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AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


AFC Bournemouth

, Justin Kluivert ‘64'


, Cody Gakpo ‘31' , Darwin Núñez ‘70'
FT 1st November 2023 7:45 PM
Vitality Stadium

Kluivert off the mark in narrow cup defeat

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

John Brooks

Justin Kluivert bagged his first goal for AFC Bournemouth as they exited the Carabao Cup at the hands of nine-time winners Liverpool on Wednesday.

Kluivert marked his return to the starting line-up by drawing the Cherries level with a stooping header from an Alex Scott corner midway through the second half.

It was sandwiched by goals from Cody Gakpo and Darwin Núñez as the competition record holders progressed to the quarter-finals.

Although the Cherries had the better of the first-half chances, Liverpool reached the break leading 1-0 thanks to Gakpo’s 31st-minute goal.

However, Iraola’s team were rewarded for their endeavours when Kluivert levelled with a close-range header midway through the second half.

But Núñez came off the bench to grab a stunning winner, the Uruguay international’s blistering drive coming 20 minutes from time.

Caoimhin Kelleher was the first goalkeeper called into action, the Republic of Ireland international saving Kluivert’s volley after he had been picked out by Ryan Christie’s cross.

And Kelleher again had to be on his toes after Kluivert had nicked the ball off Dominik Szoboszlai, the Dutchman’s angled drive parried by the Liverpool goalkeeper.

While the Reds enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the early stages, the Cherries created the better of the chances with Christie firing wide after Antoine Semenyo had rolled the ball into his path.

Cherries goalkeeper Andrei Radu got down smartly to smother Harvey Elliott’s shot from close range before Philip Billing threw himself in front of Wataru Endō’s piledriver.

Kluivert’s excellent close control led to him teeing up a shooting opportunity for Milos Kerkez, the defender firing tamely into the grateful arms of Kelleher.

Liverpool opened the scoring when Gakpo, foiled initially by Radu, followed up to poke the ball home after Elliott’s effort had fallen for him in the 31st minute.

As the Reds looked for a quick second, Mohamed Salah drilled a shot straight down Radu’s throat before Szoboszlai’s fierce effort flashed past the upright.

Semenyo, who netted against Liverpool at Anfield in August, saw his left-foot shot saved low down by Kelleher as the Cherries went in search of an equaliser.

Cherries midfielder Alex Scott fired narrowly over the crossbar after trying his luck from around 25 yards at the start of the second half.

Solanke shot into the side netting from a tight angle before Joe Gomez was forced to clear Scott’s inswinging corner off the line.

Cherries’ appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears after Kluivert’s shot had struck Liverpool defender Joël Matip before Salah fired wide from Elliott’s centre.

As the Cherries continued to press for an equaliser, Semenyo’s venomous strike from Kluivert’s delicate pass flashed past the post before Marcus Tavernier’s thunderous drive was tipped over the crossbar by Kelleher.


Kluivert restored parity when he ghosted in at the far post to nod Scott’s corner into the back of the net after 64 minutes, his first goal for the club.

But substitute Núñez unleashed an unstoppable drive past Radu from an acute angle as the visitors regained the lead just six minutes later.

Despite a late flurry, the Cherries were unable to fashion a second equaliser and the Reds booked their place in the quarter-finals.

AFC Bournemouth: Radu, Smith (Aarons, 81), Mepham, Zabarnyi, Kerkez, Scott (Moore, 81), Billing (Tavernier, 61), Christie, Semenyo (Brooks, 74), Solanke, Kluivert (Traorè, 74).

Unused subs: Senesi, Ouattara, Rothwell, Plain (g/k).

Booked: Kerkez, Scott.

Liverpool: Kelleher, Gomez, Endō (Alexander-Arnold, 61), Szoboszlai (Gravenberch, 76), Salah, Jones (Mac Allister, 61), Gakpo (Jota, 82), Elliott (Núñez, 60), Tsimikas, Matip, Quansah.

Unused subs: Van Dijk, Konaté, Scanlon, Adrián (g/k).

Booked: Gakpo.

Referee: John Brooks.

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