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Posted Tue 16 Sep 14 at 21:35 PM

AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Leeds United

Andrew Surman’s sixth minute strike wasn’t enough as AFC Bournemouth were beaten 3-1 by Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship.

Finishing with a well-placed effort, it was Surman’s first strike for the club since December 2005.

It appeared the Cherries would go on to extend their lead, but just one goal separated the two sides up until the hour mark.

Although they created few chances, Leeds were still in the game and pulled themselves level in the 67th minute through Souleymaine Doukara.

The home side pushed for another goal, only to find themselves restricted to a number of long range shots.

However, it was the Whites who took the lead, with defender Guiseppe Bellusci stepping up to score a stunning free-kick in the final ten minutes.

Marco Antenucci then added a third for Leeds, finishing off a last minute counter attack in clinical fashion.

Just as they did in the corresponding fixture last season, the Cherries started at a frantic pace and both Ryan Fraser and Steve Cook went close early on.

In the end, it took just six minutes for them to open the scoring through Surman. The ball broke for the returning midfielder on the edge of the area and he converted in style with a fantastic left-footed finish.

They certainly weren’t letting up and Matt Ritchie saw two efforts saved, including a fine stop at full-stretch to tip the ball behind for a corner.

A speculative and wayward drive from Leeds midfielder Tommaso Bianchi was about as good as it got for the visitors in the first half.

Although there were less clear chances, the second period had a more frenetic feel. Ritchie appeared to have a good claim for a foul on the edge of the box.

However, referee Andy D’Urso waved played on and the Cherries held on to their lead until the 65th minute.

Doukara got free of his marker and managed to squeeze his strike just beyond the reach of Lee Camp in front of the travelling fans.

Billy Sharp had a chance moments later in a similar position, but saw the ball roll wide and behind for a goal kick.

Having seen Harry Arter and Ritchie try their luck unsuccessfully from distance, Bellusci completed the turn around with an inch perfect free-kick in the dying moments.

Yann Kermorgant had a header saved in a late rally, which also saw Adam Smith and Brett Pitman come off the bench.

However, Antenucci held his nerve after going one-on-one with Camp in the final minute to make it 3-1.

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte (Smith 87), Ritchie, Arter (Pitman 87), Surman, Fraser (Stanislas 69), Kermorgant, Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Flahavan, Daniels, O’Kane, Pugh.

Goal: Surman (6)

Leeds United: Silvestri, Berardi, Bellusci, Pearce, Warnock (Cooper 76), Cook, Austin, Bianchi, Doukara, Sharp (Bryam 76), Antenucci.

Unused substitutes: S Taylor, Wootton, Tonge, Sloth, Adryan.

Booked: Bellusci

Goals: Doukara (67), Bellusci (81), Antenucci (90)

Attendance: 9,307 (including 1,390 Leeds supporters)

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