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

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Fulham

, Bobby De Cordova-Reid ‘6' , Rodrigo Muniz ‘36' , Rodrigo Muniz ‘52'
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AFC Bournemouth

, Marcos Senesi ‘50'
FT 10th February 2024 3:00 PM
Craven Cottage
#AFCB

Cherries undone in the capital

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Attendance:
24271
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Darren England

Read all about AFC Bournemouth's match with Fulham in the Premier League.

A Rodrigo Muniz double saw Fulham beat AFC Bournemouth 3-1 at a rainy Craven Cottage.

The Cherries found themselves 2-0 down and gave themselves a chance five minutes after the interval when Marco Senesi superbly fired home his third goal of the season.

But two minutes later, Muniz netted and secured three points for the home side, with the result leaving Andoni Iraola's men dropped a place to 13th in the Premier League table.

Alex Scott and Marcus Tavernier were recalled to the starting lineup in place of Justin Kluivert and Antoine Semenyo, with new signing Enes Ünal joining them amongst the substitutes following his arrival in midweek. 

The visiting support was in full voice for the team in the opening stages of the match, hoping the Cherries would score early for the fourth game in a row, but through a stroke of misfortune for Lewis Cook, it was the hosts who opened the scoring inside five minutes.

Muniz received the ball from Pereira on the right wing, with the cross from the right deflected into the path of Cook, who slipped when trying to clear the ball from the penalty area. De Cordova-Reid ran on to the loose ball to strike past a stranded Neto.

The Cherries skipper prevented the deficit from doubling just a few minutes later, getting down superbly to thwart Willian from close range.

The visitors bounced back though and were - as ever - relentless in their pressing of the Fulham defenders on the ball, and midway through the first half Ryan Christie was the first to pounce on a loose ball following pressure from Scott and Luis Sinisterra. The trio combined nicely but the latter dragged his shot wide of the near post having entered the box.

Sinisterra, starting the match 24 hours after signing permanently for the club, also had the next effort on goal. Illia Zabarnyi's sweeping long-range ball found the Colombian winger, whose powerful effort was well-saved by Bernd Leno in goal.

From the resulting corner, Solanke timed a run from the back post to meet the brilliant Marcus Tavernier cross as the first man. His controlled half-volley rose agonisingly too high for Leno to be called into action again.

And shortly after, Muniz made it two for the hosts with ten minutes to go in the first half. Willian's deep ball was headed back across goal by De Cordova-Reid and the striker was first to the ball, poking it past Neto from two yards.

Bournemouth heads didn’t drop, however, and Iraola's side came close to pulling one back before the interval. Scott and Sinisterra combined well again, before Tavernier's first-time strike across goal flew past the far post. Moments later, Sinisterra fired a ball across goal from a tight angle, before Scott's well-struck effort from range went closest of the three.

As the half entered seven minutes of added time, Neto again stopped the hosts from extending their lead when standing tall to block a Robinson shot. His overlapping run met Willian's ball to put him through on goal.

The second half started perfectly for the Cherries as Senesi pulled one back following a period of attacking pressure. Solanke headed a deep corner back towards the centre-back, before a sublime turn and finish halved the deficit.

The celebrations were to be short-lived, however, as Muniz immediately restored Fulham's two-goal advantage. He was left unmarked at the back post to volley home Willian's cross for his second goal of the game.

Solanke then tried to get his team back into it once more, with two efforts on goal in quick succession. He danced away from a sliding challenge before letting fly with an effort that went wide of the post, before he tried an acrobatic overhead kick from the edge of the box. That chance was deflected over and Fulham cleared the corner.

The striker was frustrated at the contact he was receiving in every contested restart, and was booked for his reaction when the referee blew his whistle in Fulham's favour.

The away end continued to get behind their team, and welcomed Ünal on for his Cherries debut. He was brought into the action with twenty minutes remaining, when he and Dango Ouattara replaced Tavernier and Sinisterra.

The Cherries then enjoyed the vast majority of possession for the next ten minutes, with Fulham sitting deep to protect their lead. Ünal was inches away from latching on to a cross that was fizzed across goal inside the six-yard box.

As we approached added time, Zabarnyi played another accurate long pass for Ouattara to run on to. He managed to get to the ball before Leno, but couldn't keep the ball under his control. He recovered well to take the ball back off Castagne, but nothing came from the turnover.

The last chances of the game came and went for the visitors in the final stages. Solanke once again teed up a teammate with a knocked-down header but Semenyo's half-volley from a great position flashed over the bar.

Substitute Milos Kerkez then fired a great ball across the face of goal which was narrowly missed by his fellow sub Romain Faivre, who just couldn't get a crucial touch for a first-ever Premier League goal.

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