Wolves 2 (Sarabia 90+1, Lemina 90+7) Tottenham 1 (Johnson 3)
Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina struck in injury time to see Wolves come from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the most incredible circumstances at Molineux.
The Old Gold were staring down the jaws of defeat after Brennan Johnson’s early opener, but as the clocked ticked into second half injury time, Sarabia took Matheus Cunha’s cross under his spell and slammed home at the near post to level things up.
Then, right at the death, the Spaniard turned provider, picking out the run of Lemina, who’d ghosted into the Spurs box, and the midfielder did the rest, guiding into the bottom corner to complete Wolves’ dramatic comeback.
A response to last weekend’s defeat was the target, but Wolves were trailing after just three minutes of the early kick-off. A switch of play over to the Old Gold left was missed by Toti and Dejan Kulusevski made use of Pedro Porro’s overlap, and the full-back’s drilled low cross found Johnson at the back post, and after he’d got ahead of Nelson Semedo, the finish was a simple one for 1-0.
That goal didn’t define the half however, and Wolves actually had more of the ball, without forcing an equaliser. Both full-backs were getting into dangerous areas, without finding the desired final product, with Rayan Ait-Nouri running in on goal and shooting at Guglielmo Vicario.
The Spurs stopper had to be at his best soon after too, as Cunha slipped in Lemina, and his drilled effort needed turning behind for a corner. The midfielder, who netted on his last Molineux outing, then headed over an Ait-Nouri corner.
A Toti header late in the half, comfortably saved by Vicario, was Wolves’ final attempt before the break, while Ben Davies headed wide for Spurs as the first 45 came to an end.
Half-time | Wolves 0-1 Tottenham
A lack of intensity was clear in the hosts before the break, but they did up it after, without being able to find an early goal. Jean-Ricner Bellegarde shot over straight after the restart, before Cunha curled wide, after good work by Toti and Ait-Nouri in the build-up.
The chances were coming, and they were falling to attacking players, but still the equaliser didn’t arrive. Hee Chan Hwang snatched at his chance too, firing wide of the near post, after Joao Gomes’ shot deflected into his path.
However, the quality when it mattered continued to desert Wolves. When Cunha carried the ball forward and slipped in Lemina on the overlap, the midfielder had substitute Matt Doherty waiting for the tap in in the middle, but the cross was behind the Irishman and the Spurs were able to clear.
The next big chance fell to another substitute Sasa Kalajdzic, as Gomes’ cross found him in space, but the Austrian got his header all wrong and directed off target. At the other end, Son Heung-min had a shot blocked, before Jose Sa tipped Giovani Lo Celso’s drive over the bar.
Instead, it was all about to kick into gear at the other end. Sarabia has found opportunities hard to come back, but his introduction changed the game, with Cunha picking out his run and the Spaniard produced the perfect control to take it under his spell and slammed home at the near post to level things up.
Then, in the final minute of added time, he turned provider. Tommy Doyle showed the intensity which lacked for much of the game, playing the ball out to Sarabia, and he waited for the perfect moment to slip in Lemina, who was composed to guide into the bottom corner to lift the lid off Molineux. The most incredible end to the game at Molineux.
Full-time | Wolves 2-1 Tottenham
Wolves | Sa, Semedo (Doherty 66), Kilman, Dawson, Toti, Ait-Nouri (Doyle 87), Lemina, Gomes (Sarabia 87), Bellegarde (Kalajdzic 73), Hwang, Cunha.
Unused subs | Bentley, Jonny, H Bueno, Traore, Silva.
Tottenham | Vicario, Porro, Dier, Davies, Royal, Hojbjerg, Bissouma (Lo Celso 75), Sarr (Bentancur 63), Johnson (Gill 75), Kulusevski, Son.
Unused subs | Forster, Skipp, Phillips, Veliz, Donley, Dorrington.