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Espanyol 3-2 Wolves (3-6 agg): Nuno’s men cruise into last 16 despite Calleri treble

That’s all for today, goodbye!

Wolves will find out who they face in the next round in the draw tomorrow, but next up for them is their match against Tottenham in the Premier League at the weekend. Espanyol’s winless run continues, but their full attention can turn to trying to avoid relegation in LaLiga, starting with a tough game against Atletico Madrid.

Espanyol win 3-2 on the night, but Wolves are through to the last 16 with a 6-3 aggregate win. Calleri scored a hat-trick, opening the scoring in the first half and giving his side the lead each time he scored. Wolves pulled themselves level twice through Traore and Doherty and Neto missed an open goal late in the game which could have given his side the win.

90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: ESPANYOL 3-2 WOLVES.

Pipa Ávila

Assist

Espanyol

90′ + 1′ Espanyol took a free-kick quickly on the right and that’s what caught out the Wolves defence. Gomez played it short to Pipa and he whipped a good cross into the middle to Calleri.

J. Calleri

Goal

Espanyol

90′ + 1′ CALLERI HAS HIS HAT-TRICK! It’s Pipa’s cross into the box from the byline and Calleri gets ahead of Boly in the box and heads his effort past Patricio and into the bottom-right corner to give his side the lead on the night again. 3-2 Espanyol!

89′ Espanyol are still pushing forward and Vargas tries to pick out Calleri with a throughball into the box. It takes a deflection off Wu Lei on it’s way through though and the flag goes up as he was offside.

87′ WHAT A MISS! Pedrosa takes a heavy touch on the halfway line and Neto nicks it off him. He makes a driving run through the middle and Prieto comes out of his box but can’t stop the substitute. Neto goes around him and instead of walking it over the line, he has a shot from the edge of the area and fires it wide.

86′ Calleri rises to get on the end of the corner into the box, but he can’t make contact with it. Boly heads it to Gomez, but his pass back into the box is cleared by Coady.

84′ Doherty has scored more goals than any other Premier League defender in all competitions since the start of last season (14).

82′ The Espanyol defenders drop off again and Neto tries his luck from the edge of the box. His shot is straight at Prieto though and it’s a comfortable save for the goalkeeper.

81′ That second Wolves goal has really knocked the home side’s confidence now and they’re not closing Wolves down as quickly as they were before following the restart.

Daniel Podence

Assist

Wolverhampton Wanderers

79′ Podence was in a lot of space on the left and avoided the offside trap as he got it straight from the throw-in. None of the Espanyol defenders could get close to him before he squared it back into the middle from the byline.

M. Doherty

Goal

Wolverhampton Wanderers

79′ WOLVES ARE LEVEL AGAIN! Wolves take a quick throw-in which catches out Espanyol and they can’t stop Podence from crossing it into the six-yard box. Doherty is waiting at the far post and is left with a simple tap-in. 2-2!

Bruno Jordão

Adama Traoré

Wolverhampton Wanderers

78′ Final change from Nuno now and Jordao is coming on for Traore.

77′ Pipa floats a good cross into the box and Vargas gets caught under it so can’t direct his header on target. Wolves don’t clear their lines though and it falls to Vargas again, but this time he fires his effort wide.

Pipa Ávila

Melendo

Espanyol

75′ Melendo has been limping around the field for the last couple of minutes so he’s taken off and replaced with Pipa.

73′ Calleri’s two goals today against Wolves is as many as he’s managed in his previous 23 games for Espanyol in all competitions.

71′ Lopez finds himself in some space on the edge of the box and decides to have a shot. His effort curls over Saiss but it’s straight at Patricio who makes a comfortable save.

69′ Gomez spots Wu Lei’s run through the middle of the pitch and he tries to pick him out with a throughball. The substitute had just drifted offside though and the linesman’s flag goes up.

Wu Lei

Darder

Espanyol

67′ Second change by Fernandez now and it’s Darder coming off for Wu Lei.

J. Calleri

Yellow Card

Espanyol

66′ Calleri slides in late to try and nick the ball off Kilman and he’s shown a yellow card.

M. Vargas

Yellow Card

Espanyol

66′ Vargas has been complaining to the referee about a free-kick that wasn’t given and he’s booked for dissent.

Pedro Neto

M. Gibbs-White

Wolverhampton Wanderers

64′ That was Gibbs-White’s final involvement as he’s taken off for Neto.

M. Gibbs-White

Yellow Card

Wolverhampton Wanderers

63′ Gibbs-White is booked after he grabs hold of Lopez’s arm and pulls him back.

62′ GOOD CHANCE! Gibbs-White is running onto the ball and takes the shot on the stretch. He fires his shot wide of the target and is asking for a penalty as he feels he was dragged back by Calero, but nothing’s given.

Pol Lozano

Víctor Sánchez

Espanyol

61′ First change for Espanyol now and it’s Lozano that’s coming on for Sanchez.

60′ The home fans are asking for a free-kick as Calleri goes to ground on the left wing under pressure from Dendoncker. The referee doesn’t give it and the shouts only get louder after seeing his decision.

R. Saïss

Rúben Vinagre

Wolverhampton Wanderers

58′ Nuno makes his first change of the game following that goal and it’s Saiss that’s coming on for Vinagre.

J. Calleri

Penalty Goal

Espanyol

57′ Calleri is the player that steps up to take it and he keeps his cool as he sends Patricio the wrong way and picks out the bottom right corner from the spot. 2-1 Espanyol!

M. Kilman

Yellow Card

Wolverhampton Wanderers

56′ Kilman is booked for that challenge on Lopez.

56′ PENALTY TO ESPANYOL! Kilman goes for the ball but ends up catching Lopez in the face due to a high boot and the referee is quick to point to the spot.

55′ Traore has bagged six goals in all competitions this season for Wolves, his best-ever haul in a single campaign in his career.

53′ Podence nicks the ball off Naldo on the halfway line and there’s a lot of space for him and Traore to run into. He decides to try for the spectacular by having a shot from there though, but he can’t get it on target.

51′ The ball drops to Calleri in the box and he turns before firing his a shot towards goal. A big deflection off Kilman takes it looping up into the air and Patricio comes off his line to catch it.

49′ OFF THE BAR! Calero can’t get close to Podence as he makes a driving run towards the box. He hits his shot from just outside the area and it skims the top of the crossbar.

48′ Gomez cuts inside from the right and pulls away from Doherty on the edge of the box. He drills his shot low, but he’s nowhere near goal and his effort finishes well wide of the near post.

46′ Espanyol get us back underway for the second half!

Espanyol did start the game brightly, but the Wolves goal put a stop to the rhythm they’d been building since the start of the game. It looks like Wolves will be going through to the next round unless the home side manage to score five more goals after the break and pull off a very unlikely upset.

It’s level at 1-1 on the day, but Wolves now lead Espanyol 5-1 on aggregate. The home side started brightly and took the lead 15 minutes into the game when Calleri’s shot hit the underside of the crossbar before going in. Just six minutes later, Wolves were level as Traore’s low shot beat Prieto on the second time of asking.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: ESPANYOL 1-1 WOLVES.

44′ It’s a brilliant cross from Doherty to pick out Traore on the edge of the box and he brings it under control with his first touch. Two Espanyol defenders are quickly out to him though and he can’t squeeze a shot towards goal.

42′ Kilman drops back and gives Darder more space to curl a cross into the box. Calleri gets nudged away from it and there aren’t any Espanyol players at the far post to get on the end of it.

Víctor Sánchez

Yellow Card

Espanyol

40′ Sanchez is booked after he came across and took Traore out to stop his run into the box. 

38′ Melendo wins the ball back in midfield and quickly sets Pedrosa on the attack down the left. The defender whips a cross into the box, but it’s too deep for Calleri who’s made the run to the near post and Wolves clear their lines.

36′ Vargas drills a low cross into the box from the right and Calleri is waiting at the far post to try and tap it in. Doherty is tight to him and puts him off enough to stop him making contact with it and although the forward is asking for a penalty as he feels he was pushed, the flag has gone up for offside.

34′ Wolves have a lot of players sitting back in their own box so Lopez decides to have a go from distance. It’s a poor effort from him though as he fires his shot high and wide of the target.

32′ Espanyol are struggling to keep hold of the ball at the moment and are giving it away with sloppy passes each time they move out of their own half. 

30′ Traore is asking for a free-kick high on the left wing as he feels that Naldo tried to block his run. The referee waves the claim away though and after some confusion, Espanyol come away with the ball.

28′ Wolves look more comfortable in possession now and they’re patiently working their way upfield. Gibbs-White tries to switch play to Vinagre on the left, but his pass it too high and Sanchez comes away with it.

26′ Calleri is the first player to score against Wolves in any competition since Roberto Firmino did so for Liverpool back in January, ending their run of 381 minutes without conceding.

24′ Espanyol now need another five goals if they want to get past Wolves and they’re on the attack again. Naldo plays a good throughball forward but there’s a mix-up between Vargas and Darder as they both leave the ball for the other and it rolls out of play.

Adama Traoré

Goal

Wolverhampton Wanderers

22′ TRAORE GETS WOLVES LEVEL! His first shot was blocked by Calero, but the defender didn’t come away with the ball which gave Traore another chance. This time he takes it as he sidefoots his shot under Prieto and into the back of the net. 1-1!

20′ The Wolves defenders can’t get close to Vargas as he cuts inside from the left and tries to pick out Calleri at the near post. Coady gets across to make the block though and puts it out for a corner.

18′ Calleri picked the ball out of the net and was rushing his team-mates to get back to the centre spot following his goal. Espanyol clearly have the belief that they can get themselves into this tie if they can catch Wolves out again.

Adrià Pedrosa

Assist

Espanyol

16′ It was a good move by Espanyol and Pedrosa made the overlapping run down the left wing to be able to square his cross to Calleri.

J. Calleri

Goal

Espanyol

16′ ESPANYOL HAVE SCORED! Calleri timed his run perfectly to stay onside and Kilman didn’t realise he was behind him. Pedrosa put the cross into the six-yard box and the forward’s shot crossed the line after hitting the bottom of the crossbar. 1-0 Espanyol!

14′ Calleri has a lot of space to run into when he gets the ball from Gomez. He runs at Patricio and takes on the shot from the right of the box, forcing a good save out of the keeper. The flag has gone up now though as he was offside.

12′ Gomez makes a great run down the right and cuts inside to the box, but makes the wrong choice though as he drills the ball across goal. If he’d got his head up, he would’ve seen his team-mates on the edge of the area.

10′ Espanyol break quickly again and Vargas decides to have a go from just outside the box. It takes a big deflection off Coady which makes it a comfortable save for Patricio.

8′ Traore makes a driving run down the right and there are two Espanyol defenders tracking him the whole way. He tries to whip a cross into the box but it’s blocked by Pedrosa for a corner.

Adama Traoré

Yellow Card

Wolverhampton Wanderers

6′ Traore picks up an early yellow card as he catches Melendo in the face with his elbow.

4′ The corner is played short by Darder so he can play a one-two with Melendo. He floats a cross towards Vargas at the far post, but can’t pick out a team-mate as Wolves clear their lines.

2′ Espanyol are seeing a lot of the ball in the opening minutes and Darder tries to set his team on the attack with a throughball into Calleri. It’s played behind him though and Boly gets across to intercept it.

1′ Podence gets the game underway for Wolves!

The teams are coming out onto the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

Including qualifiers, Wolves are unbeaten in their six away games in European competition this season (W5 D1), scoring 17 goals in the process.

Nuno Espirito Santo has chosen to rest some of his key players as he makes five changes to the team that started last Thursday. Kilman, Dendoncker, Gibbs-White, Vinagre and Podence all start, with Saiss and Jimenez dropping to the bench. Jota, Neves and Jonny aren’t in the squad.

Abelardo Fernandez makes four changes to the side that started in the first leg, with Pedrosa, Darder, Lopez and Calleri all coming into the starting line-up. Wu Lei and Ferreyra start on the bench.

WOLVES SUBS: John Ruddy, Raul Jimenez, Bruno Jordao, Leonardo Campana, Oskar Buur, Romain Saiss, Pedro Neto.

WOLVES STARTING XI (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Maximilian Kilman; Matt Doherty, Leander Dendoncker, Morgan Gibbs-White, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre; Adama Traore, Daniel Podence.

ESPANYOL SUBS: Leandro Cabrera, Adrian Embarba, Facundo Ferreyra, Wu Lei, Diego Lopez, Pol Lozano, Pipa.

ESPANYOL STARTING XI (4-4-2): Andres Prieto; Victor Gomez, Fernando Calero, Naldo, Adria Pedrosa; Oscar Melendo, Victor Sanchez, David Lopez, Sergi Darder; Matias Vargas, Jonathan Calleri.

Wolves dominated the first leg and came out on top as 4-0 winners, with Diogo Jota scoring a hat-trick and Ruben Neves adding the fourth at Molineux, leaving Espanyol with a mountain to climb if they want to get through to the next round. They’ve struggled for form in recent weeks, winning just one of their last seven outings, and have the added challenge of scoring against a Wolves side that haven’t conceded in their last four games.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Europa League Round of 32 second leg meeting between Espanyol and Wolves at the RCDE Stadium!

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