Bournemouth Stun Chelsea After VAR Drama  (Sky Sports)

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Dan Gosling celebrates his goalBournemouth recorded a shock 1-0 win at Chelsea for their under-pressure manager Eddie Howe as VAR came to the fore late on to award Dan Gosling's winning goal.

Gosling's looping effort (84) was originally disallowed for offside by the referee but a VAR check revealed that it was Dominic Solanke that was in an offside position and, as he was not interfering with play, the goal was given.

The Cherries had to rely on their goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, to make some crucial stops but Chelsea rarely carried the quality in the final third. Frank Lampard's men have now lost four of their last five Premier League games and are now looking over their shoulders in the race for the top four.

Meanwhile, this win broke a run of five straight defeats for Howe, who were without a number of key players through injury, including Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson.

How Chelsea were stifled by Howe masterclass

There were worried looks on the Bournemouth bench in the opening stages as Ryan Fraser went down holding his knee after a bright start from the visitors. He managed to run the knock off and was asked to do plenty of defending without the ball as Chelsea dominated possession and territory.

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Frank Lampard made three changes from Chelsea’s last Premier League clash against Everton. Antonio Rudiger came in for just his second Premier League appearance of the season after returning in midweek from a groin problem.

Eddie Howe made four changes as injury problems continue to plague the Cherries. Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson both were missing while Arnaut Groeneveld and Dominic Solanke also dropped out. Josh King returned after missing the last four games.

For all their ball retention, chances were at a premium with Tammy Abraham providing the best moment of the half when slamming a close-range effort into the side netting.

Perhaps the way Bournemouth handled Chelsea's threat in the opening 45 minutes gave them confidence that a result might be possible after the break. With Fraser and Josh King finding more space, it was the visitors that looked the more dangerous. However, King was denied a clear strike on goal by a brilliant Kurt Zouma challenge before Gosling was inches away from getting onto a cut back from the Norwegian.

Despite registering 18 shots on goal in the game, Chelsea did lack guile in and around the box, however, they really should have taken the lead on 73 minutes. A spot of head tennis in the Bournemouth box dropped perfectly for Emerson from six yards out, but his header was straight at Ramsdale who clawed the ball to safety.

Frustration levels were now off the chart for the hosts as they continued to waste good possession with sloppy play in the final third. And they were made to pay with seven minutes remaining.

A corner was cleared to the edge of the box and turned back into the danger zone where Gosling got ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga and looped an effort into the net despite a last ditch clearance from Cesar Azpilicueta.

However, referee Graham Scott blew for offside as the linesman had his flag raised. Bournemouth ran back to defend the free-kick but the VAR check sent them into raptures as it showed that Solanke, not Gosling, was the man offside and the goal was awarded.

Ramsdale was called into action in stoppage time to push clear at Mateo Kovacic effort but it was a tame response from Chelsea, who have yet to take a point from any games where they have fallen behind this season.

What the managers said...

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We needed that - it's the best we've fought and competed. And the most desire I've seen from the group - I don't think there's been a lack of effort but things have been going against us. We looked a threat in the second half. Everyone gave everything.

"We're delighted the VAR call went in our favour. You are just waiting for the decision - I was well aware of the importance of that moment. We needed a bit of luck. It could be a moment to turn our fortunes around."

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Since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2015, no side has won more top-flight away games against Chelsea than Bournemouth (3, level with Liverpool).

Chelsea have lost two of their last three Premier League home games (W1), as many as they had in their previous 28 at Stamford Bridge (W16 D10 L2).

Having scored in 14 consecutive home league games, Chelsea have now failed to score in two of their last three at Stamford Bridge.

What's next?

Chelsea have an exciting London derby to look forward to next Sunday against Tottenham, live on Sky Sports, while Bournemouth host Burnley next Saturday at 3pm.

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Chelsea Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, Zouma, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho (Batshuayi 78), Mount, Willian (Hudson-Odoi 65), Abraham, Pulisic (Kovacic 65)
Subs Not Used Caballero, Christensen, James, Pedro
Booked Kovacic

AFC Bournemouth Ramsdale, Stacey, Francis (c), Mepham, Rico, Billing, Lerma, L. Cook, Gosling, Fraser, King (Solanke 75)
Subs Not Used Boruc, Surman, Simpson, Kilkenny, Dobre, Stanislas, Solanke
Booked Cook, Gosling
Goals Gosling 84

Attendance 40,243

Referee Graham Scott

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