English Premiership

Bournemouth rescue point

2015-11-28 19:48
Ross Barkley (Supplied)

Bournemouth - Junior Stanislas grabbed a dramatic equaliser eight minutes into stoppage-time as Bournemouth staged a remarkable fightback to draw 3-3 against Everton on Saturday.

Eddie Howe's side looked dead and buried with 10 minutes remaining at Dean Court after falling two goals behind to first half strikes from Argentina defender Ramiro Funes Mori and Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku.

But Adam Smith got one back for the hosts, who appeared to have completed their revival after Stanislas equalised with three minutes left.

In a jaw-dropping conclusion, Ross Barkley put Everton back in front deep into stoppage-time, only for Stanislas to equalise again with virtually the last kick.

Bournemouth remain in the relegation zone after failing to win for an eighth successive league match, but they are only two points from safety and the manner of this spirited draw suggests they won't go quietly in their first ever top-flight campaign.

Bournemouth's failure to turn their early pressure into a tangible reward was punished as Everton took the lead in the 25th minute.

Roberto Martinez's side breached the creaky Bournemouth rearguard through Funes Mori, who rose highest from a corner to head his first Everton goal since his pre-season move from River Plate.

With Everton now firmly in the ascendancy, Lukaku doubled their lead in the 36th minute with his eighth goal in his last eight league games.

Gerard Deulofeu curled a superb long pass towards Lukaku's run and the powerful Belgian took one touch on his thigh before lashing his shot beyond Adam Federici.

Federici was forced off with an injury at half-time, but Bournemouth were much improved after the break and a Stanislas effort was turned away by Tim Howard, who also had to be alert to keep out a Ritchie drive.

With 10 minutes left, Smith gave Howe's side hope when he smashed a superb 25-yard strike past Howard.

Everton found it impossible to stem the tide of Bournemouth attacks and the equaliser arrived in the 87th minute.

King surged past Brendon Galloway before cutting the ball back to Stanislas, who was perfectly placed to fire home.

It seemed Everton had recovered to snatch the points five minutes into stoppage-time as Barkley's shot trickled under substitute goalkeeper Ryan Allsop's weak attempted save.

But Stanislas rescued a point in the final seconds, heading in from Ritchie's cross to spark wild celebrations from the home fans.


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