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Chelsea Earn Win Over Bournemouth To Clinch European Place

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A magnificent lobbed goal from the halfway line by Moises Caicedo and a twisting effort from Raheem Sterling earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in their last Premier League game on Sunday and a place in European competition next season.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto rushed out of his area in the 17th minute to stop a fast advancing Sterling but his clearance dropped to Caicedo and the Ecuadorean lobbed a perfect shot from the halfway line straight into the net for his first Chelsea goal. Two minutes into the second half, Sterling doubled the lead rounding two defenders before slipping the ball through Neto’s legs at the near post. But barely a minute later Bournemouth got one back when Enes Unal’s shot took a big deflection off Benoit Badiashile into the Chelsea net.

The result means Chelsea finish sixth in the table, earning a place in the Europa League if champions Manchester City win the FA Cup final next weekend or the Europa Conference League, if Manchester United beat their city rivals.