Europa League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Olympiakos 1-1 Wolves: Pedro Neto scores valuable away goal

Pedro Neto
Pedro Neto's free-kick, which took a deflection, was one of only a handful of efforts on goal from Wolves

Substitute Pedro Neto scored a valuable away goal for Wolves as they drew with 10-man Olympiakos in their Europa League last-16 tie played behind closed doors over coronavirus concerns.

The Premier League side, who wanted the game postponed, faced 10 men from the 28th minute after last-man Ruben Semedo was sent off for fouling Diogo Jota.

But Wolves laboured and went behind when Youssef El Arabi tapped home.

Neto equalised with a low driven free-kick that took a deflection.

Wolves had largely underwhelmed inside the eerie Karaiskakis Stadium and their only other clear-cut chance was when Raul Jimenez's angled strike struck the face of goalkeeper Jose Sa.

The second leg is next Thursday, but whether it is played depends on Uefa's decision over whether to cancel its club competitions because of the increasing threat of coronavirus.

If it does go ahead Wolves will need to be in a better frame of mind. They did not want to play this fixture and manager Nuno Espirito Santo said it was "absurd" it proceeded despite concerns over the pandemic.

Ruben Semedo
Wolves failed to take advantage of Ruben Semedo's early red card

Some of the concerns were prompted by the news Evangelos Marinakis, owner of the Greek club as well as Nottingham Forest, had contracted the virus this week. However, no other Olympiakos players and staff tested positive.

The unusual build-up may have played on the minds of the players during the opening quarter - or it could have been the atmosphere inside the Karaiskakis Stadium, which was like that of a practice match.

Neto comes to Wolves' rescue

Semedo's sending off, after bringing down Jota on the edge of the area, should have sparked the Midlands club into life as the match headed towards half-time. But save for winger Adama Traore, whose livelier efforts were ultimately fruitless, no Wolves player raised their game.

The introduction of Neto at half-time failed to have an immediate effect; instead nine minutes after the restart, El Arabi, the bane of Arsenal, fired in after good work by Guilherme in the area.

The Greek side looked comfortable until the 67th minute when Neto drove in a free-kick that beat Sa thanks to a deflection off Andreas Bouchalakis.

At 20 years and three days, the Portuguese forward became the club's youngest goalscorer in major European competition since Steve Daley netted against Ferencvaros in the Uefa Cup in April 1972.

The rest of the match was as uneventful as the first quarter and Nuno's side now face a wait to find out if their Europa League journey, which started in July, will continue.

'It was not the best game to watch for sure' - reaction

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BT Sport: "It stays with me because I have to work on it and analyse it.

"The beginning of the game was strange. The energy levels were missing... someone to push.

"It was not a very good game of football. We had control and possession of the ball but didn't imbalance them with chances.

"It was not the best game to watch for sure."

On whether the players were fully focused: "Let's be fair to the players and everybody with what's happening. During the game they were focused. Olympiakos is a very good team.

"Now we are going to think about West Ham. We keep on working. Now we have West Ham and hopefully next Thursday we play again.

"We have a long way to go. A lot of matches. So tough, so tough. The schedule is very tight."

El Arabi on song again in Europe - stats

  • Wolves have lost just one of their eight Europa League away games this season including qualifiers (W5 D2), a 2-3 defeat at Espanyol in the last round.
  • Including qualifiers, Olympiakos have lost just two of their last 10 home games in all European competition against English sides (W5 D3), with both defeats coming against Arsenal.
  • Wolves have conceded the first goal in eight of their last nine away games in all competitions, with the only exception during this run being a goalless draw at Manchester United in February.
  • El-Arabi has scored in four of his last five appearances for Olympiakos in Europe (four goals - Europa League and Champions League combined).
  • No Premier League side has seen their opponents receive more red cards in all competitions this season than Wolves (six - level with Aston Villa).
  • Semedo was sent off in the 28th minute - the fifth-fastest red card to be shown in the Europa League this season.

Line-ups

Olympiakos

  • 1Malheiro de SáBooked at 90mins
  • 14Elabdellaoui
  • 3Borges SemedoBooked at 28mins
  • 24Ba
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 8dos Santos Torres
  • 5Bouchalakis
  • 4Camara
  • 28ValbuenaSubstituted forBoialvo Gasparat 84'minutes
  • 11El-ArabiSubstituted forFortounisat 74'minutes
  • 19MasourasSubstituted forCisséat 34'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Fortounis
  • 16Allain
  • 22Lovera
  • 35Torosidis
  • 66Cissé
  • 76Boialvo Gaspar
  • 97Randjelovic

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16CoadyBooked at 38mins
  • 27Saïss
  • 2DohertyBooked at 8minsSubstituted forNetoat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Neves
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forDendonckerat 85'minutes
  • 29VinagreSubstituted forCastelo Podenceat 79'minutes
  • 37Traoré
  • 9Jiménez
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 6Cavaco Jordão
  • 7Neto
  • 10Castelo Podence
  • 21Ruddy
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 49Kilman
  • 59Buur
Referee:
Clément Turpin

Match Stats

Home TeamOlympiakosAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willy Boly.

Booking

Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bruno Gaspar (Olympiakos) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

José Sá (Olympiakos) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Konstantinos Fortounis (Olympiakos).

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willy Boly.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leander Dendoncker replaces João Moutinho.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Guilherme.

Offside, Olympiakos. Guilherme tries a through ball, but Konstantinos Fortounis is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Olympiakos. Bruno Gaspar replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

Mohamed Camara (Olympiakos) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross.

Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Rúben Vinagre.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Konstantinos Tsimikas.

Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiakos).

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

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Camara (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Fortounis.

Substitution

Substitution, Olympiakos. Konstantinos Fortounis replaces Youssef El-Arabi.

Mohamed Camara (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

José Sá (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Omar Elabdellaoui.

Goal!

Goal! Olympiakos 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Foul by Andreas Bouchalakis (Olympiakos).

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

Mathieu Valbuena (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by José Sá.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Neves following a fast break.

Guilherme (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 12th March 2020

As It Stood

A

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

B

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

C

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

D

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

E

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

F

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

G

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

H

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

I

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

J

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

K

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

L

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