Europa League - Group K
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Wolves 4-0 Besiktas: Diogo Jota hat-trick earns Europa League wins

Diogo Jota completes his hat-trick
Diogo Jota is the first player to score a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute in the Europa League since Steven Gerrard for Liverpool against Napoli in November 2010

Wolves were denied top spot in their Europa League group, despite substitute Diogo Jota's 11-minute hat-trick inspiring victory over Besiktas.

After a drab first half, Jota came on as a 56th-minute substitute and headed in 72 seconds later to lift Molineux.

He added a second six minutes later, reacting sharply to turn in when Leander Dendoncker's shot hit the post before the Belgian headed in a third.

Jota fired in a fourth but Braga won 4-2 at Slovan Bratislava to top Group K.

The Portuguese side, who would not have topped the group if they failed to win after Wolves took control against Besiktas, were trailing 2-1 after 70 minutes before turning the match back in their favour.

Wolves were already assured of progressing whatever happened in the final round of group matches and go into Monday's draw for the knockout stage as one of the 12 runners-up.

Easy as one, two, three for Jota...

Combining their first European campaign in almost 40 years with the rigours of the Premier League season is a task which Wolves have juggled to good effect so far.

With the Molineux men already though, and Besiktas's visit being their 30th game of the season, manager Nuno Espirito Santo used the opportunity - as expected - to shuffle his pack and give opportunities to some of his fringe players.

The Portuguese boss makes seven changes from Sunday's 2-2 draw at Brighton with only skipper Conor Coady and midfield trio Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Dendoncker keeping their places.

Yet the incoming players failed to deliver in a drab first half where Wolves played with little urgency.

Jota's introduction changed both mood and momentum in spectacular fashion.

The Portuguese forward picked up where he left off at Brighton, having scored both of Wolves' goals, with another masterclass in clinical opportunism.

An intelligent run towards the far post allowed him to convert Pedro Neto's cutback with his first touch, instinctively reacting quickest to prod in the second as the Besiktas backline dithered.

And Jota completed a memorable hat-trick - the fastest scored in the Europa League since September 2014 - when he again perfectly timed a run to the far post to meet Oskar Buur's precise cross between Besiktas's keeper Utku Yuvakuran and his static defence.

"I think everyone that is on the bench wants to come and make an impact, fortunately for me that impact was very good," he said.

Wolves boss Nuno has challenged Jota to keep up his current hot streak.

"He must do what he is doing every day, be really competitive, train well and prepare himself," the Portuguese boss said.

"Be like he is on the pitch, always fighting, always looking for space, always running. Keep on keeping going."

Who could Wolves play in the last 32?

Although Wolves will have been hoping to finish top of their group, and therefore avoiding some of the bigger names in the last 32, they could not have asked much more from their debut season in Europe's secondary club competition.

In a continental campaign which started back in July and has now spanned 12 games, they have eased into the knockout phase with little cause for concern.

Now they await the identity of their next opponents when the draw is made in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday (12:00 GMT).

Finishing runners-up behind Braga means they will face a group winner or one of the four best-ranked sides which have dropped down from the Champions League.

The likes of last year's Champions League semi- finalists Ajax, Italian giants Inter Milan or Spanish side Sevilla are potential opponents, while a tie against Scottish champions Celtic is also a possibility.

However, Wolves cannot face Manchester United or Arsenal - winners of their respective groups - because teams from the same nation are kept apart at this stage of the tournament.

The first leg of the last 32 is scheduled for Thursday, 20 February, with the second legs taking place a week later.

"It was a good game, we played well, we scored goals, defended well and were organised. It was a well played game," Nuno added.

"It was a tough competition and we've progressively got better. We fight game by game and it's taken us to the knockout stage.

"We are delighted to be there but now we put it aside and wait for the draw."

Man of the match - Diogo Jota (Wolves)

Diogo Jota completes his hat-trick
Who else? Three shots, three goals in 12 minutes after coming on. A truly match-winning performance

What's next?

Wolves turn their attentions back to the Premier League, where they are sat in sixth place and on an 11-match unbeaten run, when they host seventh-placed Tottenham on Sunday (14:00 GMT).

It is their fifth game in 15 days of a hectic December where they play eight matches across the Premier League, Europa League and League Cup, a schedule which Nuno has labelled "absurd".

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 49KilmanBooked at 40mins
  • 59Buur
  • 32DendonckerSubstituted forOtasowieat 73'minutes
  • 8NevesSubstituted forJotaat 56'minutes
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forPerryat 70'minutes
  • 29Vinagre
  • 10CutroneBooked at 90mins
  • 7Neto

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 18Jota
  • 26Perry
  • 54Otasowie
  • 62Söndergaard
  • 68Cundle
  • 76Richards

Besiktas

  • 97Yuvakuran
  • 34KalafatSubstituted forRocoat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20UysalBooked at 56mins
  • 12Kaya
  • 23Braga Rebocho
  • 10Ozyakup
  • 44Secgin
  • 27LensSubstituted forDiabyat 81'minutes
  • 9YalcinSubstituted forElnenyat 64'minutes
  • 11Boyd
  • 8Nayir

Substitutes

  • 3Roco
  • 15Elneny
  • 28Isler
  • 30Destanoglu
  • 33Yilmaz
  • 53Ozkan
  • 92Diaby
Referee:
Andris Treimanis
Attendance:
27,866

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBesiktas
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Besiktas 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Besiktas 0.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross.

Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Enzo Roco (Besiktas) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Pedro Rebocho (Besiktas).

Foul by Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mehmet Umut Nayir (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Erdem Secgin (Besiktas) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Max Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Taylor Perry with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Necip Uysal.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Abdoulaye Diaby replaces Jeremain Lens.

Attempt missed. Necip Uysal (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mohamed Elneny.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Elneny (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremain Lens.

Foul by Taylor Perry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mohamed Elneny (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Erdogan Kaya.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Enzo Roco replaces Kerem Kalafat.

Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Necip Uysal.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Owen Otasowie replaces Leander Dendoncker.

Foul by Oskar Buur (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mohamed Elneny (Besiktas) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Jeremain Lens (Besiktas).

Attempt missed. Mehmet Umut Nayir (Besiktas) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kerem Kalafat.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Taylor Perry replaces João Moutinho.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Besiktas 0. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oskar Buur.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Besiktas 0. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Pedro Rebocho.

Attempt blocked. Jeremain Lens (Besiktas) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Besiktas. Mohamed Elneny replaces Guven Yalcin.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Besiktas 0. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Hand ball by Tyler Boyd (Besiktas).

Attempt missed. Max Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Necip Uysal.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 12th December 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla65011431115
2Apoel Nicosia6312108210
3FK Qarabag6123811-35
4F91 Dudelange6114818-104

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Malmö FF632186211
2FC Copenhagen62315419
3Dynamo Kyiv61417707
4Lugano603325-33

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411124813
2Getafe640284412
3FK Krasnodar6303711-49
4Trabzonspor6015311-81

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1LASK6411114713
2Sporting6402117412
3PSV Eindhoven6222912-38
4Rosenborg6015311-81

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic6411106413
2CFR Cluj640264212
3Lazio620469-36
4Rennes611458-34

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal6321147711
2Frankfurt6303810-29
3Standard Liege6222810-28
4Vitória Guimarães6123710-35

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto631289-110
2Rangers62318629
3Young Boys62228718
4Feyenoord612379-25

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Espanyol6321124811
2Ludogorets6222101008
3Ferencvárosi TC614157-27
4CSKA Moscow612339-65

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KAA Gent6330117412
2Wolfsburg632197211
3Saint-Étienne604268-24
4Oleksandria6033610-43

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Istanbul Basaksehir631279-210
2Roma623112669
3B Mgladbach622269-38
4RZ Pellets WAC612378-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga6420159614
2Wolves6411115613
3Slovan Bratislava61141013-34
4Besiktas6105615-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd6411102813
2AZ Alkmaar623115879
3Partizan Belgrade6222101008
4FC Astana6105419-153
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