A 3-1 win at Everton was not enough for Bournemouth to preserve their Premier League status, as West Ham's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa relegated them on the final day of the 2019/20 season.
A penalty was awarded early on for the Cherries, with referee Chris Kavanagh penalising Richarlison for handball. Up stepped Josh King, who fired the ball into the net to put his team in front. Just before half-time, the hosts equalised through Moise Kean - but their joy was short lived as Dominic Solanke rose highest to nod Diego Rico's free-kick past Jordan Pickford.
The second-half was more of an even contest, with Bournemouth fighting for their lives as their opponents pressed for a second leveller.
But they would go on to grab a third, as substitute Junior Stanislas curled in past Pickford - the goalkeeper failing to keep the ball out at his far post. The win is scant consolation for Eddie Howe and his players, who will now be playing in the Championship next season after five seasons in the top-flight.
Yet the win will be of little consolation for Eddie Howe and his players, who will now be playing in the Championship next season after five seasons in the top-flight.
Got to feel for Bournemouth, a great win today. Here’s hoping they keep Howe.— Aiden Beswick (@ABeswickSport) July 26, 2020
Key Talking Point
Everton came into the final game with little to play for, yet Carlo Ancelotti still named a strong lineup to finish the season.
But the Italian would have been disappointed with what he saw from his players in the first half, as they failed to seize the initiative and were very much second-best throughout. They allowed the Cherries to take control of midfield, and while they did equalise through Kean's tap-in, were pretty disappointing in the first 45 minutes.
Ancelotti's side looked brighter after the break, but the Toffees still looked ineffective in attack - forcing their manager to bring on Anthony Gordon and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in a bid to get back into the game.
At the back, they were sloppy and things were summed up by yet another mistake from Pickford in goal. On the back of today's performance, Ancelotti has a busy summer ahead of him.
Everton Player Ratings
Starting XI: Pickford (5); Coleman (6), Keane (6), Branthwaite (6), Digne (6); Gomes (5), Davies (5); Walcott (6), Sigurðsson (6), Richarlison (5); Kean (7*)
Substitutes: Gordon (6), Sidibé (6), Baines (7), Calvert-Lewin (6), Bernard (N/A)
On a disappointing afternoon for the Toffees, striker Moise Kean can at least be satisfied with netting his second Premier League goal for the club.
The Italian lacked service throughout the game and while unable to contribute further, will have shown Ancelotti that he has perhaps has a role to play in the future.
Moise Kean has scored his second ever Premier League goal for Everton, 188 days after netting his first for the club.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 26, 2020
Busting out the moves on the final day. ? pic.twitter.com/o1gRRqrZP0
Moise Kean has now scored on his last two starts for Everton...six months apart— Adam Jones (@Adam_Jones94) July 26, 2020
No-one in a blue shirt has deserved a goal more than him this afternoon
Key Talking Point
This was simply a do-or-die game for Bournemouth - win, and they had a chance of surviving, albeit with West Ham also needing to win against Aston Villa. Anything less and they would be headed for Championship football.
From the very start, Eddie Howe's side played with a furious intensity, pressing their opponents sharply and not giving them any time on the ball. While they were poor again in their defending for Kean's equaliser, they deserved their half-time lead - having easily looked the more threatening side. Josh King and Callum Wilson, in particular, making themselves a nuisance for the Toffees' defence.
With Everton improving after the break, the Cherries held on for dear life by getting men behind the ball. Their resolve was rewarded, with Stanislas' curled finish sealing a deserved win with just over ten minutes left on the clock.
Ultimately, Bournemouth will rue their poor defending throughout the season, which put them in such a perilous position.
Bournemouth Player Ratings
Starting XI: Ramsdale (6); Smith (6), Cook (6), Kelly (7), Rico (7); Brooks (6), Gosling (7), Lerma (6), King (8*); C Wilson (7), Solanke (7)
Substitutes: Stanislas (7), Billing (6), H Wilson (N/A)
Constantly tearing down Everton's right-hand side, Josh King was a constant menace for the Cherries going forward.
He took his first-half penalty very well and never stopped pressuring the Toffees' backline, while also causing problems with his pace and skill - so much so that Seamus Coleman was taken off for being unable to deal with the Norwegian.
I’d defo go and get Josh King if Bournemouth go down— Ant (@AntonyMay_) July 26, 2020
Source : 90min