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Bournemouth 2-0 Aston Villa: Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore score in victory

By Lorraine McKennaBBC Sport
Kieffer Moore scores
Kieffer Moore started his career in the Conference South with Truro City in 2012 and Bournemouth became his 12th club in January

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 because there was blood on his shirt after a nosebleed. 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 a low ball into the box from Adam Smith, who had been 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.

Prior to that, 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.

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

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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. He had described the former Middlesbrough midfielder as "a big signing" after recruiting him for a fee reported to be about £10m, and Tavernier 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 playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who made his loan move from Barcelona permanent in May, was among those who were 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.

Not the result we came for - Gerrard

Player of the match

MooreKieffer Moore

with an average of 7.64

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number21Player nameMoore
    Average rating

    7.64

  2. Squad number10Player nameChristie
    Average rating

    7.64

  3. Squad number8Player nameLerma
    Average rating

    7.41

  4. Squad number16Player nameTavernier
    Average rating

    7.10

  5. Squad number33Player nameZemura
    Average rating

    7.10

  6. Squad number19Player nameStanislas
    Average rating

    7.09

  7. Squad number4Player nameL Cook
    Average rating

    7.08

  8. Squad number5Player nameKelly
    Average rating

    7.05

  9. Squad number6Player nameMepham
    Average rating

    6.99

  10. Squad number9Player nameSolanke
    Average rating

    6.99

  11. Squad number22Player namePearson
    Average rating

    6.96

  12. Squad number29Player nameBilling
    Average rating

    6.86

  13. Squad number15Player nameA Smith
    Average rating

    6.74

  14. Squad number1Player nameTravers
    Average rating

    6.72

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number1Player nameMartínez
    Average rating

    4.48

  2. Squad number31Player nameBailey
    Average rating

    4.46

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    4.38

  4. Squad number2Player nameCash
    Average rating

    4.26

  5. Squad number23Player namePhilippe Coutinho
    Average rating

    4.23

  6. Squad number44Player nameKamara
    Average rating

    4.15

  7. Squad number3Player nameDiego Carlos
    Average rating

    4.00

  8. Squad number10Player nameBuendía
    Average rating

    3.92

  9. Squad number9Player nameIngs
    Average rating

    3.86

  10. Squad number4Player nameKonsa
    Average rating

    3.84

  11. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey
    Average rating

    3.80

  12. Squad number27Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    3.78

  13. Squad number35Player nameArcher
    Average rating

    3.77

  14. Squad number11Player nameWatkins
    Average rating

    3.36

  15. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz
    Average rating

    2.91

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Travers
  • 8Lerma
  • 6Mepham
  • 5Kelly
  • 15A SmithBooked at 39mins
  • 22PearsonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forL Cookat 72'minutes
  • 29BillingBooked at 73mins
  • 33Zemura
  • 16TavernierSubstituted forChristieat 86'minutes
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forStanislasat 90+5'minutes
  • 21Moore

Substitutes

  • 4L Cook
  • 10Christie
  • 11Marcondes
  • 17Stacey
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Dembélé
  • 23Hill
  • 32Anthony
  • 40Dennis

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 3Santos Silva
  • 27Digne
  • 7McGinn
  • 44KamaraSubstituted forDouglas Luizat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 41J RamseyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBuendíaat 45'minutes
  • 31Bailey
  • 9IngsBooked at 23minsSubstituted forWatkinsat 66'minutes
  • 23CoutinhoSubstituted forArcherat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mings
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 10Buendía
  • 11Watkins
  • 16Chambers
  • 17Augustinsson
  • 18Young
  • 25Olsen
  • 35Archer
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
10,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces Dominic Solanke.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Leon Bailey.

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matty Cash (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Diego Carlos (Aston Villa).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Christie (Bournemouth).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth).

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa).

  20. Post update

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

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