In a delayed game for the 19th round of the Premier League, Wolverhampton, captained by Bruno Lage, received and beat Watford, penultimate in the Premier League, without difficulties, a game which marked the return of the “wolves” to victories after three consecutive games. defeats.
It was not even necessary to arrive at the half-hour mark to understand what fate would reserve the three points, the match being resolved in the space of nine minutes: at 13 ‘, the ex-Benfica Raúl Jiménez opened the scoring, five minutes later Cucho Hernández deflected towards his own goal and in the 22nd minute Daniel Podence, profiting from the failure of visiting goalkeeper Ben Foster, made it 3-0.
It should also be noted that the former Sporting player was involved in the other two goals: he started the movement, combining with Raúl Jiménez, in the 1-0 (assisted by Hwang) and also took over a cross from the right, in the 2-0. , in Ait-Nouri trying to help the Mexican, a pass that would be intercepted in the worst possible way by Hernández.
The best was however reserved for the second half, with Rúben Neves, at 85′, signing a work of art, a surprising “hat” to Ben Foster, without any chance of defense.
Besides Daniel Podence, José Sá, João Moutinho and Rúben Neves also played at the start, while Pedro Neto came on at 61′, Fábio Silva replaced Raúl Jiménez at 71′ and Chiquinho was launched at 82′ . Of the eight Portuguese called up by Bruno Lage, only Francisco Trincão was not used, but, say, the “wolves”, who started the match with four Portuguese at the start, finished with seven on the pitch.
Also noteworthy for former FC Porto center Willy Boly, who made his debut this season in the Premier League, after injury, in the best of ways.
The ‘Wolves’ remain comfortable in 8th place, but now with 43 points, seven more than the 9th Aston Villa (one game less), who beat Leeds 3-0 on Thursday, and more than eight than Southampton (lost, at home, 1-2, at Newcastle tonight), now two behind Tottenham’s 7th (one game less) and also West Ham’s 6th (one game more), with this position which gives access to the Conference League.
As for the Hornets, with ex-Feirense Nigerian striker Peter Etebo coming off the bench at 71′, they remain in 19th and penultimate place, with 19 points.
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