Football: Neil Etheridge makes history in Premier League debut

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Posted at Aug 11 2018 11:58 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2018 01:06 AM

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Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge saves a penalty from Bournemouth's Callum Wilson in Premier League action at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth on Saturday. Matthew Childs, Reuters

Cardiff City keeper Neil Etheridge in action in the Premier League at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth on Saturday. Cardiff City lost 2-0. Dylan Martinez, Reuters

Neil Etheridge officially became the first Filipino football player to see action in the Premier League, when he started in Cardiff City's 2-0 loss away to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Although the Philippines player yielded the game winner to Ryan Fraser in the 24th minute, Etheridge stopped the hosts from doubling their lead with a left-handed save to thwart Callum Wilson in the 35th.

But Wilson waited until the end for his payback, hitting the back of the net in the 90th for Bournemouth's first opening-day win in the top-flight league.

It was promoted Cardiff City's first Premier League match for four years.

Bournemouth dominated possession and deserved its 24th- minute lead as Scotland international Fraser latched on to Wilson's low pass inside the penalty area and slotted past Etheridge.

Wilson won a penalty nine minutes later following a clumsy challenge by Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga, but the forward failed to double his team's advantage as his weak shot effort was comfortably saved by Etheridge.

Neil Warnock's Cardiff side showed attacking intent after the break and had a couple of chances to equalise but Wilson ended their hopes of a comeback by converting defender Simon Francis' cross from close range in stoppage time. —With a report from Reuters

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