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Wolves 1-0 Olympiakos (agg: 2-1): Europe League last 16, second leg – as it happened


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Full time: Wolves 1-0 Olympiakos

Peep peep! Wolves are into a European quarter-final for the first time since 1972. They will play Sevilla, Europa League royalty, in a one-legged tie on Tuesday. Raul Jimenez’s early penalty gave them victory on the night, though they had to withstand a heap of pressure from a relentless Olympiakos side. The man of the match was Rui Patricio, who made two fine saves and radiated calm on a very tense night.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates victory with his keeper Rui Patricio.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates victory with his keeper Rui Patricio. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images


90+4 min Jimenez is booked for fouling yer man.

90+3 min Wolves are three minutes away from a quarter-final against Sevilla.

90+1 min Fortounis beats Dendoncker twice on the left of the area and drifts a lofted ball across the goal. Eventually it reaches Elabdellaoui, well beyond the far post, and he spanks a half-volley into the side netting from a very tight angle.

90 min Six big ones.

90 min Jimenez wastes some time by the corner flag. I’d imagine there will be at least five minutes of added time.

89 min Boly is going to continue.

88 min Boly is sitting up, though he still looks pretty vacant.

87 min Allain and Boly are receiving treatment after a collision as they challenged for a high free-kick. Allain is up on his feet; Boly is still down.

86 min A quiet couple of minutes, which is just what Wolves needed.

83 min Joao Moutinho, given far too much space 22 yards from goal, clips a shot over Allain that brushes the roof of the net.

82 min Cafu has replaced Guilherme for Olympiakos.

81 min: Fine save from Rui Patricio! That was the closest Olympiakos have come to an equaliser in the second half. Tsimikas moved into space down the left and clipped a terrific cross into the middle, where the unmarked Hassan powered a downward header towards goal from eight yards. Rui Patricio dived to his left to palm it away.

Ahmed Hassan of Olympiacos heads at goal.

Ahmed Hassan of Olympiacos heads at goal. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images


80 min Hassan’s overhead kick from the edge of the area is easily saved by Rui Patricio. On a tense night, he has been an oasis of calm.

Olympiakos’ Ahmed Hassan shoots with an overhead kick.

Olympiakos’ Ahmed Hassan shoots with an overhead kick. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images


79 min: Jota misses a great chance! That should have been it for Olympiakos. Ba played a dreadful backpass towards the keeper Allain that was intercepted by Jota. He tried to force the ball past Allain, who spread himself to make a vital save. At the other end, Guilherme whips a drive onto the roof of the net from 20 yards. This is so tense.

Olympiakos’ goalkeeper Bobby Allain, left, stops a shot from Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Diogo Jota.

Olympiakos’ goalkeeper Bobby Allain, left, stops a shot from Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Diogo Jota. Photograph: Rui Vieira/AP


76 min If Wolves get through, it will be the definition of a hard-fought victory. They’ve been on the back foot for the best part of an hour.

75 min Cisse is booked for something or other.

72 min El-Arabi gets ahead of Coady at the near post but can’t make proper contact with a right-wing cross. Apparently Podence was booked for leaving the field in a manner that offended the referee, which means he will miss Tuesday’s quarter-final against Sevilla if Wolves get there.

71 min Another Wolves change. Daniel Podence, who won the penalty that put Wolves ahead, is replaced by Leander Dendoncker. That cautious change – I’d imagine Wolves will switch to 3-5-1-1 – is a reflection of Olympiakos’s dominance.

70 min Allain makes a good save from Podence, though the flag had gone up for offside.


67 min It’s getting desperate out there. Fortounis beats two players on the left side of the box and crosses low to El-Arabi, who turns Coady smartly on the six-yard line but then slips and hits his shot into the side netting at the near post.

65 min Ahmed Hassan replaces Camara for Olympiakos. Moments later, El-Arabi’s speculative backheader from Valbuena’s inswinging free-kick is easily held by Rui Patricio.

63 min This is a good spell for Wolves. When a corner is half cleared, Vinagre sprays a long angled pass over the top of the defence to Podence. He cushions a first-time volley back to Jota, whose fierce snapshot takes a deflection and flies wide of the far post. The stretching Boly almost diverted it into the net.

62 min Coady, in the centre circle, sweeps a stunning disguised pass inside the full back for Doherty, whose cutback is put behind for a corner.

62 min: Good save by Allain! Neves nicked the ball 35 yards from goal and found Jota, who zoomed forwards and swept a rising shot from the edge of the area that was tipped over at full stretch by Allain. It was central enough for it to be a relatively comfortable save.

61 min See 50 min.

59 min Olympiakos have dominated this game since around the 20th minute. The only slight plus point for Wolves is that Rui Patricio hasn’t had that much to do. But it feels like an equaliser is in the post.

56 min Adama Traore is replaced by the out-of-form Europa League golden boy Diogo Jota.

55 min The more I see a replay of that El-Arabi chance, the more I think it should have been a penalty. Boly didn’t apply that much force with a forearm into the back, but the force he did apply stopped El-Arabi getting a clear header at goal from six yards.


54 min A brilliant lofted cross from the right by Elabdellaoui finds El-Arabi, who is eased into the ball by Boly and flicks his header well off target as a result. El-Arabi wanted a penalty; VAR gave it a cursory lock. Boly knew what he was doing, though I’m not sure there was enough for a penalty.

53 min Olympiakos are starting to pin Wolves back in their half. Camara zips between Traore and Neves before being well challenged on the edge of the area by Boly.

50 min I’ll tell you one thing: the next goal is a big one. You don’t get that level of insight elsewhere.


49 min Nothing much to report in the first few minutes of the second half.

At least there’s a pleasant night’s sky to look at.

At least there’s a pleasant night’s sky to look at. Photograph: Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images


46 min Two half-time changes for Olympiakos. Giorgos Masouras and Andreas Bouchalakias have been replaced by Kostas Fortounis and Lazar Randjelovic.

46 min Olympiakos begin the second half.

Half time: Wolves 1-0 Olympiakos (agg: 2-1)

Peep peep! Raul Jimenez’s nonchalant early penalty has put Wolves ahead, but the last 25 minutes of the first half were pretty uncomfortable and Olympiakos would have equalised had that pesky VAR not spotted an excessively enthusiastic armpit in the build-up to Mady Camara’s apparent equaliser.

45+6 min Moutinho is still lying on his back, though he is conscious. I suppose Wolves can make a decision during the half-time break as to whether he can continue.

45+4 min Ba is booked for flattening Joao Moutinho. It was a clash of heads, in fact, and Moutinho is receiving treatment.


45+1 min Four minutes.

45 min Tsimikas is booked for fouling Traore in his follow through after originally winning the ball. The resulting free-kick eventuallyleads to a sweet long-range strike from Neves that is claimed at the second attempt by Allain.

44 min Wolves are hanging on for half-time. Camara picks up a loose ball on the edge of the D, loses Ruben Neves and drives a few yards wide of the far post.

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