Europa League - Qualifying Third Round - 2nd Leg
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Europa League: Wolves beat Pyunik 4-0 for a 8-0 aggregate win

Diogo Jota
Jota scored nine goals in the Premier League for Wolves last season

Diogo Jota scored a stunning acrobatic volley as Wolves beat Armenians Pyunik 4-0 at Molineux and 8-0 on aggregate to set up a Europa League play-off tie with Italian side Torino.

Jota came off the bench late on to power home a sublime finish from Raul Jimenez's excellent lob.

Pedro Neto opened the scoring with a debut goal before academy graduate Morgan Gibbs-White turned in a cross.

Ruben Vinagre made it 3-0 from close range before Jota struck.

The 8-0 aggregate win is Wolves' biggest in Europe and means they are now just two games away from reaching the Europa League group stage.

But they will face a sterner test in Serie A side Torino, who beat FC Shakhtyor of Belarus 6-1 on aggregate. The two games against the Italians will take place on 22 and 29 August.

Wolves are competing in Europe for the first time since 1980 and recorded their biggest ever continental victory in Armenia last week with a 4-0 win.

That result allowed them to be more relaxed about the return leg at Molineux and, unsurprisingly, manager Nuno Espirito Santo rang the changes.

Only skipper Conor Coady and Joao Moutinho retained their places from the side that drew with Leicester in their Premier League opener, while Jesus Vallejo, Neto and Patrick Cutrone were all given their full debuts.

Wolves
Morgan Gibbs-White scored his first senior goal for Wolves on his 46th appearance for the club

The lack of urgency was clear in a first half largely devoid of chances and it was not until early in the second half that Wolves registered their first shot on target, Gibbs-White hitting an effort straight at the Pyunik goalkeeper.

But that chance seemed to stir the hosts into life and any glimmer of hope Pyunik had of staging an unlikely comeback was ended by a devastating 10-minute spell in which the hosts scored three and could have had more.

At 3-0 up, Nuno may have been tempted to tell his players to ease up but instead brought on star forwards Jota and Jimenez.

And the pair combined for a sensational goal as Jimenez scooped the ball up for Jota to dispatch a stunning volley.

Wolves looked comfortable in their first season back in the Premier League as they finished seventh. But the addition of competing in Europe this time presents an additional challenge - a congested fixture list.

Their progression to the play-off round means they face the prospect of five games in just 16 days between now and 1 September.

What they said

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "It wasn't easy. Pyunik started the game very well again. I've spoken to their coach and wish them all the best for the future.

"I thought all my players did a very good job, not just the new players. The second-half display was very good.

"It was a good game. I think we started the game normally because some players take more time. As the game went by we started performing better and the second half was very, very good.

"I am pleased with all the team, all the players did a very good job."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 4VallejoBooked at 27mins
  • 16Coady
  • 49Kilman
  • 37Traoré
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 27Saïss
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forDendonckerat 52'minutes
  • 29Vinagre
  • 7Lomba NetoSubstituted forJotaat 72'minutes
  • 10CutroneSubstituted forJiménezat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 8Neves
  • 9Jiménez
  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 18Jota
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 32Dendoncker

Pyunik

  • 25Dragojevic
  • 8Stankov
  • 66Zhestokov
  • 4Belov
  • 5Manucharyan
  • 13EfimovSubstituted forGalimovat 45'minutes
  • 10Vardanyan
  • 6Mkrtchyan
  • 7SimonyanSubstituted forYedigaryanat 71'minutes
  • 70ShevchukSubstituted forMahmudovat 75'minutes
  • 9Miranyan

Substitutes

  • 2Grigoryan
  • 17Yedigaryan
  • 31Kobozev
  • 63Marku
  • 65Galimov
  • 77Mahmudov
  • 98Burzanovic
Referee:
Bastian Dankert
Attendance:
29,391

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamPyunik
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away6

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 15th August 2019

As It Stood

A

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1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

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1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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