Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – Leeds United 0: Raul Jimenez’s deflected goal provide Wolves with the win

Raul Jimenez secured the win for Wolverhampton Wanderers after shot was deflected goalwards by the head of Leeds United, midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, despite two disallowed goals. 

From the off, Wolves were hunting for the opener after Raul Jimenez collected a high through ball along the right wing, but failed to meet Daniel Podence in the center of the box as the cross went too high and wide. 

Soon after, Leeds attempted to break the scoreline after Rodrigo passed the ball to Patrick Bamford in the center of the box. Unfortunately, the lonely United forward couldn’t get the ball on target as it failed to threaten the left side of the net.

After Wolves attempted to clear the ball away from danger. The ball fell perfectly to Jack Harrison, who managed to head it to a free Bamford, who drilled the ball into the bottom right corner. 

However, the United striker was undoubtedly offside and the early goal was disallowed.  

Luke Ayling, Leeds, was the first player to receive a yellow card when he left something on Max Kilman in the 15th minute.

Ayling collected the ball in the center of the box, as 15 minutes remained in the first half, and he attempted to break the deadlock. But, Kilman denied the Englishman of the goal as he protected his net. The ball was then cleared away from any danger to Wolverhampton.

As half-time neared, Rodrigo collected the ball as it flew in from the corner and fired the ball goalwards amid the Wolves defence. However, the attempt on target failed as it was met by the hands of Wolverhampton ‘keeper, Rui Patricio.

For the last kick of the half, Romain Saiss found Podence in the center of the box and he fired Wolves’ first chance of the game. However, it was met at the hands of Illan Meslier who had to dive forward to truly secure the ball from danger. 

Half-time: Wolves 0 – Leeds United 0

With a beautiful delivery to the feet of Podence, on the right wing from the left mid-field, he tried to skillfully take the ball into the box amongst the Leeds defence. 

The Wolves number 10 was forced to run towards the goal-line and made a sensational cross, across the box, to Siass who hammered the ball into the bottom right corner.

However, after a review from the Virtual Assistant Referee, it was declared that Podence was offside and the goal was ruled out.

Just under 30 minutes remained, Kalvin Phillips became the second booking for Leeds after he stepped on the boot of Wolverhampton’s man, Joao Moutinho. 

Moutinho shortly followed onto the short list of yellow cards in the clash against Leeds as he dragged back Mateusz Klich as he attempted to get clear from the 

70’ Goal – Jimenez collected the ball along the right wing, as play was switched from the left to the right. He managed to cut around the outside of the box.  

As he stopped outside the D and turned, he fizzed it goalwards. In an attempt to clear the ball away, Phillips headed the ball into the left side of his own net to give the Wolves the lead, to the demise of Meslier.

With under 10 minutes left, Leeds had a close encounter for an equaliser. 

Ian Povader tried to break Patricio’s clean sheet, from outside the six-yard box, after he collected the ball from amid a scattered Wolverhampton defence but it was deflected skywards and soon cleared away from danger. 

In the third minute of stoppage time, out of six, Ruben Neves collected the ball at the center-circle and charged towards the Leeds goal. As he fired from the D, it was met with the back of Phillips but bounced back into the path of Neves who ran with it once more, it was again blocked but by Ayling. 

Full-time: Wolves 1 – Leeds United 0

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