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AFC Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth


Crystal Palace

, Luka Milivojevic ‘12' , Jordan Ayew ‘23'
FT 20th June 2020 7:45 PM
Vitality Stadium

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That's all for tonight...

Thank you for joining us this evening... We'll go again on Wednesday night against Wolves at Molineux. 

All post-match reaction from this evening with be across our website and social media channels over the weekend. 



A tough first game back for Eddie Howe's side as goals from Milivojevic and Ayew give Palace all three points. 

Nathan Ake went close with a header in the second half, but there was no way through for the Cherries. 


Added time...

There will be six minutes added on here at Vitality Stadium.


Another substitution for the visitors...

McCarthur is coming off and Riedewald is on in his place. 

Meanwhile, Steve Cook picked up a yellow card for a late foul in the middle of the park. 


Free-kick to Bournemouth...

Van Aanholt brings down Wilson right on the edge of the box. Stanislas is over it and it's in a very similar position two the one he scored against West Brom two years ago. 

He steps up, but hits a powerful effort against the wall. 


An opening for Stanislas...

Stacey does really well to find Stanislas, with three Palace players trying to win the ball back off him. 

The substitute takes a touch inside the area and has a go at curling one, but it's narrowly wide of Guaita's post. 


A change for Palace...

Townsend is coming on for Benteke with 15 minutes left to play. 

Should Eddie Howe wish to, we still have one more opportunity to make changes, with an option of two players to bring on. 


A big last quarter to go...


Solanke drives one wide...

It was good build-up play from Solanke and he actually did the hard bit. The striker picked up the ball from a throw in, beat his man and had a go from the edge of the area, but his shot was tame and went wide. 


So close!!

A really big opportunity and it comes from Ake! Stanislas puts a superb ball in from a corner and the centre-back gets a powerful head on it, but it's straight at Guaita. He actually clashed with the back of Cahill as he went for that, but is fine to continue. 

Palace are now making their first change, with Milivojevic off and McCarthy on. 


A third substitution...

Brooks is withdrawn and he's made it through his first hour of football in a year. 

Despite the score, it's been a solid 60 minutes for the Wales international and Stanislas is now on in his place. 


Another Cherries corner...

Brooks takes it, but it's headed away by Palace. Stacey picks it up and plays a nice one-two with Lewis Cook, but the visitors deal with the threat and clear on the by-line. 

It looks like Stanislas is readied to come on. 


Having a go...

Lewis Cook is the first to have a shot in this second half, but it goes slightly wide. 

Moments later, Brooks is fouled and we're awarded a free-kick, but the dead ball goes long and the flag gets raised for offside. 


Drama at the start of the second half...

King is going to have to come off after being on the receiving end of a challenge from Cahill. It looked a nasty one and VAR was consulted for quite some time to see whether it was worthy of a red card. The referee signals and nothing is given. 

Solanke is on in the Norwegian's place. 


Back underway...

We need a big second half here at Vitality Stadium. All the updates will be provided right here, so don't move a muscle... 

Eddie Howe has decided to make a half-time change, with Danjuma on in place of Harry Wilson. 



It's been a really tough first half for Eddie Howe's side. 

Goals from Milivojevik and Ayew have given Crystal Palace a two-goal lead at Vitality Stadium and there's work to be done in the second half. 


First card of the game...

Ayew comes crashing in on Lerma in the middle of the park and goes straight in the book. 

We've taken the set-piece short as we look to build momentum going forwards. 


A flurry of Cherries corners...

Brooks takes two corners in a row for his side. 

The first is headed straight out for another, while the second goes long and Harry Wilson can't quite collect it on the other side to send it back in. 


Battling hard...


Great ball from Lewis Cook...

The ball is sprayed across the pitch by Lewis Cook and he picks out Brooks beautifully. 

The 22-year-old wins a corner over on the far side, but nothing comes of his cross and Palace can clear. 


Looking for a way back...

Again, Attwell plays an advantage and the Cherries are just getting a feel of the ball back. Both full-backs and wingers are combining well and Eddie Howe's side have had to be patient. 

Crystal Palace are defending tightly and in the end it's Lerma who tries his luck from range, with the shot sailing over the bar. 


Palace have a second.

The visitors double their lead.

Zaha plays it down the line for Van Aanholt, who passes it across goal where Ayew is waiting. The forward is in space and his shot beats Ramsdale. 

Work to do. 


Black lives matter.

Ahead of kick-off, both sets of players and the referee took a knee to show support for the campaign.


Early action...

Stuart Attwell plays an advantage as Lerma looks to be fouled in the middle. 

After some neat passing football and a good spell of possession, King sets up Callum Wilson, who forces Dann into clearing for a corner. 

From the set-piece, Brooks swings a nice ball in and, again, Callum Wilson has an opportunity but the header goes just over.  


Goal for Palace.

Crystal Palace had been knocking it around in front of the Bournemouth goal for a few minutes and finally tried a shot. 

Zaha let fly from just outside the area, before Brooks fouled him 20 yards from goal. 

From the resulting set-piece, Milivojevic struck it right in the corner and Palace have the lead. 


A bright start...

Not much to report so far, but we've seen lots of the play. 

Harry Wilson and David Brooks have been looking to burst forward, while the ball was actually in the back of the net briefly, but the Welshman had knocked it out in the build-up. 

Positive signs! 


We're off!

Stuart Attwell is the man in the middle and we'll be kicking from left-to-right in the first half! 

Just before the whistle, both teams took a knee to support the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign. 

Come on, lads!


The players are emerging...

We're just five minutes from kick-off and Steve Cook is leading the team out as we speak. 

We will have the formal line ups out on the pitch, followed by a coin toss and a moment of reflection for those who have been affected by Covid-19.


Warm ups complete!

It's almost time...


Preview Show!


Vitality Stadium looks a bit different!

The stadium has had a complete makeover this week! 

Large flags fill all four stands, with messages to get behind the boys, as well as those to thank our NHS key workers. 


Hello and welcome!

Well, it feels good to be back! 

Hello and welcome to this evening's live blog as we look forward to Premier League football returning to Vitality Stadium. Crystal Palace are our visitors and both sides are currently out warming up in front of us. 

We wish that you could all be at the ground tonight cheering us on, but rest assured we'll have all the updates you need right here. 

Additionally, there is free live commentary available on afcbTV, while we are also making history by being the first live Premier League game to be shown in full on the BBC! 

Other games that day

  • West Ham United0
    Wolverhampton Wanderers2
  • Watford1
    Leicester City1
  • Brighton and Hove Albion2

As it stood

1 Liverpool 29 +45 82
2 Manchester City 29 +40 60
3 Leicester City 30 +30 54
4 Chelsea 29 +12 48
5 Manchester United 30 +14 46
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 +9 46
7 Sheffield United 29 +5 44
8 Tottenham Hotspur 30 +7 42
9 Crystal Palace 30 -4 42
10 Arsenal 30 0 40
11 Burnley 29 -6 39
12 Everton 29 -9 37
13 Southampton 30 -14 37
14 Newcastle United 29 -16 35
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 30 -7 32
16 Watford 30 -17 28
17 West Ham United 30 -17 27
19 Aston Villa 29 -22 26
20 Norwich City 30 -30 21

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