Tanzania striker Samatta scores on Premier League debut but Villa's lose at Bournemouth

Reuters , Saturday 1 Feb 2020

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Soccer Football - Carabao Cup - Semi Final - Second Leg - Aston Villa v Leicester City - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - January 28, 2020 Aston Villa's Mbwana Samatta REUTERS

Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta has scored on his Premier League debut for Aston Villa but the team suffered a 2-1 defeat at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

Bournemouth climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone despite being reduced to 10 men for the majority of the second half.

Philip Billing broke the deadlock for the hosts when he slotted home a side-footed finish from close range, connecting with a knockdown from Dan Gosling.

Bournemouth doubled their lead minutes before halftime after Fraser’s initial shot was saved by Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina, only for Nathan Ake to score from the rebound.

Jefferson Lerma, who found himself on a yellow card inside the opening 20 minutes, was sent off for the hosts early in the second half after he fouled Villa midfielder Jack Grealish deep inside his own half.

Villa pulled themselves back into the contest when Samatta scored in the 70th minute, reacting quickest to nod home Keinan Davis’ deflected effort.

But Bournemouth held on to leapfrog Villa and move up to 16th in the table.

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