Wolves 2-1 Torino (agg 5-3): Europa League qualifying play-off second leg – as it happened

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Raul Jimenez scored his sixth goal in this season’s Europa League as Wolves eliminated a decent Italian side and moved into the group stage

Report: Wolves secure group-stage place

That’s it for tonight’s blog. I’ll leave you with the brilliant Paul Doyle’s match report from Molineux. Bye!

Yes, Rangers are through.

It looks like Rangers will join Celtic, Wolves and others in tomorrow’s Europa League draw. Alfredo Morelos’s injury-time goal has put them 1-0 up on aggregate against Legia Warsaw.

Full time: Wolves 2-1 Torino (agg: 5-3)

Peep peep! Wolves are into the group stage of the Europa League! Torino finished strongly, but for the most part Wolves were comfortable in defence and dangerous on the counter-attack. They have deservedly eliminated a decent Italian side, and they and their supporters will add a lot to this competition.

Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates his teams 2-1 victory.
Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates his teams 2-1 victory. Photograph: Ryan Browne/BPI/Shutterstock


90+2 min Another Wolves change: Neto on, Raul Jimenez off. He is pure gold, Jimenez, and the Wolves fans give him a lovely ovation as he leaves the field.

90 min Ruben Neves replaces Joao Moutinho. There will be four minutes of additional time.

90 min Another chance for Torino! After an almighty scramble on the edge of the area, Belotti turns beautifully away from Coady but has to stretch to take the shot and can only slice it wide.

88 min Millico scurries into the area before mishitting a low shot that is blocked by the sliding Coady. Torino are going down swinging.


86 min A great chance at the other end, with the substitute Meite running onto Belotti’s neat flick and slapping a shot this far wide from 16 yards.

86 min Sirigu makes an outstanding save, plunging to his right to palm away a low shot from Dendoncker. He played a lovely one-two on the edge with Jimenez, moved the ball onto his left foot and drove the ball towards goal. Sirigu did extremely well to keep it out.

Dendoncker shoots.
Dendoncker shoots. Photograph: Ryan Browne/BPI/Shutterstock


84 min Torino are running out of time. They need two goals in eight or nine minutes.

82 min Torino make their third change, with Zaza replaced by Vincenzo Millico.

81 min Wolves make a change, with Patrick Cutrone replacing Diogo Jota.

81 min Wolves are starting to look a litttle edgy, especially at set pieces. After a bit of a scramble in the area, Zaza flicks the ball up and slices an overhead kick over the bar.

79 min Simone Zaza moves onto his left foot and hammers an excellent 25-yard shot that takes a slight deflection and flashes just past the post. I think Rui Patricio had it covered.

77 min The Wolves players and fans enjoy a long period of olé football. There’s a party atmosphere, even though Torino only need two goals to force extra-time.

74 min For the umpteenth time tonight, a scintillating run from Traore leads to a corner for Wolves. Moutinho’s outswinger is headed down by Boly and bounces around the box before being cleared.

Traore gets past Berenguer.
Traore gets past Berenguer. Photograph: Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images


73 min Diogo Jota seems fine. He’s been Wolves’ best player, just ahead of Traore and Coady.

72 min Another Torino change: Tomas Rincon is replaced by Soualiho Meite.

71 min Diogo Jota is receiving treatment after being taken out off the ball by Rincon. He’s lucky not to be booked for that.

70 min Torino make their first change: Temitayo Aina is replaced by Alex Berenguer.

66 min Aina’s long throw bounces across the Wolves area and is headed clear by Jonny. Most of Torino’s best moments have been from dead balls, including the goal.


62 min Bremer is booked for hoofing the superb Diogo Jota. Torino haven’t been able to handle him.


59 min The Wolves goal doesn’t change the fact Torino need to score three. But it means that, if it ends 3-2, the match will go extra-time. Had Torino won 3-1 they would have gone through.

GOAL! Wolves 2-1 Torino (Dendoncker 58)

Wolves take the lead almost straight from the kick-off! Diogo Jota wriggled through and smashed a low shot that was beaten away by Sirigu. It rebounded to Dendoncker, who sidefooted the loose ball in off the post from 15 yards.

Dendoncker score the second for Wolves.
Dendoncker score the second for Wolves. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images


GOAL! Wolves 1-1 Torino (Belotti 57)

And it leads to a goal! Baselli flashed the free-kick towards the near post, where Belotti steered a good header past Rui Patricio from six yards.

Belotti steers the header home for Torino’s equaliser.
Belotti steers the header home for Torino’s equaliser. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


57 min Belotti is fouled just outside the area, a fair way to the left of centre. Baselli will take the free-kick...

55 min Traore skins Aina again and wins a corner.

53 min Torino continue to dominate possession, but it’s a classic example of sterile domination. Wolves have been the better team, whatever the possession statistics may say.

51 min Good save from Rui Patricio. Torino had a free-kick on the left wing, which Baselli curled towards the far top corner. Rui Patricio leapt to his left to fingertip it behind.

Patricio tips it over the bar.
Patricio tips it over the bar. Photograph: Ryan Browne/BPI/Shutterstock


48 min Lukic is booked for a cynical foul on Diogo Jota, who had surged past a couple of Torino players near the halfway line.

46 min Peep peep! Wolves begin the second half.

“It’s worth staying up for the highlights of FC Antwerp - AZ Alkmaar,” says Maarten Logghe. “You’ll be able to enjoy Antwerp going down to 10 men after 35 minutes because of two stupid yellows in three minutes. They managed to hang on and even score with 15 minutes remaining, Only to see their goalscorer already on a yellow, take off his shirt and climb the fence to celebrate with fans. So they’re down to nine.”

And it all goes wrong, big-time.

“They’re not showing this game in the U.S. so I’m unable to watch it,” says J.R. in Illinois, “but that’s okay because it has given me the afternoon to ponder Eric Cantona’s speech at the Champions League draw earlier today.”

It was so good. He could not give a solitary sardine about all that ceremonial nonsense.

Wins the 2019 UEFA President's Award... Gives bizarre cryptic speech to confuse everyone in attendance.

Eric Cantona, ladies and gentlemen 😂 pic.twitter.com/qNgZB0cFoW

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2019

Half time: Wolves 1-0 Torino (agg: 4-2)

Typical Wolves. They’ve had less of the ball, more of the chances and deservedly lead through Raul Jimenez’s smart finish. Unless they concede at least three goals in the second half, they will be in tomorrow’s Europa League draw.

45 min Jonny is booked for offending the referee’s sensibilities.

44 min Coady, under a lot of pressure from Zaza, does really well to head away a superb cross from De Silvestri. Wolves are so well organised defensively.

41 min The match is getting a little physical. Torino are starting to look hacked off with life, Rincon in particular.

37 min: A chance for Zaza! It came from a fine right-wing cross by De Silvestri. Zaza towered over Coady, eight yards from goal, but planted his header too close to Rui Patricio, who plunged to his left to make a comfortable save.

35 min For all Torino’s possession, Wolves have been very comfortable defensively and have created the clearer chances on the break.

33 min Baselli is booked for flattening Traore.

33 min “Traore was memorably described last season as a ‘Porsche with a learner driver at the wheel’,” says Pete. “But tonight he looks like a Lamborghini with Lewis Hamilton in the driver’s seat!”

32 min Torino need three goals or they will be parachuted into the Do One Cup.


It was made by the excellent Traore, who ran Aina, came back onto his left foot and curled a low a cross towards the near post. Jimenez got between Bonifazi and Bremer to sweep a deft volley past Sirigu from six yards.


GOAL! Wolves 1-0 Torino (Raul Jimenez 30)

Raul Jimenez gets his sixth goal in this season’s Europa League. It’s bloody August.

Jimenez scores the opener.
Jimenez scores the opener. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
And celebrates putting Wolves ahead.
And celebrates putting Wolves ahead. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images


28 min A corner is cleared to Baselli, 30 yards from goal. He knows he shouldn’t shoot, deep down he knows it’s a bad idea, but he can’t resist. Goalkick to Wolves.

26 min After a slow start, Wolves are starting to look really dangerous on the counter-attack. Jota and Dendoncker combine to find Jonny, whose lofted cross is headed away. Moments later, the crowd appeal for handball after a ricochet in the Torino area. I don’t think there was anything in it.

25 min That was an awesome turn of speed from Traore. He didn’t need to do anything fancy, just roar past anyone who was in his way.

24 min: What a run from Traore! After some neat one-touch play around the halfway line, Traore surged exhilaratingly through the inside-right channel. He scorched past the last man Bremer and into the area before whacking a low shot that was excellently saved by Sirigu.

Traore shoots.
Traore shoots. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


23 min Saiss plays a terrible pass from inside his own area that goes straight to Lukic on the left wing. He is saved by Coady, who stoops to head the resulting cross away.

21 min See 18 min.

19 min A defensive header from Vallejo (I think) drops invitingly for Rincon, who hooks a volley wide of goal from 23 yards.


18 min It’s still all Torino. They haven’t created much, just a half chance from that Baselli free-kick, but it’s been a confident start nonetheless.

17 min Random Torino memories, part 1.

16 min Lukic teases Vallejo on the left, moves the ball back onto his right foot ... and wafts a cross straight out of play for a goalkick.

13 min Torino are dominating possession. That won’t particularly bother Wolves, who are happiest playing on the counter-attack, but things will get very nervy if Torino get the first goal.

12 min Jimenez is fouled 30 yards from goal, slightly to the right of centre. Saiss’s free-kick hits the top of the wall and is eventually cleared.

Saiss sends the free-kick into the wall.
Saiss sends the free-kick into the wall. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA


11 min “Wolves are not in gold, they are in orange,” says David Dein, throwing some shade my way. “Propose to someone with a ring that colour and you’re more likely to get a slap then a yes.”

If you ask me, I’d say the jersey is more of a ‘dark gold’, and that the kit is the first featuring the club’s new sponsor ManbetX, while CoinDeal remain sleeve sponsors for another campaign in the top tier of English football.

10 min Torino are starting to look dangerous. Baselli’s dipping, inswinging free-kick from the left is headed on by De Silvestri and just evades the unmarked Belotti beyond the far post.

8 min “Nice to see Nuno putting faith in Jesus to break up the back three hegemony of Coady-Boly-Bennett,” says Phil Russell. “Bennett defied all expectations in getting through last season without being too exposed but is the weakest link of the 3, especially when it comes to pace. Playing both yellow-card magnet Saiss and Dendoncker in midfield is more negative and I wonder if Nuno is looking to shield the defence with effectively a 1.5 goal cushion and try and hit on the break. Thought Gibbs-White or Neto would’ve got a start. Might be a cagey first 45 that comes to life after the break.”

7 min Torino try the old Beckham/Scholes corner. Baselli connects well with his volley but screws it well wide.

7 min Aina goes on a jaunty run infield before hitting a weak shot from 25 yards that takes a slight deflection and goes behind for a corner.

5 min “Sitting just a half a mile from Molineux and with a salmon sandwich in hand, I predict a 2-2 draw tonight and an aggregate win,” says Pete. “But why is Neves on the bench again? Pop over for a Horlicks if you get cold.”

I’m sure Neves would have started if you were behind in the tie. Nuno will have to take some risks with rotation this season, certainly if you reach the group stage.

4 min A clipped cross from Diogo Jota just evades Ji-MEN-ez at the near post, after which there’s a break in play while Izzo receives treatment. He’s unhappy with one of the Wolves players, Jonny I think.

3 min Nothing to report so far.

2 min “Meanwhile, Celtic are winning in Sweden,” says Alec McAulay. “You know, Celtic - from Glasgow; Glasgow, you know - in Scotland; Scotland, you know - near the Lake District.”

I do know; I live there.

1 min Peep peep! Torino, in their familiar burgundy kit, get the match underway. Wolves are in gold.

“Can I use your stage to get something off my chest?” says Simon Frank. “The Wolves striker is called Raul Ji-MEN-ez, emphasis on the second syllable. Not JIM-enez. Ditto Martinez. Ditto every bloody Spanish name ending in –ez. It’s my mission to erase this mistake from every football podcast out there. Except Nessun Dorma - they’d never make such a basic error.”

To be fair, we struggle to pronounce Steve Bull’s name correctly.

“Hi Rob,” says Phil Grey. “It’s actually 4,679,216,614,909,999,999,532 matches. You’re forgetting the 1991 European Cup final between Red Star and Marseille.”

I paid a lot of money to Lacuna, Inc. to have that game erased from my memory.

Team news

Wolves (3-5-2) Rui Patricio; Vallejo, Coady, Boly; Traore, Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Saiss, Jonny; Jimenez, Diogo Jota.
Substitutes: Ruddy, Bennett, Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves, Cutrone, Gibbs-White, Ruben Vinagre.

Torino (3-5-2) Sirigu; Izzo, Bremer, Bonifazi; De Silvestri, Baselli, Rincon, Lukic, Aina; Zaza, Belotti.
Substitutes: Rosati, Singo, Berenguer, Millico, Meite, Parigini, Djidji

Referee Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain).



Hello. Molineux is where European football started, with the famous match between Wolves and Honved in 1954. Sixty-five years and 4,679,216,614,909,999,999,531 matches later, it’s great to have Wolves back. This is their first season in Europe since 1980-81; and unlike many English clubs, they see the Europa League as an opportunity rather than a hassle.

Nuno Espirito Santo knows that cups = glory. And if the atmosphere during the match against Manchester United 10 days ago is anything to go by, there are going to be some barnstorming European nights at Molineux this season. First they need to finish the job they started so impressively when they won 3-2 away to Torino a week ago. If they do that, they will join Arsenal and Manchester United’s in tomorrow’s draw for the group stage.

Kick off is at 7.45pm.



Rob Smyth

The GuardianTramp

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