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Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 Leeds United

Helder Costa
Helder Costa scored his first goal of the season for Wolves

Wolves eased to their biggest home win of the season as they saw off Leeds United to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Championship.

The hosts led 2-0 at the break thanks to Barry Douglas' superb free-kick and Ivan Cavaleiro's smart finish.

Ezgjan Alioski ghosted in to pull one back, but team-mate Ronaldo Vieira was then sent off for a second booking.

But Diogo Jota ran through to chip a third before sub Helder Costa's clinching penalty.

After a quiet start on a wet, windy night at Molineux, Wolves' dead-ball specialist Douglas brought the game to life when he curled a stunning left-foot free-kick into the top right corner on 15 minutes.

Top scorer Leo Bonatini twice went close as did Cavaleiro before rampant Wolves doubled their lead on 26 minutes.

Fed from the right, Cavaleiro turned inside and had time to beat a man inside the penalty area before smashing in a left-foot shot from 12 yards, which former Wolves keeper Andy Lonergan got a hand to but could not prevent going in.

Cavaleiro was then so close to a third, exchanging passes with Jota before a clever toe poke with the outside of his right boot drifted just wide.

Yet, after a first half of home dominance, within three minutes of the restart, Leeds cut the deficit to just one goal.

Latching onto Samuel Saiz's ball in from the left, Alioski stole in behind Wolves' dozing defence and hooked in left-foot volley.

Leeds looked capable of levelling until midfielder Vieira was sent off on the hour mark for his second bookable offence for repeating his first-half foul on Jota.

And the substitution of Costa for Cavaleiro gave the hosts further impetus.

Within three minutes of coming on, while Molineux was still purring at one superb piece of Costa's close dribbling on the right flank, Jota raced through a yawning gap to subtly lift his left-foot chip over the advancing Lonergan.

And, when Bonatini was brought down by Lonergan, last year's leading scorer Costa confidently struck home the penalty for his first goal of the season to send most of a 28,914 crowd home happy.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC WM:

"It was a good performance in the first half, but the result does not tell how hard it was for us as we were playing a good team.

"At 2-1, the sending off changed the game. It was a fair decision. But we know hard it is to play with one man less.

"Being four points clear still means nothing at this stage. We simply prepare for the next game."

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen told BBC Sport:

"We have faced the best team in the league tonight. Their pace and movement is exceptional.

"But look at the players they have. Jota, Costa, Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Neves. Who wouldn't want one of them in their team?

"But we matched them at times and were in it until the sending off. We have to learn from that and accept it. The referee was right."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 27SaissSubstituted forA N'Diayeat 81'minutes
  • 8NevesSubstituted forPriceat 80'minutes
  • 3Douglas
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forHélder Costaat 69'minutes
  • 33Bonatini
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 6Batth
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Price
  • 25Miranda
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 31Norris

Leeds

  • 1Lonergan
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 28Berardi
  • 25VieiraBooked at 60mins
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 51mins
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 62mins
  • 21SáizSubstituted forDallasat 77'minutes
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forO'Kaneat 69'minutes
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forEkubanat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Pennington
  • 8Anita
  • 13Wiedwald
  • 14O'Kane
  • 15Dallas
  • 35Shaughnessy
  • 45Ekuban
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
28,914

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leeds United 1.

Attempt missed. Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Romain Saiss.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price replaces Rúben Neves.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leeds United 1. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Andy Lonergan (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Leeds United 1. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Eunan O'Kane replaces Pablo Hernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Caleb Ekuban replaces Kemar Roofe.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

Attempt saved. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Booking

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kemar Roofe.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ronaldo Vieira.

Booking

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves18132335161941
2Cardiff18114325131237
3Sheff Utd18120631201136
4Aston Villa189542617932
5Bristol City188732718931
6Middlesbrough188552415929
7Derby178542620629
8Nottm Forest189092627-127
9Ipswich178273026426
10Leeds188282724326
11Sheff Wed186752321225
12Preston186752120125
13Brentford185852624223
14Fulham185852424023
15Norwich186571622-623
16QPR185672026-621
17Barnsley175572323020
18Millwall184771919019
19Reading175482023-319
20Hull184683032-218
21Birmingham184311927-1815
22Burton1835101235-2314
23Bolton182791531-1613
24Sunderland181892335-1211
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