West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff played out a thrilling 3-3 draw as both sides scored in stoppage time in their bottom of the table clash.
With the game poised at 2-2 after 90 minutes, West Brom thought they had won it with a stoppage time goal from Thievy Bifouma only for Cardiff to go straight up the other end and snatch a point through Mats Daehli.
The Baggies got off to a dream start and were ahead inside two minutes courtesy of a wonder goal from Morgan Amalfitano. The Frenchman latched onto a stray backwards header down the right hand side and, with nothing on, lofted the bouncing ball over the head of David Marshall from outside the area.
Five minutes later they were 2-0 up. Amalfitano lumped a diagonal ball towards the back post, which Matej Vydra cushioned into the path of Graham Dorrans and the Scot slotted past Marshall from close range.
It looked bleak for Cardiff but they managed to get themselves back into the game after half an hour. Jordon Mutch found himself on the right, it is unclear whether he intended a shot or a cross, but the curling ball flew over Ben Foster and into the top corner.
Captain Steven Caulker got Cardiff back on terms when he met Gary Medel's free kick with a looping header which sailed over the backpedalling Foster and into the net.
At 2-2 both sides pushed for the winner, and West Brom must have thought they had won it at the death when Thievy latched onto a Saido Berahino cross to poke the ball through Marshall’s legs.
But there was a final twist in the tale as the ball fell to Cardiff substitute Daehli who swivelled and shot past Foster with the help of a deflection.
2’ - West Brom take an early lead! It's an exquisite finish from Morgan Amalfiano! He latches on to a stray backwards header and from outside the corner of the box lofts the bouncing ball over the head of David Marshall.
9’ - West Brom go two up! It's a diagonal ball towards the back post which Vydra cushions into the path of Graham Dorrans who slots the ball past Marshall.
29’ - Cardiff are back in it! It's unclear whether it's a shot or a cross but Jordon Mutch curls it over Foster into the top corner from outside the box! 2-1.
73’ - Cardiff are level! Medel's free kick is met with a looping header from Steven Caulker which sails over the backpedalling Foster and into the net.
90+3’ - West Brom have won it at the death! Berahino's ball into the box is deflected and Thievy gets there first to poke it through Marshall's legs. Unbelievable!
90+5’ - Cardiff rescue a point! We are well into stoppage time and the ball falls to Daehli inside the box. He swivels and his shot is deflected past Ben Foster. Ridiculous!
West Brom boss Pepe Mel is yet to win a match at The Hawthorns.
Cardiff have won just three times in their last 22 games
West Brom have won just twice in their last 21 games.
How often do relegation ‘six-pointers’ end in draws? Both teams pushed wholeheartedly for three points but neither managed to take a significant stride towards safety. A draw suited neither side, especially with Crystal Palace coming up with a shock win against Chelsea. This result leaves them both well and truly in trouble.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Steven Caulker (Cardiff). A captain’s performance today from the Cardiff centre-back. He was confident and alert at the back and weighed in at the other end with a beautiful header for Cardiff’s equaliser.
West Bromwich Albion: Foster 5, Reid 6, McAuley 6, Dawson 6, Ridgewell 6, Morrison 6, Mulumbu 6, Dorrans 7, Amalfitano 7, Sessegnon 7, Vydra 5… Subs: Myhill, Lugano, Berahino 7, Thievy 7, Gera 6,
Cardiff City: Marshall 5, Fabio 4, Turner 5, Caulker 8, Theophile-Catherine 6, Taylor 6, Medel 6, Mutch 7, Gunnarsson 5, Bellamy 5, Campbell 7… Subs: Whittingham 6, Dæhli 7, Zaha 8.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- West Bromwich Albion
- David Marshall
- Steven Caulker
- Ben Foster
- Thievy Bifouma
- Morgan Amalfitano