David Silva offered a masterclass as he heads in direction of his Manchester Metropolis swansong in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, which edged the plucky Cherries nearer to Premier League relegation.
Silva fired a sixth-minute free-kick in off the bar to depart Aaron Ramsdale with no likelihood of preserving out an outstanding opener, earlier than feeding Gabriel Jesus to double their benefit with a stunning flip and end shortly earlier than half-time (39).
However Metropolis have been made to work for his or her win by a resurgent Bournemouth, who got here near equalising earlier than Jesus’ objective when Nicolas Otamendi blocked Dominic Solanke’s shot from getting into, earlier than Josh King’s second-half end, handing over Junior Stanislas’ preliminary effort, was dominated offside by inches by a VAR assessment.
The usually-maligned video assistant made one other positive intervention to overturn Lee Mason’s determination to award a penalty towards Steve Prepare dinner’s problem on Jesus, with replays exhibiting the Bournemouth defender had touched the ball earlier than catching the Manchester Metropolis striker.
The Cherries lastly acquired the objective their positive efficiency deserved with two minutes to go as substitute David Brooks turned in Callum Wilson’s sq. on the break, however regardless of piling on the stress and ending with an xG of 1.91 in comparison with the hosts’ 0.57, Bournemouth remained 18th – three factors adrift of the groups above them, who all have a recreation in hand – with solely two matches left to save lots of their season.
Extra to observe…
Manchester Metropolis have an FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal on Saturday at 7.45pm, earlier than visiting Watford on Tuesday night time stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 5.30pm; Kick-off at 6pm. They then host Norwich on the ultimate day of the season.
Bournemouth’s two make-or-break video games see them host Southampton on Sunday at 2pm, earlier than travelling to Everton on the final day of the season.