Bournemouth and Everton’s clash at the Vitality Stadium epitomised the drama that we all love the Premier League for as the Cherries twice came from behind late on to claim an incredible 3-3 draw.
Eddie Howe’s side cancelled out their 2-0 half-time deficit in the final 10 minutes, but seemed to have been cruelly denied a point when Ross Barkley popped up with a stoppage-time third for the Toffees.
Yet Bournemouth’s spirits weren’t broken – a great sign ahead of a likely relegation fight – and Junior Stanislas snatched them an equaliser with a 98th-minute header from a Charlie Daniels cross.
Free-scoring Everton, who had notched 11 goals in their previous three league matches, were ahead on 25 minutes as Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori nodded home his first goal for the club.
And Roberto Martinez’s side were well set for a third win in four, which would have taken them to within three points of the top four, when Romelu Lukaku fired into the roof of the net from close range.
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Substitute Adam Smith gave Bournemouth a lifeline with an unstoppable 80th-minute shot into the top corner, before Joshua King suppled Stanislas with Bournemouth’s first equaliser on 87 minutes.
The drama was only just beginning though. Barkley found the net five minutes into added time, but the Cherries did not accept defeat and Stanislas rewarded their efforts with a smart reflex header.
Last season’s Championship winners remain in the drop zone, although they have climbed above Newcastle United to 18th. Everton remain in seventh but could be as low as ninth by close of play tomorrow.
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