Wolves 1-0 Slovan Bratislava: Wolves on brink of qualification after late winner

Wolves 1-0 Slovan Bratislava: Wolves on brink of qualification after late winner

November 8, 2019 By mediabest

Raul Jimenez put Wolves on the brink of the Europa League knockout stages as his injury-time strike secured victory against Slovan Bratislava at Molineux.

The game looked to be heading towards a stalemate after Bratislava goalkeeper Dominik Greif kept out Ruben Neves’ penalty early in the second half.

However, Jimenez headed in Adama Traore’s cross to take the points.

Wolves are second in Group K with nine points, five ahead of Bratislava in third with just two games remaining.

Nuno Espírito Santo’s side need just a point to progress to the next round.

The winning goal came in the second of 12 minutes of injury time, which was as a result of a lengthy period of treatment for Bratislava’s Kenan Bajric, who had been caught by Jimenez’s boot when he attempted an overhead kick.

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Bajric had to be taken off on a stretcher after appearing not to move while on the pitch but was reported to be conscious when he was assessed further by medical staff in the tunnel.

Jimenez was booked for the challenge and, after scoring the winner, his celebration was muted, clasping his hands together in a similar fashion to Tottenham forward Son Heung-min after he scored against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League earlier this week.

Son was apologetic after that 4-0 win for his tackle which led to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes’ horrific ankle injury on Sunday.

Jimenez told BT Sport: “It is difficult for all of us. I don’t know what to say. I hope he recovers well.”

Wolves march on in Europe

Wolves’ form in the Premier League this season has been inconsistent with seven draws, two wins and two defeats but in Europe they have been impressively strong.

After losing their Europa League opener to Sporting Braga they have now won their last three games in succession – the first time they have managed that since winning their opening six games in the 1971-72 Uefa Cup.

They went on to reach the final of that competition and while there is still a long way to go for them to repeat such a feat in this competition, they have certainly not looked out of place against some seasoned European opposition.

The hosts could have won this game by a bigger margin but for some excellent goalkeeping by Greif.

As well as diving the right way to deny Neves, the Bratislava shotstopper also displayed quick reactions to keep out Joao Moutinho’s deflected strike and then superbly denied Matt Doherty’s close-range volley.

Wolves, though, have shown impressive resilience this season. Their past 11 goals have all come in the second half and they scored a dramatic last-minute winner against Besiktas in September through Willy Boly. This time it was Jimenez who was Wolves’ hero as he scored his 12th goal of the campaign.

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  • Wolves have won three consecutive games in major European competition for the first time since winning their opening six in the 1971-72 Uefa Cup campaign – a season that saw them reach the final of the competition
  • Slovan Bratislava have won just one of their 16 Europa League group stage games (D2 L13), beating Besiktas 4-2 on MD1 this season
  • Slovan Bratislava have lost all four of their away games against English opponents in European competition by an aggregate score of 3-19
  • Ruben Neves’ penalty miss ended a run of 14 converted spot-kicks for Wolves in all competitions, since Neves himself also missed against Sheffield United in the Championship in September 2017
  • Since the start of last season, Raul Jimenez has scored 29 goals for Wolves in all competitions, 15 more than any other player for the club in that time

What next?

The games come thick and fast for Wolves as they return to Premier League action on Sunday, 10 November when they host Aston Villa (14:00 GMT).

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Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Slovan Bratislava 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Slovan Bratislava 0.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ryan Bennett replaces Adama Traoré.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jonny replaces Rúben Vinagre.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovan Bratislava. Erik Daniel replaces Rabiu.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre.

Attempt blocked. Andraz Sporar (Slovan Bratislava) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Drazic.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Slovan Bratislava 0. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range to the top left corner.

Corner, Slovan Bratislava. Conceded by Leander Dendoncker.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovan Bratislava. Marin Ljubicic replaces Kenan Bajric because of an injury.

Booking

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dangerous play by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Kenan Bajric (Slovan Bratislava) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Cutrone.

Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jurij Medvedev (Slovan Bratislava).

Substitution

Substitution, Slovan Bratislava. Artem Sukhotsky replaces Rafael Ratão.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Patrick Cutrone replaces Pedro Neto.

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenan Bajric (Slovan Bratislava).

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Vernon (Slovan Bratislava) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Vernon.

Offside, Slovan Bratislava. Andraz Sporar tries a through ball, but Kenan Bajric is caught offside.

Foul by Max Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Andraz Sporar (Slovan Bratislava) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Vasil Bozhikov.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Attempt blocked. Max Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Dominik Greif.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a through ball.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rabiu (Slovan Bratislava).

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Kenan Bajric (Slovan Bratislava) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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