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Burnley’s survival hopes hit as Bournemouth win


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London, March 3: Burnley’s slim hopes of staying up suffered another setback as Bournemouth won in the Premier League for the first time in 2024.
Justin Kluivert set the Cherries on their way with a powerful finish past James Trafford after poor defending.
Burnley responded strongly with Neto producing an outstanding save to keep out Jacob Bruun Larsen’s free-kick while Vitinho headed a good chance over the bar.
Larsen also had a goalbound shot blocked by Adam Smith after Neto denied David Datro Fofana.
Josh Cullen’s disallowed goal – ruled out for a foul in the build-up – only added to the sense of frustration inside Turf Moor, before Antoine Semenyo wrapped up the points with a deflected finish in the 88th minute.
Burnley are 11 points from safety with 11 games left.
Bournemouth’s fifth away win of the season lifted them one place to 13th before four successive home games.
Despite trailing, the Clarets were applauded off the pitch at the interval by their fans after an encouraging first half.
By full-time, a familiar air of resignation had descended over Turf Moor.This was their 20th defeat in what has been an utterly miserable season and they find themselves in a seemingly hopeless situation despite having 33 points still to play for.Vincent Kompany’s Clarets arrived back in the Premier League with high hopes after winning promotion with seven matches to spare, but they are running out of games to save themselves.On another bitterly frustrating afternoon, they peppered the Bournemouth goal with 12 attempts in the first half alone but paid the cost for poor defending which has blighted their season.Even when they did find the net, Cullen’s effort was ruled out, much to the fury of home fans, after Larsen was deemed to have fouled in the build-up. (Agencies)


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