English Premier League: Ruben Neves scored a stunner as Wolverhampton beat Aston Villa 2-1.
Midfielder Neves scored the opening goal as Wolves overcame Villa in fiery Midlands derby. Neves' first goal in the first half and Raul Jimenez's late effort lifted Nuno Espirito Santo's side to the eighth spot in the Premier League. Wolverhampton’s Egyptian player Trezeguet (Mahmoud Hassan) scored a consolation goal for Villa in injury time.
Neves, who put the ball into the corner from the edge of the area in spectacular fashion, has been praised for the instrumental role he played in beating Villa.
With the splendid effort, Neves should move back into his manager’s good books. Neves needed to redeem himself after a badly taken penalty against Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League win last week.
Despite the penalty miss, the match ended in a 1-0 victory for Wolves which moved them closer to the Europa League knockout stage.
Wolverhampton coach Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with the response from Neves.
“He played really well, really well. Defensively, he managed the ball, good passing – and credit must go to him and Joao (Moutinho, for the goal). They made it themselves. It was really, really good,” said, said Nuno.
It was a difficult moment for Dean Smith’s Aston Villa after losing their goalkeeper Jed Steer to injury after just five minutes against Wolves, the same opponent they had knocked out of the League Cup at the end of October.
Wolves dominated the game and were able to take the lead after half an hour, with Neves not giving substitute goalkeeper Orjan Nyland a chance to thwart his attempt.
Neves was assisted by Joao Moutinho in the opening goal. Moutinho delivered a corner kick and the Portugal international Neves dutifully delivered the goods from 25 yards out.
Villa had another injury blow when their left defender Matt Targett had to be replaced before the break but the visitors kept their focus on the game.
Villa threatened to equalize but Wolves quickly capitalized on the opportunity to earn points through Jimenez. He redeemed his mistakes after wasting some earlier opportunities, snapping in the corner after an exciting move from Traore.
Wolves recorded their first win over Villa in eight years. The win allowed them to score 16 points from 12 games while Villa remains fourth down from 11 points. Wolverhampton is level on points with Bournemouth (9th) and Manchester United (7th).
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