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Bournemouth beat Villa on return to top flight

Published on: 06 August 2022

Jefferson Lerma gave Bournemouth an early lead against Villa

Bournemouth marked their return to the Premier League with a confident opening-weekend victory over Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries took the lead on three minutes - with Villa temporarily down to 10 men as left-back Lucas Digne was off the pitch to remove jewellery. Debutant Marcus Tavernier's corner was headed down by Lloyd Kelly for Jefferson Lerma to fire home.

They should have taken a two-goal lead into the interval but Kieffer Moore was unable to meet Adam Smith's low ball into the box, which was played through by the excellent Dominic Solanke.

Wales international Moore, who at the age of 29 was making his debut in the top flight, eventually doubled the home side's lead with a commanding header on 80 minutes after Kelly played a dangerous cross back into Villa's area.

Danny Ings had a shot saved by Cherries keeper Mark Travers and new Villa captain John McGinn saw a long-range drive go high and wide, but it was debutant Boubacar Kamara who had gone closest to an equaliser for the visitors.

The French midfielder - a free transfer from Marseille - found himself in space and unleashed a right-footed effort from 30 yards that just went wide of Travers' post.

Championship runners-up Bournemouth visit defending Premier League champions Manchester City next, while Villa welcome Everton.

Cherries delight, Villa disappointed

Bournemouth are likely to face a tough task to avoid relegation in their first season back in the Premier League but for now, at least, boss Scott Parker can be pleased with the spirit shown by his team in front of their home supporters.

After signing a four-year extension to stay until the summer of 2026, Solanke offered the same physical presence up front that saw him contribute 29 goals to the Cherries' promotion campaign last season.

A promising debut by new recruit Tavernier should also satisfy Parker. The former Middlesbrough midfielder was described as "a big signing" by Parker after arriving for a fee reported to be about £10m, and he was an attacking threat in support of Solanke and former non-league striker Moore.

Conversely, there was little to impress Villa manager Steven Gerrard.

They were sluggish from the off and the likes of playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who made a permanent move to Villa Park in May after a successful loan spell from Barcelona, was largely anonymous.

The chances for Kamara and Ings gave the travelling supporters minor moments of excitement, but Gerrard will be hoping this is just a bump in the road and not a continuation of their poor run at the end of last season, which finished with only two wins from 11 games.

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Player of the match

MooreKieffer Moore

with an average of 7.64

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AFC BournemouthAvgSquad number21Player nameMooreAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameChristieAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameLermaAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameTavernierAverage rating


Squad number33Player nameZemuraAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameStanislasAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameL CookAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameKellyAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameMephamAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameSolankeAverage rating


Squad number22Player namePearsonAverage rating


Squad number29Player nameBillingAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameA SmithAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameTraversAverage rating


Aston VillaAvgSquad number1Player nameMartínezAverage rating


Squad number31Player nameBaileyAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameMcGinnAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameCashAverage rating


Squad number23Player namePhilippe CoutinhoAverage rating


Squad number44Player nameKamaraAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameDiego CarlosAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameBuendíaAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameIngsAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameKonsaAverage rating


Squad number41Player nameJ RamseyAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameDigneAverage rating


Squad number35Player nameArcherAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameWatkinsAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameDouglas LuizAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 5-3-2

1Travers15A Smith8Lerma6Mepham5Kelly33Zemura22Pearson29Billing16Tavernier21Moore9Solanke

    1Travers15A SmithBooked at 39mins8Lerma6Mepham5Kelly33Zemura22PearsonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forL Cookat 72'minutes29BillingBooked at 73mins16TavernierSubstituted forChristieat 86'minutes21Moore9SolankeSubstituted forStanislasat 90+5'minutes


    4L Cook10Christie11Marcondes17Stacey19Stanislas20Dembélé23Hill32Anthony40Dennis

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

1Martínez2Cash4Konsa3Santos Silva27Digne7McGinn44Kamara41J Ramsey31Bailey9Ings23Coutinho

    1Martínez2Cash4Konsa3Santos Silva27Digne7McGinn44KamaraSubstituted forDouglas Luizat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins41J RamseyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBuendíaat 45'minutes31Bailey9IngsBooked at 23minsSubstituted forWatkinsat 66'minutes23CoutinhoSubstituted forArcherat 82'minutes


    5Mings6Douglas Luiz10Buendía11Watkins16Chambers17Augustinsson18Young25Olsen35Archer

Referee:Peter BankesMatch StatsHome TeamBournemouthAway TeamAston VillaPossessionHome34%Away66%ShotsHome7Away15Shots on TargetHome3Away2CornersHome5Away5FoulsHome18Away16Live TextPost update

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Aston Villa 0.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Aston Villa 0.


Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces Dominic Solanke.

90'+4'Post update

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Leon Bailey.


Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

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Ryan Christie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Matty Cash (Aston Villa).

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Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'Post update

Foul by Diego Carlos (Aston Villa).

89'Post update

Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'Post update

Lucas Digne (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'Post update

Foul by Ryan Christie (Bournemouth).

88'Post update

Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88'Post update

Foul by Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth).

87'Post update

Matty Cash (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'Post update

Foul by Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth).


Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Christie replaces Marcus Tavernier because of an injury.

84'Post update

Foul by Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa).

84'Post update

Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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