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Wolves on rise after Jimenez strikes at death

Wolves 1 Slovan Bratislava 0

By Staff Reporter

Wolves took a big step towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League after Raul Jimenez struck in injury time to defeat Slovan Bratislava at Molineux.

It looked like Nuno Espirito Santo's side would be frustrated by a superb goalkeeping display by Dominik Greif, who included a Ruben Neves penalty save at the start of the second half among his heroics.

However, his resistance was finally broken when Jimenez headed home Adama Traore's cross to give Wolves a 1-0 victory.

It was the first time Wolves had won three successive games in a major European competition since their 1971-72 Uefa Cup campaign - when they won six in a row en route to the final.

It kept Santo's team in second spot in Group K, a point behind Braga, who they travel to Portugal to play next, and extended their lead over third-placed Slovan to five points.

Wolves had a golden opportunity at the start of the second half after Vasil Bozhikov accidentally clipped the heels of Neto and the referee awarded a penalty. However, Greif dived to his right to push away the spot-kick.

Wolves finally managed to beat Greif in injury time. Traore beat his man down the right and his cross was met at the far post by a header from Jimenez.

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