Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Mexican striker Raul Jimenez (L) celebrates after scoring their third objective through the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on March 1, 2020.
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Raul Jimenez boosted Wolves’ bid to qualify for the Champions League as his late winner capped the guests’ dramatic fightback of their Three-2 victory at Tottenham on Sunday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect trailed twice in north London however hit again from 2-1 down due to second-half objectives from Diogo Jota and Jimenez.
Wolves moved two factors above Tottenham into sixth place within the Premier League.
Because it stands, ending fifth may result in a Champions League place, owing to second-placed Manchester Metropolis’s European ban, towards which they’re interesting.
Sitting degree on factors with fifth-placed Manchester United and simply three behind fourth-placed Chelsea, Wolves are firmly within the hunt for an sudden berth in Europe’s elite membership competitors.
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They fell behind to Steven Bergwijn’s first-half opener, however Matt Doherty equalised and even Serge Aurier restoring Tottenham’s lead couldn’t knock Wolves out of their stride.
It was a bitter blow for injury-hit Tottenham, who suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions for the primary time this season.
Heading into this weekend, Spurs had stored simply three clear sheets in 22 video games in all competitions since Mourinho took cost.
So Mourinho dropped defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen as a part of 4 adjustments following final week’s defeat at Chelsea, with keeper Hugo Lloris sidelined by a groin damage.
These switches included midfielder Eric Dier dropping again to center-half and exploited Mourinho’s reshuffle repeatedly.
Tottenham had their possibilities and took the lead with an excellent counter within the 13th minute.
Giovani Lo Celso picked out Aurier’s run down the correct and when the right-back’s cross reached Dele Alli, his shot was pushed out by Rui Patricio into the trail of Bergwijn, who slotted dwelling from close-range.
It was the Dutch winger’s second objective since becoming a member of Tottenham from PSV Eindhoven in January.
However the hosts remained creaky on the again and Nuno’s males crafted a powerful equaliser within the 27th minute.
Ruben Vinagre ran onto Jota’s cross and fought his well past Aurier to the touchline, the place he delivered a teasing cross into the six-yard field.
Dier and Japhet Tanganga each made a hash of making an attempt to clear and Doherty made them pay because the defender fired previous Paulo Gazzaniga for his seventh objective of the season.
Spurs In Disarray
Jose Mourinho mentioned this week Tottenham should “survive” within the race for the highest 4 till they get a few of their injured stars again.
Their hopes have been hit by the lack of Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, and Son Heung-min, however Tottenham have been potent sufficient regardless of these absences and Aurier put them again in entrance in first-half stoppage-time.
The Ivory Coast worldwide took Alli’s cross, lower inside Vinagre and curled an excellent strike into the far nook from simply inside the realm.
But, in what proved an important miss, the unmarked Alli ghosted onto Ben Davies’ cross for a glancing header that crept vast.
Nuno sat on the Porto bench as reserve keeper when Mourinho guided the Portuguese membership to Champions League glory in 2004.
And, attempting to file his first victory as a supervisor over Mourinho on the third try, Nuno was again on degree phrases within the 57th minute.
Adama Traore bullied his well past Tanganga and located Jimenez, who slipped a cross to the over-lapping Doherty.
Doherty’s low cross reached Jota and he tapped in his sixth objective in three video games from just about on the road.
Tottenham’s again 5 have been in disarray and Jota and Jimenez mixed to win it within the 73rd minute.
Jota was the catalyst with an incisive burst past Dier and Davinson Sanchez.
His cross discovered Jimenez and the Mexican striker simply tricked his well past Tanganga, opening area for a nice end that sparked wild celebrations from Nuno and his employees on the touchline.