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Kilman and Jiménez punish sloppy Everton and send Wolf seventh | Premier league


Wolves fans could have been forgiven for a moment of nostalgia when Nuno Espírito Santo’s new team arrived and eliminated them from the Carabao Cup in September, but a four-win streak and a draw has brought them to seventh place in the Premier League and above Tottenham Hotspur. the day he transferred his former manager. Instead, after goals from Max Kilman and Raúl Jiménez, the Wolves are grateful to be under the leadership of Bruno Lage.

Everton lost for the third game in a row but, after a woeful first half, came back strong after Alex Iwobi canceled a goal. But they all said that the wolves deserved their victory.

Recovered in the starting lineup, Ruben Neves had already seen his withering volley from the edge of the area brilliantly parried by Jordan Pickford, Mason Holgate cleared Conor Coady’s rebound attempt as the Wolves started with a bang.

Raúl Jiménez made a violent run down the rather smooth middle of Everton’s midfield before tickling a pass to Hwang Hee-chan, who on the second attempt hit his shot from the far post. It appeared that the South Korean had become the fastest Wolves player to score five Premier League goals when they all returned for kickoff, but the VAR saw that Hwang had been slightly offside.

It was remarkable how much the Wolves players braced each other for encouragement rather than disappointment after that and, just after the half hour mark, it was two goals for good.

Raúl Jiménez of Wolverhampton Wanderers finds the net.
Raúl Jiménez of Wolverhampton Wanderers finds the net. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge / Action Images / Reuters

Everton, despite their impressive start to the season when they lost just once in their first seven games, appeared to be drunk on that notable collapse against Watford nine days ago.

On paper, this looked like an exciting team, with Richarlison coming back from a knee injury to start for the first time in seven weeks to complete a four-striker pace. But the problem was that this left them vulnerable in the back of the midfield, where Francisco Trincão, Hwang and Jiménez kept finding spaces of space.

The first goal followed another conviction streak by Jiménez who won a corner. Rayan Aït-Nouri handed it over and Max Kilman rose to the lead on his first Premier League goal.

Four minutes later, Jiménez was strong again, reacting faster to Ben Godfrey’s pass back that was vaguely going to Pickford. Clean, the Mexican finished sumptuously on the goalkeeper for his first goal at Molineux since October 25 of last year. After nine months with that fractured skull, this was a night when Jiménez looked back at his best.

Everton switched to 4-3-3, in an attempt to stem the Wolves’ flow, and they scored their first goal when Romain Saïss cut off a punt attempt to offer Demarai Gray a great opportunity, but the striker fired well wide.

Rafael Benítez had never suffered the ignominy of conceding five goals in a Premier League coaching game before Watford’s visit and this match looked like it could go the same way if Everton didn’t toughen up. Fabian Delph replaced Jean-Philippe Gbamin after Mainz’s summer transfer for £ 25m suffered a nightmarish Premier League debut.

Everton found a way back to the game. First Coady headed a cross shot from Andros Townsend behind his own goal and then the Wolves captain was injured blocking Ricarlison from what looked like a certain goal after José Sá, receiving a routine pass back, inexplicably to him. will pass the ball straight to the Brazilian forward within six. patio box.

Having taken courage, the visiting team was able to play higher up the field and locked up the Wolves. Godfrey, entering with his right foot, shot low and hard and, when the ball bounced off Coady, Alex Iwobi shot home. Game in.

The wolves finally came back from retreat and they should have made the game safe. Hwang slalomed inside and left the ball to Trincão, who showed excellent close control to beat his man and have a clear view of the goal, only to shoot wide from eight yards.

Martin Atkinson marked the spot for a Wolves penalty earlier correctly if he belatedly decided that Mason Holgate’s foul on Trincão came just outside the area. Everton continued to push for the tie, and Sá flipped substitute Anthony Gordon’s header to safety.


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