Europa League - Qualifying Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Torino 2-3 Wolves: Nuno Espirito Santo's side take advantage in Europa League play-off tie

Wolves goal
Torino defender Gleison Bremer, under pressure from Wolves' Romain Saiss, headed into his own net for the first goal

Wolves are in a good position to qualify for the Europa League group stage for the first time after winning 3-2 away in Italy against Torino.

The visitors went ahead when Joao Moutinho's free-kick was headed into his own net by Torino's Gleison Bremer.

Diogo Jota doubled the advantage as he finished after Adama Traore's pass.

Lorenzo de Silvestri pulled one back, Raul Jimenez's calm finish restored Wolves' two-goal lead before Andrea Belotti's late penalty for Torino.

The two teams meet again at Molineux on 29 August with the winners of this play-off tie moving into the main group phase of the competition.

Wolves, playing in their first European campaign since 1980-81, will advance if they avoid defeat or only lose by one goal in a low-scoring second leg.

Wolves win despite tough schedule

Nuno Espirito Santo will be delighted with the performance of his team, who were playing for the second time in four days after drawing 1-1 against Manchester United in the Premier League, while Torino are yet to start their Serie A campaign.

This was the English side's seventh match in 29 days and Nuno opted to rest midfielder Ruben Neves, who had scored a wonderful goal against United.

But the gamble paid off as Wolves edged a thrilling game at the Stadio Olimpico Grande in Turin.

Indeed, Nuno may even be disappointed they do not have a two-goal advantage as Belotti's 89th-minute penalty - following a clumsy challenge on him from Ruben Vinagre - gave the Italians a lifeline.

In added time, Torino had a chance to snatch an equaliser but goalkeeper Rui Patricio produced a fine save to deny Belotti his second goal.

Lightning-quick Traore impresses again

The half-time introduction of the rapid Traore changed the game against United on Monday and the Spaniard was rewarded for his efforts with a place in the starting line-up in Italy.

Operating again at right-wing back, his speed and directness caused Torino serious problems, with Wolves nearly scoring after 12 minutes when Traore's run and cross found Jota, whose low shot was kept out by the legs of home goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Nicolas Nkoulou headed against the bar for the hosts before Sirigu was beaten, albeit by one of his own players as Bremer headed in following Moutinho's excellent set-piece delivery.

Traore was heavily involved again as Wolves doubled their lead after another direct run and a well-timed Cruyff turn gave him space to set up Jota who this time converted the chance.

However, two minutes later Torino grabbed their first goal with De Silvestri heading in from Cristian Ansaldi's cross.

But it was not long before Wolves were two goals in front again, with the referee playing a good advantage after Pedro Neto was fouled and Jimenez running through the defence to beat Sirigu for his fifth goal in this Europa League campaign.

Wolves had reached this phase with a 6-1 aggregate win over Northern Ireland's Crusaders and then an 8-0 overall success against Pyunik of Armenia.

Torino, who finished seventh in Serie A last season and are managed by former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri, were always going to be a tougher challenge and Belotti's penalty gives the Italians hope for the second leg.

Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves)

Adama Traore
Adama Traore (number 37) has started four Europa League matches, but has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season

'Far from being over' - what they said

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said: "It's far from being over, it's a close tie.

"We played good, we were organised, we stayed in shape, we produced some goals but, like I say, there's still one game to go and we have to be really, really good to perform again against a very, very good team."

On the performance of Traore, Nuno added: "I'm pleased. He helped the team, others did what they had to do. It's about tasks, it's about rules, it's about always being a team."

What's next?

Wolves play for the third time in a week when they entertain Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, 25 August (16:30 BST) before the second leg against Torino at Molineux next Thursday.

Line-ups

Torino

  • 39Sirigu
  • 5Izzo
  • 33Nkoulou
  • 36Silva NascimentoBooked at 72mins
  • 29De Silvestri
  • 23MeitéSubstituted forRincónat 64'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 8BaselliBooked at 71mins
  • 15AnsaldiBooked at 48minsSubstituted forAinaat 71'minutes
  • 11Zaza
  • 9BelottiBooked at 45mins
  • 21Berenguer RemiroBooked at 56minsSubstituted forLukicat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lukic
  • 14Bonifazi
  • 22Millico
  • 25Rosati
  • 30Djidji
  • 34Aina
  • 88Rincón

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 4VallejoBooked at 81mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 64'minutes
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 27SaïssBooked at 79mins
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 29Vinagre
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forCutroneat 76'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forLomba Netoat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 7Lomba Neto
  • 8Neves
  • 10Cutrone
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 21Ruddy
Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias
Attendance:
24,091

Match Stats

Home TeamTorinoAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 22nd August 2019

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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

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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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