Wolves beat Armenians Pyunik 4-0

Diogo Jota made a ravishing acrobatic volley high score as Wolves wins against Armenians Pyunik 4-0 at Molineux and 8-0 overall to launch a Europa League play-off tie with Italian side Torino.

Jota came late from the bank to drive home a sublime graduation of Raul Jimenez’s excellent rag.

Pedro Neto opened the scoring with a debut before academy graduate Morgan Gibbs-White turned in a cross.

Ruben Vinagre scored from close range to make it 3-0 before Jota hit.

The 8-0 overall victory is the largest in Europe and means they are only two games away from reaching the Europa League group stage.

But they will face a tougher test in Serie A side Torino, which beat FC Shakhtyor of Belarus 6-1 in the standings. The two games against the Italians take place on 22 and 29 August.

Wolves will be in Europe for the first time since 1980 and have recorded their biggest ever continental victory in Armenia last week with a 4-0 victory in Armenia.

This result allowed them to be more relaxed over the second leg in Molineux and, unsurprisingly, manager Nuno Espirito Santo rang the changes.

Only skippers Conor Coady and Joao Moutinho kept their places off the side that drew with Leicester in their Premier League debut, while Jesus Vallejo, Neto and Patrick Cutrone all received their full debuts.

The lack of urgency was in the first half largely chance and only at the beginning of the second half, the wolves registered their first shot on goal, Gibbs-White hit a try directly on the Pyunik goalkeeper.

But this chance seemed to call the hosts to life, and any glimmer of hope Pyunik had to stage an unlikely comeback ended with a devastating 10-minute spell in which the hosts scored three goals and could have had more.

At 3-0, Nuno may have been tempted to tell his players to relax, instead bringing strikers Jota and Jimenez into play.

And the pair combined a sensational goal as Jimenez headed the ball for Jota to send a stunning volley.

Wolves looked comfortable in their first season back in the Premier League as they finished seventh. But the addition of competition in Europe this time is an additional challenge – an overloaded playlist.

Her promotion to the play-off round means she has the prospect of five games in just 16 days until September 1st.

What they said

Nuno Espirito Santo spoken that the game was not easy and Pyunik started the game very well, he wishes everyone in the team all the best for the future games.

“I thought all my players did a very good job, not just the new players, the second half was very good.

“It was a good game, I think we started the game normally because some players take more time, we got off to a better start in the game and the second half was very, very good.

“I am satisfied with the whole team, all players have done a very good job.”