On Sunday, Jamaican winger Leon Bailey once again proved he has the skills to pay the bills by scoring a sensational solo goal as Aston Villa battled back twice to secure a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Bournemouth in the English Premier League.
The match had all the elements of a classic encounter, with Villa, sitting high in the league, facing a resilient Bournemouth side eager to extend their recent positive form.
The drama unfolded in the 10th minute when a casual mistake by Villa’s defender Diego Carlos allowed Ryan Christie to seize the opportunity.
Christie swiftly fed Antoine Semenyo, who clinically found the bottom corner from 12 yards, giving the hosts a well-deserved lead.
However, the dynamic Leon Bailey answered the call just ten minutes later with an electrifying strike that sent the ball hurtling into the back of the net.
Ollie Watkins, having passed a late fitness test, set up Bailey on the right wing. The Jamaican maestro mesmerised the Bournemouth defense, dancing into space inside the penalty area before unleashing a left-footed curler beyond Neto, leveling the score at 1-1.
The teams entered halftime on equal terms, but Bournemouth wasn’t done. In the 52nd minute, Dominic Solanke, received a pinpoint pass from Milos Kerkez and deftly manoeuvred past Pau Torres before blasting the ball into the back of the net, restoring Bournemouth’s lead.
Just as it seemed Bournemouth would secure a surprise victory, Ollie Watkins, in scintillating form, connected with substitute Moussa Diaby’s cross, executing a perfectly timed backward header to score his 13th goal of the season, ensuring Villa left the south coast with a valuable point.
After the final whistle, Villa remained in fourth place in the Premier League standings, while Bournemouth held onto the 16th spot.
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