Wolves 2-1 Tottenham: Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina score in stoppage time

Pablo Sarabia’s goal was Wolves’ first in the league this season not assisted or scored by Pedro Neto or Hwang Hee-Chan

Two goals in stoppage time sealed a dramatic victory for Wolves over Tottenham in the Premier League.

Mario Lemina scored in the seventh minute of additional time at Molineux, sliding the ball into the far side of the net after an expertly timed pass by Pablo Sarabia.

Sarabia had levelled six minutes earlier with a sublime finish, volleying home after flicking the ball to himself in the air.

Spurs’ 10-game unbeaten start to the season was cut short by their chaotic 4-1 defeat by Chelsea on Monday, but they issued an immediate response on Saturday as Brennan Johnson tapped home after latching on to a Pedro Porro pass.

Tottenham’s impression was momentary, however, and Wolves quickly grew into the game with energetic pressing in the final third, albeit lacking any real cutting edge in front of goal.

Wolves failed to convert numerous chances, with Hwang Hee-chan and Sasa Kalajdzic missing the target from close range, but remained persistent in their attacking intent.

Tottenham failed to come away unscathed after Wolves’ late heroics as they succumbed to back-to-back defeats, missing out on a chance to go to the top of the table.

Spurs made to pay by dominant Wolves

A collection of enforced changes presented issues for Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou, and his makeshift side failed to cope with the relentless Wolves pressure.

Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie began suspensions after receiving red cards on Monday, while Micky van de Ven and James Maddison have picked up injuries.

Eric Dier, making his first start of the season, had to contest a continual onslaught of Wolves attacks with central defensive partner Ben Davies, who returned after an ankle injury, and they were unable to maintain their defensive strength for the whole game.

Wolves left it late to find their way back into the game but were by far the more promising attacking side, registering 17 shots.

Spurs could not make the most of getting an early advantage, with their lack of potency in the final third leading to just one more shot on target.

Defeat was only the eighth time a Premier League side have lost after leading going into the 90th minute.

Wolves make up for lack of cutting edge

Gary O’Neil’s men lacked potency in the final third but the introduction of 86th-minute substitute Sarabia changed their fortunes with his expert eye in front of goal.

Hwang and Kalajdzic’s misses were glaring errors, but they were not alone: only four of Wolves’ efforts on goal managed to hit the target.

The dramatic ending, however, atoned for their misfortunes in normal time as they bounced back from last week’s stoppage-time defeat by Sheffield United.

Enigmatic winger Pedro Neto remained sidelined with a hamstring injury, and the presence of a player who has assisted seven goals in 10 games was sorely missed.

With the Premier League pausing for the international break, the possible reintroduction of Neto when it resumes could be a crucial addition.

Player of the match

SarabiaPablo Sarabia

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number21Player nameSarabia

  2. Squad number5Player nameLemina

  3. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  4. Squad number20Player nameDoyle

  5. Squad number8Player nameJoão Gomes

  6. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Cunha

  7. Squad number2Player nameDoherty

  8. Squad number23Player nameKilman

  9. Squad number24Player nameToti Gomes

  10. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri

  11. Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-chan

  12. Squad number27Player nameBellegarde

  13. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

  14. Squad number18Player nameKalajdzic

  15. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1
  • 23Kilman
  • 15DawsonBooked at 90mins
  • 24Gomes
  • 22Nélson SemedoSubstituted forDohertyat 67′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27BellegardeSubstituted forKalajdzicat 73′minutes
  • 5Lemina
  • 8João GomesBooked at 90minsSubstituted forSarabiaat 87′minutes
  • 3Aït-NouriBooked at 90minsSubstituted forDoyleat 87′minutes
  • 11Hwang Hee-chan
  • 12Matheus Cunha


  • 2Doherty
  • 6Traoré
  • 9Fábio Silva
  • 17Bueno
  • 18Kalajdzic
  • 19Otto
  • 20Doyle
  • 21Sarabia
  • 25Bentley


Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Vicario
  • 23Porro
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 12Emerson RoyalBooked at 45mins
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLo Celsoat 76′minutes
  • 29SarrSubstituted forBentancurat 63′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 7Son Heung-min
  • 22JohnsonSubstituted forGilat 75′minutes


  • 4Skipp
  • 11Gil
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 20Forster
  • 30Bentancur
  • 35Phillips
  • 36Véliz
  • 63Donley
  • 65Dorrington

Live Text

Source link

Leave a Comment