Chelsea have fallen to a first defeat at Stamford Bridge since September with a shock 3-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth this evening.
Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and former Blues defender Nathan Ake got the goals for The Cherries on a dismal evening for the home side.
The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges and Simon Francis fired an effort wide before Stanislas tested returning Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois. Jordan Ibe also went close to scoring as Eddie Howe’s men searched for the game’s first goal.
Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso then all failed to hit the target with efforts for Chelsea as the first half ended goalless.
AFC Bournemouth grabbed a shock lead six minutes after the break when Ibe fed the ball to Wilson who beat Courtois will a shot from inside the box.
Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko then recorded Chelsea’s first shots of the evening on target either side of Lewis Cook’s effort which went agonisingly over the bar.
Just after the hour, disaster struck for The Blues when AFC Bournemouth grabbed a second goal. Stanislas was given too much space and the player rifled the ball into the net from six yards. Two soon turned to three when Chelsea failed to defend a corner kick and former Blues defender Ake struck the ball into the net.
Antonio Conte’s men finally mustered a response late on but while a number of half chances fell their way, their reaction was a timid one. Pedro, Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi all forced saves from Begovic but The Cherries held their own to record a stunning 3-0 away win.