Wolves progress in Europa League despite Espanyol loss and Neto howler

27 February 2020 08:27
Espanyol landed the first punch and the last too but Wolves knocked them out, as everyone knew they would. Ultimately, the decisive blows had been delivered at Molineux seven days ago, the Premier League side taking an unassailable four-goal lead; all that was left was to finish the Spaniards off and Nuno Espíritu Santo’s side did so swiftly. In a game that did not change the final outcome and was never likely to, Wolves lost 3-2 but progressed 6-3 on aggregate. Matt Doherty got the second of two equalisers late on, only for Jonathan Calleri to head in a late winner.And yet it was Wolves’s first goal from Adama Traoré that in effect ended the tie, if not the match, after 22 minutes. Calleri had opened the scoring and he later gave Espanyol the lead for the second time when Max Kilman kicked David López in the face to give away a penalty early in the second half. Then, right at the end, a quick free-kick saw Pipa stand up a lovely cross from which he headed in the winner and completed a hat-trick. He had scored more in one night here than in every other game this season put together. He left with the match ball, but there was no real celebration: this was already long over as a genuine contest. Related: Manchester United v Club Brugge: Europa League last 32, second leg – live! Oh no! It's a good job Wolves are comfortably through on aggregate.Pedro Neto has just missed a sitter! pic.twitter.com/j9OFKrPIcO Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian