Wolverhampton, led by Portuguese coach Nuno Espírito Santo, drew a goal today at Fulham, who set off for the 19th round of the English Premier League in last place.
The visitors advanced on the scoreboard in the 74th minute, through substitute Ryan Sessegnon, but the Englishman’s Portuguese side managed to restore equality to the 85 with a goal from Romani Saiss.
Rui Patrício and João Moutinho lined up in the 90th minute, while Ivan Cavaleiro made it to the interval, Hélder Costa at 63 and Reuben Vinagre at 82. Rúben Neves did not leave the bench.
The Wolves dominated the game with more than 70 per cent possession, but struggled to create dangerous opportunities against a Fulham, led by Italy’s Claudio Ranieri, who was consistently well-positioned in defensive terms.
The first half was dominated by the outsiders and nothing changed in the second, but in the 74th minute, they were the places to score, by Sessegnon, who took advantage of a rebound, after an incomplete defense of Rui Patrício, following a free.
On the down side, Wolverhmapton were even more complicated but continued to search for the goal with five minutes remaining, with Ivan Cavaleiro centering on the left and Hélder Costa scoring on the right for Saiss to score.
At the end of the day, Nuno Espírito Santo’s ‘eleven’ still struggled to win, but in the 90th minute the big occasion was Fulham, with Aleksandar Mitrovic taking advantage of a goalkeeper Sergio Rico, but Coady to save on the line.
With this tie, in the first game of Boxing Day, Wolverhampton provisionally equalized Leicester in ninth place with 26 points, while Fulham came to count 11, also rising to the condition, to 19th and penultimate.