Wolves took a significant step closer to reaching the group stage of the Europa League after winning the first leg of their play-off round tie with Torino last night.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team leave Turin with a 3-2 lead to take back with them for next Thursday’s second leg at Molineux. [via BBC]
They took the lead shortly before half-time when Gleison Bremer unwittingly headed into his own net from a free-kick that was whipped into the Torino penalty area. [via BBC]
Diogo Jota doubled Wolves’ lead just before the hour mark, finishing to the net from a low Adama Traore cross, before Lorenzo de Silvestri replied almost instantly for Torino. [via BBC]
Raul Jimenez edged Wolves further in front in 71 minutes, running through the home side’s defence before finishing past Salvatore Sirigu, but a late penalty converted by Andrea Belotti means that the men from the Black Country will take just a one-goal lead into next week’s second leg. [via BBC]
Jota and Jimenez have both kept up their impressive scoring runs in the Europa League qualifying campaign – the former has now scored three goals in the qualifiers, while the latter netted his fifth of the competition last night.
The win in Italy also owed a lot to one man at the other end of the pitch, with club captain Conor Coady leading by example against the Serie A outfit.
The 26-year-old repelled multiple Torino attacks over the course of the game and made one outstanding contribution early in the second half when, with Wolves’ lead at 1-0, he got a toe to the ball just as Belotti was preparing to shoot, the chance ultimately being squandered by Simone Zaza. [via Express & Star]
In the Express & Star, Tim Spiers wrote that the defender gave “a true captain’s performance” and felt that he was man of the match, citing that his eight clearances were at least three more than anyone else made on the night.
Ever-present for Wolves since January 2018, Coady continues to demonstrate his importance to the team from defence while the likes of Jota and Jimenez take the goalscoring glory.
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