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Burnley 3-0 Bournemouth: Cherries thwarted twice by VAR as Clarets climb to eighth

Jay Rodriguez doubled Burnley’s lead from the penalty spot moments after Harry Wilson’s effort was ruled out at the other endBurnley kept up their push for Europe and further plunged Bournemouth into relegation trouble with a win that had a pivotal video assistant referee decision at its centre.With the home side ahead through Matej Vydra’s…

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Jay Rodriguez doubled Burnley’s lead from the penalty spot moments after Harry Wilson’s effort was ruled out at the other end

Burnley kept up their push for Europe and further plunged Bournemouth into relegation trouble with a win that had a pivotal video assistant referee decision at its centre.

With the home side ahead through Matej Vydra’s second goal in two games, Bournemouth broke the length of the field for Callum Wilson to set up namesake Harry for what they thought was an equaliser.

But VAR judged that Adam Smith had used his upper arm to control and clear a Burnley cross in his own area right at the start of the move – meaning the goal was disallowed and the home side were awarded a penalty at the other end.

Jay Rodriguez scored the resulting spot-kick to give the Clarets a grip on the game they did not relinquish.

Dwight McNeil hit the inside of the post with one effort, but found the net with a subsequent shot to seal the victory late on.

Incensed by the big penalty call, the Cherries had further causes for grievance, not least of all an earlier goal ruled out by VAR.

With the game at 0-0, Joshua King struck from a corner but saw the goal disallowed after a video check because of a handball by Philip Billing.

The visitors also found Nick Pope in inspired form; the home goalkeeper produced fine saves to deny both Wilsons.

The defeat is another costly one for Eddie Howe’s side, who remain 16th in the table, two points above the bottom three but having left the door open for the two teams below to overtake them.

Burnley are now up to eighth – a position that could very well result in a Europa League spot should Manchester City’s ban from Champions League football be upheld.

More to follow.

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