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EPL: Chelsea hold City as Newcastle snatch draw at Bournemouth

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Rodri’s late equalizer rescued Manchester City, securing a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Despite Raheem Sterling’s opening goal against his former club giving Mauricio Pochettino’s side a deserved lead at halftime, Chelsea squandered opportunities to extend their advantage. 

Erling Haaland missed several chances to equalize for City as they pushed forward.

Rodri’s left-footed strike, deflecting off Trevor Chalobah, leveled the score, igniting a frenzied series of attacks in the Chelsea box as City chased a winner. 

Despite their efforts, City had to settle for the draw, leaving them in third place, four points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool. 

Pochettino’s team’s commendable performance lifted them back above Wolves into the top half of the table, highlighting their determination.

 

Late Ritchie strike rescues Newcastle against Bournemouth

 

Matt Ritchie’s injury-time equalizer secured a dramatic 2-2 draw for Newcastle against Bournemouth, marking his first goal since July 2020. 

Dominic Solanke’s goal for Bournemouth, capitalizing on a mistake by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, sparked the game to life after the break.

Newcastle leveled controversially from the penalty spot after a VAR review ruled Adam Smith’s challenge on Fabian Schar a foul, despite offside claims. 

Anthony Gordon converted the penalty, inciting frustration from Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola, who argued vehemently against the decision, stating the VAR disrespected his team.

Antoine Semenyo’s spectacular strike restored Bournemouth’s lead, only for Ritchie to snatch a late equalizer in the first minute of added time. 

Despite the contentious decisions, the pulsating draw showcased the resilience of both teams in a fiercely contested encounter.

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