Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Sunderland 0.
Bournemouth won their first Premier League game at home - a result that saw Sunderland slip to bottom place.
The home side took the lead early on through Callum Wilson, who fired in a low finish from Dan Gosling's pass.
Scot Matt Ritchie extended the advantage soon after with a stunning volley into the top corner of the net.
Sunderland's Fabio Borini struck a volley narrowly over in the second half, before team-mate Younes Kaboul was sent off for a second yellow.
Rivals Newcastle also lost but only by one goal and so the Black Cats go bottom on goal difference.
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Sunderland's shocking defence
With John O'Shea ruled out through illness, Kaboul and Sebastian Coates were in central defensive partnership for Sunderland.
There was no confidence shown from either player - they were panicking while in possession and shaky when called upon to do any defensive work. Every clearance up field was being picked off with ease and the pressure kept on coming.
Kaboul got a yellow in first half for bringing down Wilson and a hack on the same player in the second half saw him dismissed.
Man of the match - Distin's delightful debut
Bournemouth defender Sylvain Distin showed all his Premier League experience, limiting pacy striker Jermain Defoe to few chances and keeping composed with the ball at his feet.
The home side's solid defensive display laid the platform for their first clean sheet of the season, aided by striker Wilson's hard work up front.
The Englishman netted 20 goals for Bournemouth in their promotion campaign last term, and has started this season in similar vain, scoring five in as many games.
Wilson ran Kaboul and Coates ragged, while showing great composure with his finish in the fourth minute. His goals may be the key to whether Bournemouth stay up come the end of the season.
Ritchie's wonder strike
"I wont forget that goal in a hurry," said Ritchie. "The ball came down from quite a height, I managed to steady myself and got a sweet strike on it. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was good."
Manager Eddie Howe added: "It was a fantastic strike from Matty. He sets himself up but I don't think anyone saw the finish coming. It was sublime."
'We'll stay up'
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat: "The second half was better but you cannot do worse than the first half. We started the first half totally hopelessly. There was no sharpness. Me and the players have to look in the mirror.
"Two points after six games is not enough. Nice words is not enough, we have to do it a different way now. I am sure we will stay up though."
The stats you need to know
- Younes Kaboul was sent off for the sixth time in the Premier League
- Sunderland didn't manage a single shot on target after the 40th minute
- The Black Cats have now conceded 10 first-half goals in the league this season
- Advocaat's side are now on a nine-game winless streak in the league
- 3S Cook
- 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 90'minutes
- 4GoslingBooked at 80mins
- 24TomlinSubstituted forO'Kaneat 65'minutes
- 13C WilsonSubstituted forMurrayat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 15A Smith
- 2JonesBooked at 24mins
- 22CoatesBooked at 14mins
- 15KaboulBooked at 74mins
- 3van Aanholt
- 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forRodwellat 45'minutes
- 20ToivonenBooked at 85mins
- 9BoriniBooked at 63minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 72'minutes
- 18DefoeSubstituted forFletcherat 68'minutes
- Kevin Friend
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Sunderland 0.
Glenn Murray (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Glenn Murray (Bournemouth).
Yann M'Vila (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Bournemouth. Adam Smith tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Adam Smith (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.
Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Pugh.
Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.
Attempt missed. Billy Jones (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yann M'Vila following a set piece situation.
Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.
Offside, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Matt Ritchie is caught offside.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.
Ola Toivonen (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.