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It's all over at the Marbella Football Center, and the Cherries kick off their pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win over Estoril.

Second half goals from Jordon Ibe and Max Gradel secure the victory for Eddie Howe's side.

And the manager will be pleased with plenty of aspects of his team's performance, as well as minutes in the bank for a large number of his squad.


Max Gradel is bundled over 20 yards out and dusts himself down before stepping up to take the resulting free-kick.

The forward gets the ball over the wall but is unable to get quite enough dip on it to trouble Thierry.


AFC Bournemouth are back in front through the hugely-impressive Max Gradel.

A patient, passing move down the left suddenly sees Gradel spring into life, twisting away from three challenges, exchanging passes with Sam Surridge and then curling a shot into the far corner from a tight angle.

It's a great goal.


Joshua King gets 20 minutes under his belt as he continues his comeback from injury.

Last season's top scorer is replaced by Sam Surridge in a planned substitution.


Estoril level from the resulting free-kick.

Eduardo steps up and curls a left-footed effort over the wall and into the top corner, past the despairing dive of Federici.


Cherries goalkeeper Adam Federici is given a yellow card.

The former Reading man rushes out of his area to deal with a long ball and, sliding to connect, blocks the ball with what looks like his chest.

However, the referee has other ideas and awards a free-kick and a booking for the stopper.


Estoril substitute Carlinhos is first in the referee's notebook for a cynical foul on Max Gradel, who had broken from the edge of the area and made his way past the halfway line.


AFC Bournemouth break the deadlock and it's Jordon Ibe with the goal!

Baily Cargill rises highest to meet a long clearance and heads back into midfield, where Max Gradel picks up on it.

The Ivorian schemer takes a touch before releasing Ibe in behind the Estoril defence with a clever pass.

And Ibe keeps his composure to slot past an onrushing goalkeeper.


Jordon Ibe cuts in off the right and unleashes a shot which is heading for the top corner before Thierry parries it to safety.


Cherries boss Eddie Howe has made 11 changes at half-time. AFC Bournemouth will now line up as:

(4-4-2): Adam Federici; Matt Worthington, Simon Francis, Baily Cargill, Tyrone Mings; Jordon Ibe, Dan Gosling, Harry Arter, Kyle Taylor; Max Gradel, Joshua King

Key moments

  • FULL-TIME: AFC Bournemouth 2 (Ibe 54, Gradel 71) Estoril 1 (Eduardo 65)
  • The Cherries' first pre-season friendly ends in victory thanks to second half goals from Jordon Ibe and Max Gradel.
  • The result brings a positive end to the club's pre-season training camp in the Costa del Sol.

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