26 Jul Crusaders v Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Report, 01/08/2019, UEFA Europa League
Molineux toasted Wolves’ return to Europe later 39 years, with a 2-0 defeat of Crusaders fostering their Europa League qualification hopes.
Sean O’Neill’s late error enabled Ruben Vinagre to include to Diogo Jota’s first-half target as Wolves indicated their return on European football by beating Crusaders 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League second-round qualifier.
Jota struck late in the first half to put the Premier League side in front but they fought to break the Irish side down in Molineux on Thursday.
After successfully marshalling his defence all game, goalkeeper O’Neill fell a late Storm and enabled replacement Vinagre to convert what’s very likely to be a critical second goal at the 93rd minute.
Jota dragged a shot wide as Wolvesback in Europe later 39 years, dominated the early exchanges with O’Neill then parrying a long-range Leander Dendoncker strike.
Wolves eventually broke through at the 37th moment, patient buildup play arming Adama Traore on that the ideal wing, together with his cross brilliantly powered initially by Jota.
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Morgan Gibbs-White rifled narrowly around as Wolves sought to expand their lead however, struggled to find distance against Stephen Baxter’s deep-lying defence following the period.
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Raul Jimenez led straight at O’Neill at the 75th moment and the goalkeeper was lucky his first fumble wasn’t pricey, the Crusaders captain asserting the loose ball.
O’Neill’s following mistake would be penalized, however, the goalkeeper misjudging a cross out of Joao Moutinho to depart Vinagre the simplest finish to an open aim.
Crusaders have lost 10 of the 12 away qualification games to the UEFA Cup/Europa League and also their hopes of qualifying for another round appear slender.