Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penalties

WOLVES will feel justice was done after Rui Patricio saved the THIRD penalty of the game to earn his side a point.

The visitors had just equalised from a Raul Jimenez spot-kick when referee Roger East pointed to the spot in Bournemouth’s favour for the second time in the game.

Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesPA:Press Association9 Josh King celebrates his ninth Premier League goal of the season
Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesReuters9 King converts from the penalty to give Bournemouth a 1-0 lead

But Ivan Cavaleiro’s challenge on Ryan Fraser was just outside the box and it was only right that Patricio made a fabulous stop from Josh King.

Wolves were already furious with East for giving King the chance to give the home side the lead from a penalty, despite Joao Moutinho appearing to win the ball.

They were more angry still when the official gave only a corner after Cherries’ defender Chris Mepham appeared guilty of a blatant handball.

The controversy will lead to more criticism of the Premier League for failing to bring in VAR, following Chicharito’s handball equaliser for West Ham on Friday night.

Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesReuters9 Ref Roger East gives the Cherries a very doubtful penalty in the first half
Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesReuters9 But just after the referee denies Wolves a spotkick following Chris Mepham's handball in the box

But the upshot of all the drama was that Wolves stayed ahead of Bournemouth in the battle to be best of the rest behind the top six.

Wolves were the better side in the early stages but Bournemouth took the lead from their first attack – with a lot of help from referee East.

Most people thought Moutinho had touched the ball away from King before the Bournemouth player hit the floor. But East pointed to the spot and King converted.

Wolves’ anger only increased when East denied them the chance to equalise from the spot.

Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesGetty Images – Getty9 Raul Jimenez slides into the net having failed to score a goal
Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesReuters9 Jimenez equalises from the spot in the second half
Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesAFP or licensors9 The Mexican celebrates his ninth Premier League goal of the season

Mepham rolled the ball off his head on to his right arm and then appeared to flick it away and behind. But East awarded a corner and gave Diogo Jota a yellow card for his protests.

Jota came closest to equalising before the break, but after turning past Mepham he dragged his shot wide of the far post and ahead of the arriving Jimenez.

Wolves threatened again early in the second half.

From a first Joao Moutinho corner, Leander Dendoncker forced a save from Artur Boruc and from the resulting second, Willy Boly should have done better than head the ball on to the top of the net.

Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesReuters9 Ryan Fraser and Ryan Bennet clash during the match
Calls for VAR as Bournemouth and Wolves share points after mad game of three penaltiesAFP or licensors9 Water hoses pop out and spray the players before the referee finished the game at Vitality Stadium
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Then £19m man Dominic Solanke had two chances to open his Bournemouth account on his home debut, but headed a King cross wide before seeing a shot saved by Patricio.

Solanke’s fellow Liverpool exile, Jordon Ibe, hit the bar in the 73rd minute but Wolves finally equalised when Smith brought down Doherty and Jimenez rolled in the penalty.

Seconds later, East was at it again, giving Bournemouth a penalty that shouldn’t have been.

Patricio did superbly to keep out King’s spokick and both teams had further chances to win before the sprinklers came on in stoppage time to give a fitting ending to a bizarre game.

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