Arnaud Danjuma scored the only goal of the game that gave Bournemouth a slight advantage ahead of Saturday’s second leg
Monday, May 17, 2021, 8:24 p.m. CET
First published on Monday, May 17, 2021, 4:45 p.m. CET
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Ben Fisher, the hardest working man on the EFL beat, was lucky enough to be at Vitality Stadium to watch tonight’s game alongside 2,000 Bournemouth fans. Here’s how he saw the plot play out …
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Look! Look! Peeeeeeep! It’s over at Vitality Stadium, where Bournemouth wins the first leg courtesy of an Arnaut Danjuma goal. It’s a result that both teams will be happy with when they go to the return leg at Brentford’s Community Stadium on Saturday.
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90 4 min: Danjuma hits Jefferson Lerma on the edge of the Brentford penalty area, but decides not to shoot.
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90 1 min: Dalsgaard relieves Danjuma from the ball with a slide tackle and uses it for a throw-in. Bournemouth’s fans demand a free kick and he laughs almost defiantly at the referee. It was a good, clean device.
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88 min: Bournemouth clump it for a long time and Henrik Dalsgaard hits a header out of defense for Brentford. We have about five minutes for add-ons.
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85th Minute: Dom Solanke shoots deep, hard and directly at Raya from a distance, when he should perhaps have passed the ball to Jack Stacey on the overlap. Brentford substitution: Ghoddos for Jensen.
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84.Minute: Bournemouth wins a free kick in the left corner of the Brentford penalty area for a Jensen foul. Danjuma’s flogged attempt is put aside by Raya. Nothing comes from the set piece.
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83 min: Bournemouth corner. Danjuma sends the ball into the box and Danjuma heads half clear.
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81 min: This miss by Mbeumo awakened faith. I described it as Gazza (against Germany) in 1990, but it wasn’t like Gazza. He made full contact with the ball on the far post and somehow laid it far.
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76. Minute: Brentford attacks the right flank, Norgaard on the ball. It’s square for Bryan Mbeumo at the far post and he somehow slips in and Gaazas-it-in-Italia-1990 far past the post. How did he miss?
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74 min: Brentford Substitution: Henrik Dalsgaard for Vitaly Janelt. Vitaly goes to the state of vitality.
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71 min: Brentford corner, but first there is a Bournemouth replacement. Jack Stacey for Ben Pearson who is limping. The corner is occupied and the ball sails out of play.
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65th Minute: Half chances at both ends when Asmir Begovic flutters on a corner shortly after his opponent David Raya had saved a worn out performance by the traffic from David Brooks.
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62nd Minute: The Bournemouth goal: Brentford gave Bournemouth the ball deep in the middle of the home team and it was Solanke who sent his teammates on their way. With David Brooks on the ball at the top right, they attacked at lightning speed. Brooks had three or four teammates to choose from and picked Danjuma who made no mistakes.
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61 min: Mathias Jensen hits the ball from a narrow angle into the side net as Brentford tries to equalize.
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Run Bournemouth! Arnaut Danjuma plays home after a David Brooks cross when Bournemouth swarmed forward on a counterattack.
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54th Minute: Brentford wins a free kick deep in his own half and the ball plays for a long time towards a corner. Bournemouth clear and go to the counter. GOAL !!!!
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51 min: It’s raining in Bournemouth as Brentford prepares for a corner. The referee paused proceedings to speak to Ivan Toney and Cameron Carter-Vickers, to whom he is engaged. With his back to the goal, Christian Norgaard hooks the Inswinger over the bar from a distance of seven or eight meters.
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48 min: Pontus Jansson is booked for Dominic Solanke’s whole back climb, similar to how a rodeo cowboy might try to stay aboard a jerking bronco.
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46th Minute: A Sergi Cano cross in the direction of the far post from the left is deflected by Ivan Toney’s toe at the far post.
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46. Minute: Bournemouth gets the ball rolling, right-back Adam Smith back on the field, although he hobbled after a blow shortly before the break.
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Look! It’s halftime at the Vitality Stadium, where the impasse remains resolutely unbroken. It was a fascinating (translation: pretty boring) encounter … tense and nervous, with no real opportunities for either side. If it were a boxing match, Bournemouth would probably be one point ahead, but there is very little in it.
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45 4 min: Mads Roerslav gets a completely unnecessary yellow card for an illegal block against David Brooks.
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45 2 min: Bournemouth substitution: Bournemouth skipper Steve Cook limps away on his own and is replaced by Chris Mepham.
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45 1 min: Steve Cook hacks the ball clearly and goes to the ground in great distress, although it was not touched by anyone. I guess he’s done that for the night.
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43rd Minute: Sergi Canos stretches a foot and kicks the ball away from Arnaut Danjuma’s feet in the Brentford penalty area as the Bournemouth diva tried to shuffle his way into the goal with a soft shoe. A crucial intervention.
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41 min: Oof! Bournemouth goes close once … and then twice from the same corner. Steve Cook’s strong header from a corner is parried by Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, then David Brook’s successor is blocked.
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39 min: Worrying news for Brentford and their fans – Ivan Toney is visibly limping after apparently twisting his ankle.
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37th Minute: None of the goalkeepers have had to save and it is difficult to know who is at the top here. Bournemouth, with a mustache … maybe. Brentford wins a corner when Ivan Toni shot over the Cameron Carter-Vickers crossbar from outside the area.
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34 min: “You don’t know what you’re doing!” Bournemouth fans sing to referee Tim Robinson after awarding Brentford a soft free kick after some amateur dramatists from Brentford’s Mathias Jensen.
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33 min: Adam Smith pulls a cross from the right flank into the Brentford penalty area, but Ethan Pinnock heads her clear.
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30 min: Brooks goes back down after sending out an agricultural “reducer”. by Sergi Canos. He immediately leaps to his feet as if to show it didn’t hurt. I bet it has!
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28 min: There is a short break in the game when Bournemouth’s David Brooks is treated for an ankle injury. He’s fine.