the opening goal.

Andre Gray slides in a low cross and Richarlison tries to have a shot at goal, under pressure from Adam Smith. The ball bobbles kindly for Richarlison, who reacts quickest, and he prods the ball into the net from only a few yards out.

Richarlison
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Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Richarlison is becoming more and more important in this match, he has a couple of half chances but can't make a good contact with either. Twenty minutes left. Tight and tense, but lacking quality.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

...also comes to nothing as the ball falls to Richarlison, who shoots on the turn but it is blocked.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

A couple of corners for Watford. The first one comes to nothing and the second one...

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Nathaniel Chalobah is seeing a lot of the action. He has just had the best chance of the game, then has a shot that hits the roof of the stand and is now cautioned after fouling Joshua King.

A tale of two number 18s

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Contrasting fortunes for the two number 18s on duty here as Watford's record signing Andre Gray is shown a yellow card seconds before Bournemouth's returning hero Jermain Defoe makes his entrance as a substitute.

He's on in the 60th minute... cometh the hour, cometh the man?

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

A couple of bookings to mention. Steve Cook fouled Andre Gray in the build-up to that Chalobah chance and the Bournemouth defender is showed yellow by referee Roger East, who is then unhappy with Gray's subsequent protests and he too is cautioned.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Eddie Howe has had enough and calls for Jermain Defoe to come on, in place of Benik Afobe. Half an hour for Defoe to get a goal.

Benik Afobe and Jermaine Defoe
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GREAT SAVE!

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

A great, great chance for Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah, who bursts clear with only Asmir Begovic to beat.

But the midfielder looks unsure of himself, Begovic stays big and Chalobah's shot is saved by the outstretched leg of Begovic.

Moments later Chalobah curls wide. Best chance of the game.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

An embarrassing moment for Nathaniel Chalobah. Watford attack down the right wing through Nordin Amrabat and he pulls it back for Chalobah on the edge of the area.

But the midfielder, mistakenly thinking a team-mate was behind him, lets the ball run past him when he could have had a shot on goal and Bournemouth run clear with the ball.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Nope. Benik Afobe gets there but can't direct a header goalbound. Surely not long before Jermain Defoe and Troy Deeney get the call from their respective managers.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Another corner for the hosts, will this lead to the breakthrough?

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Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Jonathan Schogger: Thought Chalobah had a quiet/nervous game last week but has looked busy and involved today. Big improvement.

Indeed he has Jonathan, not too many attacking players from both sides have impressed so far, but Chalobah has at least got into decent positions, but wasted the opportunities that have come his way.

Nathaniel Chalobah
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Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

If anything sums up the action so far, then we have just seen it.

Watford's Jose Holebas swings in a left-wing cross, Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels heads the ball up and not out, it falls to Nordin Amrabat, who connects with a volley... which goes out for a throw-in.

GOOD SAVE!

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Already a better start as Steve Cook meets a Bournemouth corner and flicks the ball goalwards, the ball nicks off Miguel Britos and is well held by Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Right, let's forget about the first half. We are back under way. Bring on the goals.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

The half-time entertainment here features a father v son penalty shoot-out (with mascot Cherry Bear in goal) - with the father handicapped by wearing a pair of vision-impairing goggles.

After a fairly insipid first half, both managers might like to check their off-target strikers haven't donned a similar pair of dark goggles hampering their view of the goal...

Changes to be made?

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Far from a classic, this game has been tame at times, disjointed at others, with the occasional feisty moment when the tackles have flown in and tempers have risen.

But with the quality of Jermain Defoe and Troy Deeney on the sides' respective benches, fair to expect both managers to use their substitutes sooner rather than later.

Troy Deeney
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HALF-TIME

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

That is a 45 minutes that absolutely no-one will remember. Goalless, the most goalless it can be.

Uninspiring, pretty poor fare, but don't worry it will get better. Honest.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

We have not seen much of Watford's Andre Gray up until now. And he should score with the last kick of the first half.

Richarlison, a summer signing for £11.5m from Fluminense, does well to get to the byline and pulls it back to where Gray, another summer addition, is waiting six yards out.

But you expect more for your £18.5m. Gray, under pressure from a home defender, scoops the ball over the top when he should have done much, much better.

Any drama at the end of a very tame first half?

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe is looking one of the more lively players on the pitch, but he is crowded out in the penalty area as he is surrounded by Miguel Britos and Jose Holebas, with the ball going for a goal-kick.

It looks like he could do with some help up top though. Jermain Defoe to come on in the second half?

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Jose Holebas takes Watford's first corner of the match and it is aimed towards the front post, where Richarlison gets away from his marker to flick out a header. But there is no direction or power on the header with it going well wide of the post.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

This game has taken a while to get going and is warming up now as Watford win their first corner of the game.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Some smart goalkeeping from Heurelho Gomes as the Watford number one sprints off his line to smother the ball before Benik Afobe can get there after the ball had ricocheted into his path.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

Nathaniel Chalobah has a half-chance of his own at the other end, 25 yards out but the midfielder scuffs his shot badly and the ball rolls tamely towards Asmir Begovic.

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

And just as I write that, finally a goalkeeper is tested.

Bournemouth's Benik Afobe uses his strength to hold off Miguel Britos and shoots at goal from a tight angle, but Heurelho Gomes is well positioned to parry the effort away.

Heurelho Gomes
Reuters

Bournemouth 0-0 Watford

If ever a game was crying out for the introduction of Jermain Defoe...

Thirty minutes in, shots on target zero.

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