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Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle: Matt Ritchie volley rescues point for Magpies.

Joshua King, Bournemouth

Matt Ritchie struck with almost the last kick of the game to earn Newcastle a share of the spoils against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The former Cherries player sent a spectacular volley into the top corner from DeAndre Yedlin's cross to rescue a point for Rafa Benitez's side.

Joshua King had turned the game in Bournemouth's favour in the second half, sending Martin Dubravka the wrong way from the penalty spot before finishing coolly into the far corner from Dominic Solanke's pass.

Salomon Rondon had given Newcastle the lead in first-half stoppage time, curling a superb free-kick into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson almost netted his 12th league goal of the campaign with the score at 1-1, but Paul Dummett cleared the forward's goal-bound header off the line.

The point lifts Bournemouth above Everton into 11th place, while Newcastle remain 13th.

Ritchie comes back to haunt his former club

Only Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United had collected more points than Newcastle from their last nine games before the Magpies' trip to the south coast.

The visitors were without two of their most consistent performers during that spell, with Jamaal Lascelles sidelined through injury and Fabian Schar suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card of the campaign against Everton last weekend.

Their replacements - Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez - coped admirably with the threat of Bournemouth's attack in the first 45 minutes, restricting the hosts to just two attempts before the interval.

It was Fernandez, however, who gifted Bournemouth a route back into the game when he fouled Nathan Ake inside the penalty area following a Cherries corner, giving Mike Dean little option but to point to the spot.

Had it not been for Dummett's goal-line clearance from Wilson's header, though, Benitez's side might have left the Vitality Stadium empty-handed.

The 25-year-old's header appeared to be sailing over Dubravka and into the back of the net but the Newcastle skipper's acrobatic clearance rescued the Magpies.

In the end it was former Bournemouth midfielder Ritchie who made the decisive contribution, volleying home his first league goal from open play this season to edge his side closer to Premier League safety.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 1Boruc
  • 23Clyne
  • 33Mepham
  • 5Aké
  • 11DanielsBooked at 83mins
  • 10IbeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSolankeat 75'minutes
  • 20Brooks
  • 8LermaBooked at 19mins
  • 24Fraser
  • 13Wilson
  • 17King

Substitutes

  • 9Mousset
  • 21Rico
  • 25Simpson
  • 27Begovic
  • 28Taylor
  • 29Solanke
  • 44Surridge

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 20Lejeune
  • 18Fernandez
  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17PérezBooked at 9minsSubstituted forAtsuat 72'minutes
  • 10DiaméSubstituted forShelveyat 83'minutes
  • 14HaydenBooked at 75mins
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forMutoat 82'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 8Shelvey
  • 13Muto
  • 15Kenedy
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
10,625

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Newcastle United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Newcastle United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Newcastle United 2. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.

Hand ball by Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Atsu.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Chris Mepham.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jefferson Lerma.

Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

Foul by Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth).

Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Booking

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Miguel Almirón.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Newcastle United 1. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.

Attempt missed. Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dominic Solanke replaces Jordon Ibe.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Bournemouth).

Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross following a set piece situation.

Joshua King (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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