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Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 2

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Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke in action with Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic. Photo: Ian Walton/Pool via Reuters

Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke in action with Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic. Photo: Ian Walton/Pool via Reuters

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Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke in action with Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic. Photo: Ian Walton/Pool via Reuters

Bournemouth's relegation fears increased after Crystal Palace secured a comfortable win thanks to goals from captain Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew.

The first Premier League fixture broadcast live on the BBC was one to forget for Eddie Howe's side, who suffered a fourth defeat in five games. It leaves the Cherries in the bottom three and with a tricky run of matches to come, the future looks bleak for the south coast club.

For Roy Hodgson's Palace, they made it four straight victories - albeit the most recent before this was 105 days ago - with a professional display to throw their name into the hat when it comes to European qualification.

Wilfried Zaha won a free-kick after contact from David Brooks and it provided Milivojevic with the chance to open the scoring.

The Serbian curled over the wall and despite Aaron Ramsdale getting a hand to it, the shot hit the crossbar and went in for the first top-flight goal shown live on the BBC since March 1988.

Bournemouth responded initially with Callum Wilson heading over Brooks' cross but by the midway point of the first half the Eagles had extended their advantage.

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Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas in action with Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic. Photo: Michael Steele/Pool via Reuters

Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas in action with Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic. Photo: Michael Steele/Pool via Reuters

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Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas in action with Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic. Photo: Michael Steele/Pool via Reuters

Zaha spotted the overlapping run of Patrick Van Aanholt on the left and he found Ayew, who side-footed home in the 23rd minute for his ninth goal of the season.

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Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke (left) and Bournemouth's Nathan Ake battle for the ball. Photo: Will Oliver/PA Wire/NMC Pool

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke (left) and Bournemouth's Nathan Ake battle for the ball. Photo: Will Oliver/PA Wire/NMC Pool

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Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke (left) and Bournemouth's Nathan Ake battle for the ball. Photo: Will Oliver/PA Wire/NMC Pool

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Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic scores from a free kick. Photo: Ian Walton/Pool via Reuters

Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic scores from a free kick. Photo: Ian Walton/Pool via Reuters

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Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic scores from a free kick. Photo: Ian Walton/Pool via Reuters

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