Bournemouth beat Liverpool 1-0 this Saturday at Vitality Stadium – h!
Bournemouth beat Liverpool 1-0 this Saturday at Vitality Stadium, in a match valid for the 27th round of the Premier League. In an uninspired match between the Reds’ star players, Billing scored the winning goal in the 27th minute.
With the victory, the Cherries escaped the relegation zone, rising from 20th to 16th place and gaining relief in the table. Liverpool, on the other hand, lost the chance to jump to the fourth position, which gives a place in the preliminary phase of the UEFA Champions League, and can still be overtaken by Newcastle in the round, being momentarily left out of the UEFA Europa League.
The start of the match was quite eventful for both sides. At five minutes, Van Dijk took advantage of the corner and headed it past Neto, but Lerma managed to save on top of the line. Three minutes later, it was Bournemouth’s turn to respond: Ouattara came face to face with Alisson and dribbled the goalkeeper, but lost the angle and finished in the net on the outside. At 13, Gakpo scored after a header from Darwin Nuñez. The referee saw an offside in the move and annulled the Dutchman’s goal.
At 27 minutes, the hosts opened the scoring. Ouattara was thrown in legal condition and cleared Van Dijk, crossing at the edge of the penalty area. Billing, the highlight of the Cherries this season, just pushed for the nets and reached his sixth Premier League goal.
Liverpool came back for the second best time and engaged some initial pressure. At 3, Diogo Jota, who had entered the break, made an individual move and hit the corner, but Neto made a beautiful bridge and looked for it. Two minutes later, Darwin Nuñez took advantage of the cross and tested it over the crossbar.
After Milner’s cross, Diogo Jota appeared at the second post and headed in. Smith came up with his left arm open and ended up taking the ball out of the way of the goal. The referee was called by VAR and called the infraction. Salah picked up the ball and took the penalty, but ended up hitting it too wide and wasting Liverpool’s best chance of the match.
Bournemouth pulled back late in the game, and Liverpool tried to bet on the aerial play, but to no avail. At the end of the match, Gakpo had a great chance after lifting goalkeeper Alisson. The ball ended up going over the goal, and the home team managed to hold on to a very important victory to escape from the bottom and leave the relegation zone.
Liverpool are back on the pitch next Wednesday, at 5pm, for the UEFA Champions League, needing to reverse a three-goal deficit against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. Bournemouth, on the other hand, only plays next weekend, visiting Aston Villa for the Premier League.