Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves still have a hard time scoring goals due to the long absence of Raúl Jiménez, but he always has the resource of the physical power and class of Adama Traoré, who lavished a great individual play that ended, not without fortune, with the resistance of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds at Molineux (1-0).
Adama Traoré unleashed a shell from outside the box after a home-brand run, the ball was spat out by the squad and bounced off the back of French goalkeeper Illan Meslier before sneaking into his goal. An own goal that decided the pulse between two teams located in the middle zone of the Premier. In fact, with the win, Wolves ousted Leeds from 11th place.
Pedro Neto’s Monopoly
Pedro Neto monopolized the Wolves attack by relying on former Blue-red players Adama Traoré and Nelson Semedo, but Meslier thwarted two strokes from outside the area of the Portuguese winger, who looked for a goal again and again in the first minutes.
Wolves’ drive prevented Leeds from lavishing on attack in this final phase, but was able to score in a double shot in the 26th minute, when Mateusz Klich lavished a low kick that repelled the post and, in the rebound, Rui Patricio avoided the goal in Pascal Struijk’s point-blank shot.
Melson Semedo twice
The Wolves reply was immediate with two arrivals from Nelson Semedo, launched by Pedro Neto and Willian José, who again ruined Meslier.
After the break, Leeds, who had more possession of the ball in the counting of the game, generated more danger in attack and returned to have the goal in another double shot, both with a header, first by Liam Cooper and then by Patrick Ramford who served Rui Patricio and central Conor Coady in a providential way (63 ‘).
Great boarding of Adama and own goal
But in football it often happens that whoever forgives pays it and Leeds checked it on the next play. A play by Adama Traoré, who threw a diagonal from the left towards the center with his usual power and unleashed a whiplash from outside the area that crashed into the same crosshead. The ball bounced off Meslier’s back and slipped.
An unexpected carom that prevented Adama Traoré from signing a flag goal, which would be his first in this Premier, as it was awarded to Meslier in his own door.
Rui Patricio ensures the triumph
Leeds sought the equalizer in a volley by Cooper on a free kick that diverted Rui Patricio to a corner (67 ‘) and in a counter that ended in a goal by Bamford before the referee canceled it for offside (77’ ).
Wolves ended up asking for the time and Rui Patricio was their savior twice in discount when kicking off a shot from Helder Costa and the subsequent header from Bamford.
Wolves: Rui Patrício; Dendoncker, Coady, Saïss; Nelson Semedo, Rúben Neves, Moutinho, Jonny (Marçal, 60 ‘); Pedro Neto, Willian José (Fábio Silva, 87 ‘) and Adama Traoré
Leeds: Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Dallas; Raphinha,
Shackelton (Pablo Hernández, 66 ‘), Klich (Helder Costa, 81’), Harrison (E. Alioski, 81 ‘); Robert; Bamford
Goal: 1-0 Meslier (pp) (64 ‘)
Referee: David Coote. Cards: YELLOW: Pedro Neto (91 ‘)
Stadium: Behind closed doors at the Molineux Stadium