In his first outing since cancer treatment, Bournemouth’s temporary skipper David Brooks netted a comeback goal, setting the stage for Ryan Christie’s last-minute game-winner against Swansea City.
Swansea’s captain, Matt Grimes, initially put the Welsh side ahead with a penalty in the first half. However, Bournemouth rallied back with goals from David Brooks and Hamed Traore to steal the lead.
A late goal from Jamie Paterson almost forced the match into a penalty shoot-out. However, Ryan Christie, assisted by fellow benchwarmer Justin Kluivert, found the back of the net in stoppage time’s first minute, propelling Bournemouth to the third round.
Hamed Traore’s inaugural goal for Bournemouth appeared to secure the visitors’ stunning comeback. His goal followed a header by substitute Dominic Solanke that ricocheted off the goal post, setting up an easy tap-in for the Ivorian.
David Brooks, who wore the captain’s armband for the night, returned to the game after battling Hodgkin lymphoma and notched his first competitive goal since his comeback. Brooks’ goal came courtesy of a surgical pass from Jaidon Anthony and flew past Swansea’s keeper Carl Rushworth.
In the first half, Swansea managed to stifle Bournemouth. Grimes perfectly executed a penalty shot that flew past Bournemouth’s Romanian goalie Andrei Radu. This came after Chris Mepham’s handball while attempting to block a shot from his Wales teammate Liam Cullen.
Brooks found himself cautioned after an irate reaction following a foul on Cullen, while defender Marcos Senesi also received a yellow card for a reckless tackle on Josh Ginnelly.
Traore had already hinted at his later performance, hitting the post with a low-velocity drive that whizzed past Rushworth.
Bournemouth’s coach, Andoni Iraola, who shook up his lineup with seven changes post their Premier League loss to Tottenham, introduced Solanke, Lewis Cook, and Milos Kerkez at halftime. These tactical shifts appeared to make all the difference.
Dominic Solanke, subbed in for Kieffer Moore, placed Swansea on the defensive. His acrobatic overhead kick called Rushworth into action. Anthony also tested the keeper, on loan from Brighton, with a late shot that was well-saved.
While Swansea fans hoped Jamie Paterson’s late goal might be a silver lining after the recent sale of Joel Piroe to Leeds United, Christie’s clinical finish dispelled such hopes, ensuring a well-earned victory for the Cherries.
Michael Duff, Swansea’s manager, remained optimistic: “We were competitive initially and displayed quality both offensively and defensively. While it’s unfortunate to lose, there are numerous takeaways.”
Iraola, elated with the turnaround, said, “The two halves couldn’t have been more contrasting. The initial penalty put us on the back foot, but the second half saw us dictate the pace. We could’ve clinched it sooner, but that’s the unpredictable charm of cup football.”
- Home: Swansea
- Away: Bournemouth
- Swansea: 43%
- Bournemouth: 57%
- Swansea: 5
- Bournemouth: 21
Shots on Target:
- Swansea: 2
- Bournemouth: 8
- Swansea: 3
- Bournemouth: 9
- Swansea: 20
- Bournemouth: 15
And there you have it! The cup’s quirky unpredictability strikes again, setting the stage for Bournemouth’s next clash. Buckle up, folks; it’s only going to get wilder from here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about EFL Cup Upset
Who scored the winning goal for Bournemouth?
Ryan Christie scored the decisive goal in the first minute of stoppage time, ensuring Bournemouth’s 3-2 victory over Swansea City in the EFL Cup.
Who was Bournemouth’s stand-in captain for the match?
David Brooks served as the stand-in captain for Bournemouth. He also scored his first competitive goal since his return from cancer treatment.
What was significant about David Brooks’ goal?
David Brooks’ goal was his first competitive score since coming back from treatment for stage two Hodgkin lymphoma. It was an emotional highlight of the match.
How did Swansea initially take the lead?
Matt Grimes, the captain for Swansea City, scored a penalty goal in the first half, putting Swansea ahead before Bournemouth rallied back.
Was this Bournemouth’s first win under their new head coach, Andoni Iraola?
Yes, this was Bournemouth’s first win under their new boss Andoni Iraola.
What were the possession statistics for both teams?
Bournemouth dominated possession with 57%, while Swansea had 43% of the ball.
How many changes did Bournemouth’s head coach make to the starting lineup?
Andoni Iraola made seven changes to Bournemouth’s starting lineup after their Premier League defeat against Tottenham.
Who were the substitutes that made a significant impact for Bournemouth?
Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook, and Milos Kerkez were introduced at halftime and their inclusion seemed to shift the tide in Bournemouth’s favor.
What happened to Swansea’s striker Joel Piroe?
Joel Piroe was recently sold to Leeds United, adding to Swansea fans’ frustrations before this EFL Cup match.
What did Swansea’s manager Michael Duff say after the match?
Michael Duff expressed optimism despite the loss, highlighting that there were “loads of positives” to take from the game, both in attack and defense.
More about EFL Cup Upset
- Bournemouth’s Official Website: Match Summary
- Swansea City Official Website: Post-Match Reactions
- EFL Cup Official Website: Round 2 Results
- BBC Sports: Detailed Match Report
- Sky Sports: Bournemouth vs. Swansea Highlights
- ESPN FC: Player Ratings and Analysis
- David Brooks’ Battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Andoni Iraola’s Coaching History
- Leeds United Acquires Joel Piroe