Europa League - Group K
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Braga 3-3 Wolves: Premier League side progress after thrilling draw

Raul Jimenez
Raul Jimenez has scored seven goals in his last eight games for Wolves

Wolves qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League after playing out a thrilling draw with Braga in Portugal.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side arrived at the Estadio Municipal de Braga a point behind the hosts and Group K leaders, needing a point to progress with a game to spare.

And they claimed the point they needed from an exciting encounter that saw them fall behind early on and race into a 3-1 lead before being pegged back.

Andre Horta's deflected effort off Ruben Neves gave the hosts an early advantage.

But the visitors responded in emphatic fashion, scoring three first-half goals, with Raul Jimenez's headed equaliser the catalyst for the turnaround.

After nodding in Jonny's cross to level, the Mexican's delivery enabled Matt Doherty to put Wolves ahead, with Adama Traore's low effort a minute later, from another Jimenez pass, doubling Wolves' lead.

However, Braga are now unbeaten in 12 European matches after they fought back in the second half.

Paulinho reduced their arrears before Fransergio headed in from close range to round off the scoring. The result sees both sides qualify with a game remaining.

Jimenez key to Wolves' improved fortunes

For much of this game Wolves delivered a performance which suggested any early-season woes juggling their Premier League and European commitments were over.

While the club's slow domestic start has been attributed to their first European campaign since 1980-81, head coach Nuno can now at least relax in the knowledge that the knockout phase does not get under way until 20 February.

"We are trying to develop and improve and to achieve other results. We don't have limits, we always try to keep going," said Nuno, who has been linked with Arsenal.

"We always want to compete, the momentum doesn't mean anything. It was our 26th game, we started very early in the season, but the balance has been good and the team is improving."

Back in his native Portugal, and perhaps a sign of the importance attached to the game, Nuno fielded the same starting XI that featured in their Premier League win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

It ultimately ensured Wolves secured the point needed to make their final Group K match against Besiktas inconsequential.

Mexican forward Jimenez's purple patch in front of goal contributed heavily to that.

Jimenez's header - his seventh goal in his past eight games makes him the most prolific Premier League player this season, with 15 goals across all competitions - galvanised his side.

It also ensured he became the first Wolves player to score in three consecutive games in Europe since Derek Dougan, who accomplished that feat en-route to the final of this competition in 1971-72.

And his importance to Wolves' continued resurgence cannot be understated, with the the Black Country club scheduled to play 13 Premier League matches before the last-32 ties in the Europa League start.

Best of the stats

  • Wolves remain unbeaten away from home in European competition this season, winning five games and drawing once.
  • Braga are unbeaten in 12 matches in all European competition since defeat at Marseille in February 2018 in the Europa League (W8 D4).
  • Wolves have lost just one of their last seven matches in all competitions when conceding the first goal of the game (W1 D5) - against Aston Villa in the League Cup in October (1-2).
  • Matt Doherty has scored 11 goals for Wolves since the start of last season - only Raul Jimenez (32) and Diogo Jota (14) have netted more for the club over this period.
  • Wolves' Raul Jimenez has scored 15 goals in all club competitions this season, more than any other Premier League player in 2019-20.

Line-ups

Sporting Braga

  • 82dos Reis Carvalho
  • 47de Sousa Esgaio
  • 36Viana Willemen Da Silva
  • 13Fortuna dos SantosSubstituted forNaval Costa Eduardoat 58'minutes
  • 5Cruz Jerónimo Sequeira
  • 27Rodrigues Barbosa
  • 60Alves Palhinha Gonçalves
  • 15Luz Horta
  • 21da Luz HortaSubstituted forFonteat 73'minutes
  • 90do Nascimento GalenoBooked at 37mins
  • 20Dias FernandesSubstituted fordos Santosat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lima Magalhães
  • 7Naval Costa Eduardo
  • 8Agbo
  • 11Guerreiro Viana
  • 14dos Santos
  • 17Barradas Novais
  • 18Fonte

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 32DendonckerBooked at 84mins
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forVinagreat 75'minutes
  • 9JiménezBooked at 68minsSubstituted forNetoat 70'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCutroneat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 7Neto
  • 10Cutrone
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
  • 54Otasowie
Referee:
Aleksey Kulbakov
Attendance:
12,058

Match Stats

Home TeamSporting BragaAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Sporting Braga 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sporting Braga 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Rui Fonte (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Fransergio (Sporting Braga).

Foul by Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Palhinha (Sporting Braga).

Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Pedro Neto.

Attempt missed. Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Nuno Sequeira.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting Braga. Pablo Santos replaces Paulinho.

Booking

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Paulinho (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nuno Sequeira (Sporting Braga).

Foul by Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Rui Fonte (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Patrick Cutrone replaces Diogo Jota.

Goal!

Goal! Sporting Braga 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Fransergio (Sporting Braga) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Nuno Sequeira with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sporting Braga. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilson Eduardo (Sporting Braga).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Adama Traoré.

Substitution

Substitution, Sporting Braga. Rui Fonte replaces Ricardo Horta.

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by João Palhinha (Sporting Braga).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Wenderson Galeno (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

João Palhinha (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 28th November 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla55001421215
2Apoel Nicosia52129817
3FK Qarabag5113710-34
4F91 Dudelange5104717-103

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Copenhagen52305329
2Malmö FF52217618
3Dynamo Kiev51316606
4Lugano502314-32

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel5311104610
2Getafe53025419
3FK Krasnodar530278-19
4Trabzonspor501439-61

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting5401114712
2LASK531184410
3PSV Eindhoven5212811-37
4Rosenborg5005210-80

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic5410104613
2CFR Cluj53024409
3Lazio520367-16
4Rennes501438-51

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal5311125710
2Frankfurt530267-19
3Standard Liege521268-27
4Vitória Guimarães502348-42

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers52217528
2FC Porto521257-27
3Young Boys52127617
4Feyenoord512256-15

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Espanyol5320123911
2Ludogorets52129907
3Ferencvárosi TC513146-26
4CSKA Moscow502329-72

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KAA Gent52309639
2Wolfsburg52218718
3Saint-Étienne504167-14
4Oleksandria503258-33

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Mgladbach522157-28
2Roma522110468
3Istanbul Basaksehir521258-37
4RZ Pellets WAC511356-14

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga5320117411
2Wolves531175210
3Slovan Bratislava511389-14
4Besiktas5104611-53

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd531162410
2AZ Alkmaar5230154119
3Partizan Belgrade512269-35
4FC Astana5104315-123
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