FULL-TIME: A thumping victory for Bournemouth who all but confirm their Premier League safety. Boro are as good as down.
- 2nd Half
- FraserJunior Stanislas73'
- 1st Half
- de RoonFábio38'
Bournemouth - Middlesbrough
Premier League - 23 April 2017
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Two minutes of added time to be played.
MISS! The ball drops to Mousset inside the Boro penalty area but the Bournemouth substitute blasts it over the bar. It was a sitter.
Into the last five minutes and Bournemouth are cruising here. As it stands the Cherries will move into 12th place, on 38 points - and more importantly, seven points above the drop.
BOURNEMOUTH SUB: Lys Mousset replaces King.
Boro fans are singing 'we're going to win 5-4'. They've barely scored five goals this season. An exaggeration, but you know what I mean.
BORO SUB: Third and final change for the visitors as Gestede replaces Negredo.
Ridiculous stuff as Fabio takes down Pugh and then ridiculously complains to the referee when a free-kick is awarded.
CHANCE! Pugh fizzes a deadly ball across the face of goal but neither King or Afobe can apply the finish.
A sarcastic laugh from Negredo as he goes down dramatically holding his face but the referee opts to give the home side the free-kick. It hasn't been Boro's day, or season.
BOURNEMOUTH SUB: A standing ovation for Fraser who is replaced by Stanislas.
GOAL - Daniels makes it four with a fine goal. It's taken short to the midfielder who dribbles past a challenge before smashing the ball past a helpless Guzan.
Pugh is enjoying a fine game and he's just won Bournemouth a free-kick, 25 yards out. Daniels is over the ball...
The Middlesbrough fans are still singing loud and proud. Fantastic support, despite their side being absolutely pitiful.
YELLOW CARD: Boro's frustration is threatening to boil over as Ayala goes into the book for quite a reckless challenge.
GOAL - Pugh marks his 250th appearance for his club with a goal, and it's a cracking one too. Boro, again, concede possession needlessly in midfield, the ball is played to Pugh who cuts inside and curls the ball into the top corner.
SAVE! Fraser lets fly from 25 yards but Guzan is equal to it as the Boro goalkeeper pushes it out for a corner.
Fraser opts to cross the free-kick into the Boro penalty area but the visitors clear - just about.
Friend, on a yellow card, commits a ridiculous foul and somehow escapes a second booking. Bournemouth have a chance to test Guzan from a free-kick, 25 yards out. Fraser is over the ball.
Negredo is the only Boro player in the home side's penalty area as a cross is sent in and Boruc is easily able to gather.
YELLOW CARD: An accumulation of fouls from Friend is eventually punished as the Boro full-back goes into the book.
Cook unloads from 20 yards but it's another routine stop for Guzan.
CHANCE! Afobe should score. The Bournemouth striker can't ask for a better cross from Francis but he can only send it straight at Guzen from a few yards out.
Bournemouth have dropped 20 points from winning positions thus far this season - but there's little chance of them surrendering today.
Better from Boro as they win their third corner of the game. Downing to take, but it's slightly overhit and Bournemouth survive.
Downing has the ball in the Bournemouth half but the only player in support is the defender Fabio! Negredo is down injured - he's taken a knock.
Fraser slices wide as Bournemouth up the ante in the second-half. The Cherries put six past Hull earlier in the season - can they celebrate a similar number this afternoon?
Downing loops a corner to the far post where Gibson leaps highest but the defender's header is always going over the bar.
The second-half has been rather uneventful. Boro win a corner though, something for the visiting fans to cheer.
Is there any fight in this Boro side? The next 45 minutes will be revealing.
We're underway in the second-half.
HALF-TIME: Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough.
Bournemouth make a mess of clearing from a Boro cross, the loose ball sits up nicely for Chambers who slices his shot well wide of the goal.
Three minutes to be added on at the end of the first-half.
Boro fans sing the name of Ugo Ehiogu as part of the club's tributes to their former defender who died at the age of 44 this week.
BOURNEMOUTH SUB: An injury to Gosling, who only returned today after missing the last three games, forces Eddie Howe into his first change of the game. Lewis Cook is his replacement.
Bournemouth are cruising here, absolutely cruising. They started seven points ahead of the drop zone before kick-off and you'd imagine a win today will secure their survival for another season.
Gosling plays through King who initially gets the better of Gibson but the young Boro defender makes a recovery and gets a foot in at the crucial moment. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
They've already made two subs but Boro will have to keep an eye now on Clayton who looks in some pain after a collision.
Boro gift the Cherries possession - again! This time it's Chambers who plays a square pass across his back four but the hosts can't capitalise on this occasion.
The corner is taking short but eventually comes to nothing. Boro are now playing with a 4-4-1 formation.
The Bournemouth onslaught continues. Daniels curls an inviting cross to the back post for Afobe but Friend climbs slightly higher and diverts the ball out for a corner. Meanwhile, Fabio does indeed replace De Roon who cannot continue.
Friend is fortunate not to be booked after he brings down Fraser with a rugby tackle! Perhaps the referee is taking a little pity on Middlesbrough.
Actually, De Roon has made his way back onto the pitch. He may be able to continue here.
De Roon limps off the pitch for some treatment and Fabio is preparing to come on. What a disastrous afternoon for the Teessiders.
King is quicker to the ball than De Roon, shows him a clean pair of heels but the subsequent attack eventually peters out. Boro's midfielder appears to have picked up an injury in the incident and he may well be replaced here.
FINE SAVE! Negredo does well to take the ball down and tee up De Roon whose half-volley from 20 yards forces Boruc into a good stop. The visitors win their first corner of the game.
Pugh gets the better of Downing but pushes the ball slightly too far and it rolls out for a goal-kick. The Bournemouth players are up for this, Boro are not.
Arter appears to have gone over on his left ankle - and he may have to be replaced here.
The space opens up for Arter, 25 yards out, the fans yell shoot and the Irishman obliges. But it's well wide.
- OffAntonio BarragánMiddlesbrough
- OnAdam ForshawMiddlesbrough
BORO SUB: Steve Agnew makes a change in response to the red card - Adam Forshaw replaces Barragan.
Two goals down and now a man short - this is really embarrassing for Middlesbrough.
- Red cardGastón RamírezMiddlesbrough
RED CARD: Dear, oh dear Middlesbrough - Ramirez has been sent off and the visitors are down to 10 men. The Uruguayan is shown his marching orders for a ridiculous challenge on Pugh at Bournemouth's corner flag.
It should be THREE! Arter, again, nicks possession from the visitors deep inside their own half before playing through King who flashes a shot wide of the goal. Boro are all over the place.
SAVE! Negredo, Boro's top goalscorer with eight goals, tries an effort from distance but it's straight at Boruc.
- GoalBenik AfobeBournemouth
GOAL - It's all too easy for Bournemouth as Afobe doubles the home side's advantage.
Arter steals the ball as Boro are caught in possession on the edge of their own penalty, he plays through Afobe who slots the ball into the back of the net.
A bad start to the afternoon has just got worse for Boro fans as the news that Swansea have taken the lead over Stoke filters in.
YELLOW CARD: This is really, really embarrassing from Ramirez. The Boro playmaker makes his way into the penalty area but then throws himself to the ground, claiming he was fouled by Francis. The referee simply has no option to book the Uruguay international there. Pathetic.
Down at the other end and Cook tries to thread a through ball to King but Friend reads the situation well and makes the interception.
First bit of quality from Boro - Ramirez curls a cross to the back post where Negredo was waiting but the Uruguayan puts slightly too much on the ball and it rolls out for a goal-kick.
Boro finally get out of their own half with Negredo in possession but the Spaniard has little support in attack and eventually loses the ball to Arter.
STAT: Bournemouth have never lost at home to Middlesbrough in a league fixture, although four of the six meetings have been drawn.
The visitors are set up in a 3-5-2 system but you'd imagine Steve Agnew will change that formation very promptly following the early set-back. Bournemouth continue to come forward in numbers.
The worst possible start for Boro - they have only taken two points from losing positions all season. It could be a long, long afternoon for the travelling supporters.
- GoalJoshua KingBournemouth
GOAL! Bournemouth are ahead.
Marc Pugh, on his 250th appearance for the club, gets to the byline all too easily and squares a pass for Josh King who is left with a simple tap-in and celebrates his 14th goal of the season.
KICK-OFF: A beautiful day at the Vitality Stadium, so let's get going. The hosts get us underway.
Players and supporters join together in a minute's applause for Ugo Ehiogu...
Right, it's only five minutes to kick-off so we're nearly there. It's a pivotal afternoon at the bottom of the Premier League with Swansea and Hull also playing at 3pm so we'll do our very best to keep you up to date on their scores.
PRE-MATCH STAT: Middlesbrough could beat a side home and away in the Premier League for the first time this season, having been 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture in October.
This is really special, well done Cherries.
Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew: "Of course it is a big week and of course it's a massive game. But you have to enjoy it and that's the only way I know, that's what the players and staff know.
"They are all relishing the game on Saturday. You do need wins and that's what we have missed, and that's what we need from now on in.
"Yes, you need to be hard to beat and continue to be difficult to beat, but equally you need a goal to take the three points we need."
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I'm not going to say that one win will make us safe but we're very motivated to win this game.
"We were on a really good run before playing the top two. We knew how hard this run was going to be but we've come out mainly unscathed after it.
"It's about us from our perspective, how well we attack the game and how our minds are focused on doing what we want to do. We know our jobs and know how important the game is."
Tributes will be made to former Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu before kick-off. The 44-year-old, who won the League Cup with Boro in 2004, was taken to hospital after collapsing on Thursday and passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.
DID YOU KNOW? Today's game will be the first top-flight meeting between the teams on the south coast, with the Cherries looking to gain revenge for their 2-0 Riverside loss earlier this campaign.
The Cherries, meanwhile, are striving to end a winless run of four games and defeat this afternoon could send them into some trouble. Eddie Howe's side are currently seven points ahead of 18th but things could quite jittery if they lose their third consecutive game today.
With only six games remaining Boro remain in a precarious position and haven't won a league game since before Christmas. However, a much needed victory - which would be their first in 16 away games - could take them to within three points of safety with a game in hand over their rivals Hull and Swansea.
The return of defender Calum Chambers is a major boost for Middlesbrough manager Steve Agnew who also makes two changes to his team. The Arsenal loanee replaces the injured Fabio while George Friend takes the place of Grant Leadbitter.
Eddie Howe make two changes to his Bournemouth line-up with Dan Gosling making his first appearance since the start of April as he replaces Jack Wilshere, whose season was ended by a hairline fracture of his left fibula away at White Hart Lane.
AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, S Cook, Daniels, Fraser, Gosling, Arter, Pugh, King, Afobe. Subs: Allsop, Mings, Cargill, L Cook, Stanislas, Gradel, Mousset.
Middlesbrough: Guzan, Barragan, Chambers, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Clayton, De Roon, Downing, Ramirez, Negredo. Subs: Dimi, Fabio, Bernardo, Forshaw, Traore, Stuani, Gestede.
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