Bournemouth 3-2 Swansea City: Gradel leads Cherries in thriller

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  • Bournemouth lead 1-0 and 2-1
  • Barrow with goal, assist in comeback
  • Gradel, Cook and King score for Cherries
  • Sigurdsson scores again

Steve Cook headed home in the 77th minute and Max Gradel had a goal and an assist as Bournemouth are all but safe after a 3-2 win over Swansea City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson netted for Swansea, whose 33 points keep them 8 points clear of the drop zone.

Josh King scored in his second successive game for Bournemouth. The Cherries sit in 13th place with 38 points.

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King could’ve kept up his goal scoring run even earlier with a finish in the 9th minute, but his side-volley flew over the goal.

Sigurdsson has a dervish-like run to about 25 yards out from the Cherries’ goal, but pulled his low shot pulled wide of the right post.

Bournemouth broke the deadlock in the 37th minute, as Gradel nailed his first touch of a loose ball past Lukasz Fabianski. The Ivorian raced over to manager Eddie Howe to celebrate his first goal since returning from injury.

Barrow answered right back, cutting from the left with a stepover before lashing a left-footed shot through traffic and past Artur Boruc.

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King put the Cherries up when his near-post effort fooled Fabianski in the 50th minute.

That lead wouldn’t last for Bournemouth either, as a quality bit of passing in-and-around the 18 started with substitute Bafetimbi Gomis and ended with Barrow finding Sigurdsson for a laser finish in the 63rd minute.

The 77th minute saw the Cherries reclaim the lead, with Cook rising high to power a Matt Ritchie cross past Fabianski. 3-2.