Europa League - Qualifying Third Round - 1st Leg
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Pyunik 0-4 Wolves: Raul Jimenez scores twice as Wolves dominate in Armenia

Raul Jimenez celebrates with team-mate Diogo Jota
Portugal's Diogo Jota provided two assists for strike partner Raul Jimenez in Armenia

Raul Jimenez scored twice as Wolves took firm control of their Europa League third-round qualifier against Armenian side Pyunik with a dominant first-leg display in Yerevan.

Returning from pre-season injury, Republic of Ireland right-back Matt Doherty slotted into the bottom corner from Diogo Jota's pass to put the visitors ahead after 29 minutes.

Jota provided two further assists for strike partner Jimenez either side of the interval, allowing the unmarked Mexican to fire into the roof of the net three minutes before half-time and then add his side's third 35 seconds after the restart.

Second-half substitute Ruben Neves converted an injury-time penalty, won by £16m summer signing Patrick Cutrone, as Wolves - competing in Europe for the first time since 1980 - recorded their biggest ever continental victory.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo handed a first appearance to AC Milan arrival Cutrone as Doherty, Jota and Jimenez were withdrawn in anticipation of the club's opening Premier League fixture away to Leicester City on Sunday (14:00 BST).

The second leg against Pyunik takes place at Molineux next Thursday (19:45), with the winners playing either Italian side Torino or Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus in the play-off round on 22 and 29 August - the final qualifying round before the group stages.

Wolves in rush to be ready for Premier League

A 6,370-mile round journey to the Armenian capital three days before the club's opening Premier League fixture presented a far from ideal situation for Wolves, who claimed a seventh-place league finish last term.

Following a comfortable 6-1 aggregate victory over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the previous round, Wolves prepared meticulously for their trip to Yerevan with the squad reportedly undertaking a mid-flight workout in preparation.

A similar post-match session is planned for the players - who began their Europa League qualifying on 25 July - and, on Thursday's evidence, they appear suitably fit and hungry to build on last season's achievements.

Initially lacking a cutting edge, Doherty's fine finish from his side's first shot on target prompted slick waves of attacks as Jota missed his opportunity to double the lead.

Jimenez, Gold Cup winner with Mexico over the summer, was twice presented ample time to select his spot following tireless work by Jota - with the pair continuing their electric form of last season.

It took 50 minutes for 14-time Armenian champions Pyunik to register a shot on target, as their hopes of reaching the group stages of European competition for the first time were all but ended for another year.

Neves' late penalty added deserved gloss for Wolves, for whom another promising and eventful season dawns.

Line-ups

Pyunik

  • 25Dragojevic
  • 8Stankov
  • 66Zhestokov
  • 63Marku
  • 5Manucharyan
  • 6Mkrtchyan
  • 7Simonyan
  • 13EfimovSubstituted forBurzanovicat 55'minutes
  • 77MahmudovSubstituted forAlfredat 63'minutes
  • 70Shevchuk
  • 9Miranyan

Substitutes

  • 1Manukyan
  • 2Grigoryan
  • 4Belov
  • 17Yedigaryan
  • 42Alfred
  • 65Galimov
  • 98Burzanovic

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertySubstituted forCutroneat 63'minutes
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 27SaïssBooked at 32mins
  • 28João MoutinhoBooked at 70mins
  • 29Vinagre
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forNevesat 71'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 8Neves
  • 10Cutrone
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 21Ruddy
  • 26Perry
  • 49Kilman
Referee:
Michael Fabbri
Attendance:
13,050

Match Stats

Home TeamPyunikAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 8th August 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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