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AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle United at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth

, Marcos Senesi ‘30'

Newcastle United

, Miguel Almirón ‘45'+2'
FT 11th February 2023 5:30 PM
Vitality Stadium

Cherries and Magpies again share the spoils

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Stuart Attwell

Honours finished even in a pulsating Premier League clash between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The Cherries and the Magpies repeated the 1-1 scoreline from St James’ Park in September with Gary O’Neil’s team pegged back by Eddie Howe’s side after again taking the lead.

Marcos Senesi opened the scoring when he arrived at the far post to prod the ball home from close range after Dango Ouattara had flicked on Hamed Traorè’s 30th-minute corner.

The visitors restored parity on the stroke of half-time when Miguel Almiron swept the loose ball past Neto after the Cherries goalkeeper had pulled off a great save to keep out Sean Longstaff’s shot.

Dominic Solanke almost won it for the Cherries in the closing stages when his backheel was cleared off the line by Kieran Trippier.

Solanke returned to the Cherries starting line-up as head coach Gary O’Neil made two changes following the 1-0 defeat at Brighton.

Solanke, who had missed the past three games due to a knee injury, replaced new signing Antoine Semenyo who was named among the Cherries substitutes.

Defender Jack Stephens, who sat out the defeat at Brighton after damaging his calf, was also restored to the starting line-up as Chris Mepham made way.

Marcus Tavernier and Ryan Fredericks both made welcome returns to the squad having not featured since the season resumed following the break for the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Chances were at a premium during a cagey opening with Fabian Schar heading Kieran Trippier’s 11th-minute corner wide of Neto’s right-hand post.

However, the Cherries tested Nick Pope, the Newcastle goalkeeper scrambling across his line to push away Solanke’s glancing header from Anthony’s pinpoint centre.

Solanke was unfortunate Dango Ouattara’s intended pass deflected of Magpies defender Sven Botman, otherwise the striker would have had a clear run on goal.

Ouattara, teed up by Traorè’s lovely pass, missed his kick as he looked to pick out Solanke before the Cherries stood firm to defend a couple of Newcastle corners.

Solanke’s piledriver was charged down by Dan Burn before Anthony fired well wide after cutting inside and trying his luck.

The Cherries drew first blood when Senesi timed his run to perfection, the defender arriving at the far post to convert his first goal in English football in the 30th minute.

Senesi ghosted in unmarked and tapped the ball home from close range after Ouattara had flicked a corner from Traorè into his path.

As the hosts went in search of a quickfire second goal, Pope was forced to gather Solanke’s header after the striker had met Ouattara’s inswinging cross.

It was his first goal since scoring for former club Feyenoord against Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals of last season’s Europa Conference League.

Neto saved comfortably after Alexander Isak had tried his luck, the Cherries goalkeeper powerless to prevent the visitors levelling on the stroke of half-time.

Despite pulling off a top-drawer save to keep out Sean Longstaff’s blistering drive, Neto could do nothing as Almiron followed up to slot the loose ball into the back of the net.

Phil Billing lifted a difficult chance wide of the target early in the second half before Longstaff’s low drive through a crowd of players was scooped up by Neto.

Goalscorer Senesi was replaced by Mepham seven minutes after the restart, the Argentinian leaving the pitch holding his back.

Allan Saint-Maximin danced across the top of the Cherries’ 18-yard box before blazing an effort into the Ted MacDougall Stand.

Tavernier came on for Anthony midway through the second half, the summer signing’s first taste of action since the 3-0 win over Everton in November.

And after being picked out by Traorè, Tavernier was unable to get a firm shot away, his effort saved comfortably by Pope.

The Cherries had a let-off after 70 minutes when Neto spilled an effort by Saint-Maximin before smothering Longstaff’s follow-up shot, Gordon arriving to prod the loose ball past the post.

Referee Stuart Attwell was unmoved when Traorè’s cross appeared to strike the hand of Longstaff before a double substitution saw Ouattara and Smith replaced by Semenyo and Fredericks.

Isak’s shot was blocked by Mepham before Traorè’s free-kick failed to trouble Pope as it sailed over the crossbar.

The Cherries thought they had won it late on when Solanke’s backheel from Traorè’s cross was cleared off the line by Trippier, the ball within a whisker of going in.

AFC Bournemouth: Neto, Smith (Fredericks, 79), Stephens, Senesi (Mepham, 52), Zemura, Lerma, Billing, Ouattara (Semenyo, 79), Traorè, Solanke, Anthony (Tavernier, 63).

Unused subs: Christie, Rothwell, Viña, Moore, Travers (g/k). 

Booked: Smith, Stephens.

Newcastle United: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Willock (Gordon, 36), S Longstaff, Joelinton, Almiron (Murphy, 81), Isak, Saint-Maximin (Anderson, 85).

Unused subs: Dummett, Ritchie, Fraser, Miley, Lewis, Dubravka (g/k).

Booked: Gordon, Botman, Joelinton.

Referee: Stuart Attwell.

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