Europa League - Qualifying Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Wolves beat Torino to reach Europa League group stage

Raul Jimenez
Raul Jimenez has scored six goals in as many Europa League qualifiers this season

Wolves booked their place in the Europa League group stage after beating Torino in front of a jubilant Molineux.

The Black Country side are in the main stage of a European competition for the first time since 1980 after coming through three rounds of qualifiers.

Raul Jimenez opened the scoring as he hooked home Adama Traore's cross.

Andrea Belotti gave Torino brief hope with a header to make it 4-3 on aggregate, but seconds later Leander Dendoncker put the game out of reach.

That goal meant Torino - who lost last week's home leg 3-2 - needed to score twice to force extra time, and, despite some late chances, a comeback never seemed likely.

Wolves will discover their group opponents during Friday's draw at 12:00 BST in Monaco. Manchester United, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers are also in the draw. No sides from the same country can be in one group, but an English team and Scottish team can be drawn together.

United, the 2017 winners, and last season's beaten finalists Arsenal will be among the top seeds. Celtic are in pot two, Wolves are in the third and Rangers are among the bottom seeds.

Mission accomplished for Wolves

Wolves' European run may end up causing problems for their 21-man first-team squad - this was their ninth game in 36 days - but that is a problem boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants.

The Portuguese - who has turned the club around since his 2017 appointment when they were in the Championship - named a strong team, making only four changes from Sunday's draw with Burnley.

They started the game on the back foot, with Torino dominating possession and Wolves playing a counter-attacking game.

But wing-back Traore was lively down the right and forced a save from Salvatore Sirigu after a sensational surging run - before setting up Jimenez for the opener. The Mexican has scored six goals in as many qualifiers this season.

Torino needed three goals at that stage and for about 60 seconds they seemed back in the tie when Italy international Belotti headed in Daniele Baselli's free-kick.

But before television replays of that goal were even shown, Wolves had restored their two-goal aggregate advantage when Diogo Jota's shot was saved and Dendoncker's first-time shot from 16 yards went in via the post.

Torino, who finished seventh in Serie A last season, had a go with Simone Zaza and Soualiho Meite going close. But the Italian side went the way of Northern Ireland's Crusaders and Armenian side Pyunik, Wolves' victims in the previous two rounds.

'This is massive for us'

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "Work started two years ago and this is the next step. This is massive for us.

"It has been tough so far. The way the fans push us, they are the 12th man.

"Tomorrow, after training, we will watch the draw. I don't want to look too far ahead. We want to improve during the competition and use the games as a tool to improve the team."

What's next?

Wolves visit Everton on Sunday in the Premier League (14:00 BST). The West Midlands side are yet to play a Saturday league game this season because of the Europa League.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 4Vallejo
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 37Traoré
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 27Saïss
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forNevesat 90'minutes
  • 19Castro OttoBooked at 45mins
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forNetoat 90+2'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCutroneat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 7Neto
  • 8Neves
  • 10Cutrone
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre

Torino

  • 39Sirigu
  • 5Izzo
  • 36Silva NascimentoBooked at 63mins
  • 14Bonifazi
  • 29De Silvestri
  • 8BaselliBooked at 33mins
  • 88RincónSubstituted forMeitéat 72'minutes
  • 7LukicBooked at 48mins
  • 34AinaSubstituted forBerenguer Remiroat 70'minutes
  • 11ZazaSubstituted forMillicoat 82'minutes
  • 9Belotti

Substitutes

  • 17Singo
  • 21Berenguer Remiro
  • 22Millico
  • 23Meité
  • 25Rosati
  • 27Parigini
  • 30Djidji
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
29,222

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamTorino
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 29th 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 Kyiv6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

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