African players abroad Semenyo with a double as Bournemouth produce comeback to stun Luton Town

AFC Bournemouth staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in Premier League history to emerge as 4-3 victors following a compelling contest with Luton Town at Vitality Stadium.

Trailing 3-0 at half-time, Andoni Iraola’s team turned on the style to take the points thanks to Antoine Semenyo’s double, Dom Solanke’s 17th goal of the season and Illia Zabarnyi’s first for the club.

The hosts were left with a mountain to climb after first-half goals from Tahith Chong, Chiedozie Ogbene and Ross Barkley had put the Hatters in the driving seat at the break.

But three goals in the space of 14 minutes at the start of the second half put the Cherries on level terms before Semenyo struck in the 83rd minute to settle a scintillating affair in favour of Iraola’s team. It is only the third time in Premier League history that a team losing 3-0 at half-time has gone on to win and the fifth time a team has overturned a 3-0 deficit to emerge victorious.

Adam Smith made his 200th Premier League appearance as the Cherries and the Hatters locked horns in the top flight for the first time, completing the set of the teams having met in all four divisions as well as the FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy.

Cherries head coach Iraola made three changes to his starting line-up with Dango Ouattara, Luis Sinisterra and Alex Scott replacing Milos Kerkez, Marcus Tavernier and Justin Kluivert. Solanke, whose equaliser in the abandoned game in December was chalked off, headed wide of the target after Semenyo’s cross had picked him out in the early stages.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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