Braga 3-3 Wolves: Visitors qualify for Europa League round of 32
Braga vs Wolves
Europa League Group K
5:55pm Thursday November
Wolves qualified for its Europa League round of 32 with a game to spare despite allowing a two-goal lead slip to draw.
Braga took the lead through Andre Horta’s deflected effort (6), but Wolves levelled as Raul Jimenez headed home his 10th goal in eight matches (14).
Matt Doherty’s header (34) and Adama Traore’s fierce low drive (35) put the visitors in hands, and though Braga appeared down and out, they forced two objectives in the second half through Paulinho (64) and Barbosa Fransergio (79) to level it up.
The effect means Wolves and Braga qualify, and Wolves can finish top of their group if they beat Besiktas in their final game in a fortnight.
But on a soaking pitch in Braga, the hosts took a fortunate lead as Horta effort deflected off the boot of Ruben Neves and flew past the hit of Rui Patricio.
But pilots were shortly back through the Jimenez, that guided a header back to the far corner from Jonny cross. This had been the Mexican objective of the year, along with his ninth in the Europa League.
Two goals in the space of a moment put liberally in control since they revealed ribbons of confidence. To begin with, the colorful Jimenez seen the conduct until Traore found a lawn within the box on Wallace, lashing under Eduardo from 15 yards of Doherty, who led home from 10 yards.
As Traore’s cross was headed goalwards from Diogo Jota wolves must have had a fourth after the rest, however, Eduardo beat it along with also their failure to capitalise did come back to bite them.
Braga halved the deficit from the run of play because Paulinho completed off in the rear post through some Wolves defending.
Their leveller’d Nuno fuming as Miguel Nuno Sequeira’s cross found the Fransergio to head home between his mark, leaving the Wolves manager having an inquest to snowball into the way they had let slip from such a commanding position.
The draw for the last 32 of the Europa League occurs on Monday December 16 in Nyon, with proceedings set to start at 12pm, UK period.
Wolves host Sheffield United on Sunday at 2pm at the Premier League, although their past Europa League group-stage battle is against Besiktas at Molineux on December 12 at 8pm.