Cherries and Dons steal spotlight with amazing comebacks
A day of amazing comebacks and potentially huge in-play rewards saw Bournemouth and AFC Wimbledon produce stunning second-half comebacks to claim 4-3 victories against Liverpool and Curzon Ashton on Sunday.
The Cherries, who had been 2-0 and 3-1 down, scored three goals in the last 15 minutes to end Liverpool’s 15-game unbeaten run, while the Dons – who were 3-0 down just after the hour mark – scored four goals in the last ten minutes to escape an FA Cup shock at the hands of National League North strugglers Curzon Ashton.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth touched 375-1 in-play while Neal Ardley’s Dons hit a huge 500-1.
Sadio Mane and Divock Origi had put Liverpool in charge at the break after they capitalised on two errors in two minutes from Cherries’ goalkeeper Artur Boruc, and although Callum Wilson halved the deficit from the penalty spot Emre Can soon blasted Jurgen Klopp’s Reds into an all-too-familiar two-goal lead.
Ryan Fraser and Steve Cook struck late in the second half to initiate Bournemouth’s recovery mission before Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake completed the comeback, damaging Liverpool’s title challenge and leaving them four points behind league leaders Chelsea.
Curzon Ashton traded as short as 1-250 with Sky Bet after Adam Morgan’s hat-trick put them in full control but a frantic three-minute spell saw Wimbledon wipe out the hosts’ lead.
The Dons – three divisions and 81 places above Nash in the footballing pyramid – completed the comeback when Tom Elliott headed home his second of the match in injury time and put an end to one of the FA Cup’s most extraordinary afternoons.
Elsewhere, there were FA Cup upsets for Barrow at Bristol Rovers and Cambridge against Coventry.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United lost further ground on the top four after Leighton Baines’s late penalty earned Everton a 1-1 draw.
United were condemned to their third consecutive league stalemate and bookmakers eased them out to 3-1 from 9-4 to secure a top-four finish while Chelsea were cut to 5-4 for the Premier League title.