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Tavernier brace inspires Cherries win in Sheffield

AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Andy Madley

AFC Bournemouth registered back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season following a 3-1 win at Sheffield United.

AFC Bournemouth registered back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season following a 3-1 win at Sheffield United.

A goal in each half for Marcus Tavernier, and Justin Kluivert's first league strike for the club, were enough to record the first Cherries win at Bramall Lane since the opening day of the 1987/88 season. The result sees Andoni Iraola's side climb to 16th in the league table.

Iraola made just one change to the starting line-up from the 2-0 victory over Newcastle United before the international break, with Adam Smith replacing the injured Max Aarons at right-back. The hosts remained unchanged following their own strong run of form.

The Cherries started the match brightly, maintaining possession well and looking for space out wide. It wasn't long before the deadlock was broken, when Marcus Tavernier opened the scoring on 12 minutes.

Antoine Semenyo controlled a long ball out on the right, cut inside and played a through-ball in the path of the winger who coolly slotted past Foderingham. Solanke's clever run in the opposite direction helped create the opening for his first league goal of the season.

AFC Bournemouth continued to be the dominant side for much of the first half. Justin Kluivert's effort from outside the box went just wide, and Solanke's powerful strike from a tight angle crashed against the side-netting.

Tavernier thought he had missed the final chance to put the Cherries two goals to the good before the break when his first-time shot went over the bar, but Justin Kluivert pounced on an error by Foderingham to sweep the ball into the empty net with almost the last kick of the half.

In scoring the goal, Kluivert became only the third player to score in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and the Bundesliga - the youngest player to do so. 

The second half started in the same manner as the first, with Marcus Tavernier finishing off a lovely Cherries move. He arrived at the back post to slot home Adam Smith's cross from the right, having ignited a flowing move forward.

It was almost four shortly afterwards when Semenyo's low drive from distance was parried into the path of Solanke. The striker couldn't quite direct the rebound towards goal, firing inches wide.

The chances continued for Iraola's side. Kluivert had his own low shot saved well, before Christie's quick turn and shot was also turned away by the keeper. Sinisterra, who looked lively again off the bench playing on the right wing, cut inside and fired just past the far post.

Late defensive efforts from Zabarnyi and Neto weren't enough as Oli McBurnie headed a late consolation effort deep into stoppage time. 

Sheffield United: Foderingham, Bogle (Ahmedhodzic h/t), Baldock, Robinson, Trusty, Thomas, Souza (McBurnie h/t), Norwood, McAtee (Osula 81), Hamer (Fleck 81), Archer.

Subs: Lowe, Traoré, Osborn, Slimane, Davies (g/k).

AFC Bournemouth: Neto, Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kelly (Kerkez h/t), Cook, Christie, Kluivert (Philip 64), Semenyo (Sinisterra 64), Solanke, Tavernier (Brooks 81).

Subs: Mepham, Rothwell, O.Dango, Moore, Travers (g/k).

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 30,208

Sheffield United Vitality Stadium

Premier League

9th March 2024 3:00 PM

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