Wolves caress Europe thanks to Adama Traoré’s first goal

Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton confirmed their ascending line with a win against Southampton (3-1) that keeps them in eighth place, but brings them two points closer to the European positions set by Tottenham, sixth.

Raúl Jiménez, from a penalty, in the first half, central defender Conor Coady after the break and Adama Traoré, already in added time, certified the victory of the ‘wolves’ with their goals. It is the first goal of the season for the former Barça striker, who had not scored since May 9, 2021 against Brighton in the Premier.

José Sá, stellar, prevents the ‘saints’ from advancing

Southampton, who came from four rounds undefeated, started the game better and only the inspired goalkeeper José Sá prevented them from advancing with several outstanding saves.

Instead, it was Raúl Jiménez who opened the scoring for Wolves in the 37th minute with his first goal since November, converting a Jan Bednarek penalty on Rayan Aït-Nouri. It is the fourth of the Mexican in the Premier.

A positional error by goalkeeper Fraser Poster allowed Coady to head it 2-0 in the 59th minute.

Ward-Prowse free-kick goal and final emotion

Southampton pulled one back with a spectacular free-kick from Jamws Ward-Prowse and pushed hard in the final minutes leading to a tense finish at Molineux. In the 89th minute, the ‘saints’ were able to equalize when a header from Romain Perraud crashed into the crossbar.

Seconds later, Adama Traoré spoiled a very clear chance and in added time he redeemed himself by receiving a counter pass from Aït-Nouri and, after avoiding offside and defender Mohamed Salisu, he crossed before Fraser Forster’s desperate exit. Traoré celebrated by taking off white gloves with which he covered his face.

Wolves add their third victory in the last four days, while Southampton remains in 12th place.