AFC Bournemouth pulled off a stunning comeback victory against Premier League title challengers Liverpool.
For large parts of the first half Liverpool were the dominant side, with their high pressing pushing the Cherries deeper and deeper into their own third.
Divock Origi gave AFC Bournemouth their first scare but amazingly failed to make contract from three yards out in what could be one of the misses of the season.
Liverpool however did find the breakthrough on 20 minutes when Sadio Mane got in front of Nathan Ake to poke the ball past Artur Boruc.
Two minutes later and Liverpool had doubled their lead, AFC Bournemouth’s back four was struggling and Boruc was forced to race off his line, he forced Origi wide but that didn’t prevent the striker from scoring from an acute angle.
Before half time the Cherries should have been awarded a penalty when Nathan Ake was brought down, but referee Robert Madley waved the Cherries protests away and the sides came in at half time at 0-2.
With the game approaching the hour mark the game really kicked into life, Ryan Fraser was fouled and this time Madley did point to the penalty spot, Callum Wilson, like he did at Arsenal stepped up to score.
10 minutes later Emre Can restored Liverpool’s two goal lead to put the visitors 1-3 up.
Liverpool almost made it 1-4 when Artur Boruc almost carries the ball over his own goal line.
With 14 minutes remaining AFC Bournemouth turned up the volume around Dean Court when Callum Wilson broke free down the right to cut back to substitute Benik Afobe, he mistimed his effort but the ball fell to Ryan Fraser who made it 2-3.
Two minutes later and the Cherries were level when Steve Cook scored the Cherries third and then Nathan Ake sent the Dean Court crowd into pandemonium when a third minute stoppage time fourth goal saw AFC Bournemouth take all three points.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
‘I don’t think I’ll ever forget this one!’
‘…At half time we were in real trouble, Liverpool were excellent and really showed their quality. Despite that though, the players never lost their self-belief and that’s huge.
‘It’s something we’ve tried to protect from our promotion from the Championship. We didn’t want to lose that spirit and our honesty going into the Premier League.
‘That’s the most pleasing thing from today, we’ve maintained that spirit and further enhanced it.’
‘Utterly speechless, we looked clueless for an hour, then Fraser, then glory.
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