Somehow, VAR needed well over a minute to confirm the obvious red card awarded by referee Paul Tierney – Cook’s first sending off in his career.
Norwich’s Finnish forward Teemu Pukki slotted the penalty – his 10th goal of the season, in what ended the game’s only goal.
Nowrich also went down to 10 men in the 76th minute after Ben Godfrey took down Callum Wilson.
Referee Tierney originally awarded a yellow for the challenge but upgraded it to red after consulting the pitchside VAR monitor – the first time in Premier League history that has happened.
But Norwich held on to deliver another crushing blow to Bournemouth’s sliding season, the Cherries having one just once from their last 11 matches.
Norwich prevail over Cherries
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe couldn’t argue with the decision, saying “It’s decided the game, it’s one of those things that happens. I actually thought it was Aaron (Ramsdale, goalkeeper) who saved it initially, I didn’t know Steve had handled the ball. Pure instinct from him.”
In an odd coincidence, Cook had earlier in the week called on his teammates to stand up and ‘be a hero’ against Norwich.
“Right now it can’t get any worse so it’s a chance for someone to be a hero”, he said.
This probably wasn’t how he imagined it.
Fair play to Steve Cook. Saw the ball heading for the top corner and tipped it over at full-stretch.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been keen to bring in a right-back having sold the Irish international to Tottenham.
And after selling Diogo Jota to Liverpool for £45million ($80 million AUD), the club have the funds to spend big.
SunSport reported on Saturday how the Blaugrana are looking to bring in Ajax ace Sergino Dest with Semedo on his way out of the Nou Camp for around £40m ($71 million AUD).
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that it is Wolves that are in pole position to secure the 26-year-old’s services.
He also revealed how Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal will be joining Semedo out the door in Catalonia.
Romano tweeted: “Wolves are ‘one step away’ from signing Nelson Semedo.
“New bid submitted yesterday and Barcelona are now ready to accept.
“Work in progress also on personal terms to be agreed.
“On next hours Barca are gonna sell Semedo to #Wolves and Vidal to #Inter. Here we go soon!”
Wolves are ‘one step away’ from signing Nelson Semedo. New bid submitted yesterday and Barcelona are now ready to accept. Work in progress also on personal terms to be agreed. On next hours Barça are gonna sell Semedo to #Wolves and Vidal to #Inter. Here we go soon! 🐺 #FCB
Liverpool showed Chelsea still have far to go to challenge the champions for the Premier League title as Sadio Mane took advantage of a first-half red card shown to Andreas Christensen to score both goals in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Mane provoked the Dane’s dismissal and then headed the Reds into the lead before pouncing on another terrible error from the Blues’ goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Idiotic Kepa gifts Mane
Commentator Andy Townsend had nothing to offer but “bloody hell” when he reflected on the $127 million flop’s all-time howler.
At the other end, Alisson Becker also proved the value of a good goalkeeper as he saved Jorginho’s penalty 15 minutes from time to deny the Blues a lifeline.
Victory takes Liverpool level on points with Everton, Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the top of the table as the only sides with maximum points from their opening two games.