Wolves player ratings gallery vs Tottenham as two score 'heroic' 9/10s but one gets 4
Wolverhampton Wanderers left it mightily late but came from behind to beat Premier League title challengers Tottenham Hotspur in dramatic style at Molineux on Saturday. It took until the 90th minute for Brennan Johnson's third-minute strike to be canceled out by super substitute Pablo Sarabia and then, just as you thought it was going to end all square, Mario Lemina stepped up to score with the last kick of the game.
It was a nightmare start for Wolves as Tottenham silenced Molineux by taking the lead within merely moments. Ange Postecoglou's side were patient in the build-up before Dejan Kulusevski performed a clever flicked pass to evade Rayan Ait-Nouri and find Pedro Porro on the overlap. The Spurs right-back drilled the ball across the face of goal and Brennan Johnson was there to tap home for a very early 1-0 lead.
Wanderers responded well to going a goal down and very nearly equalised when Rayan Ait-Nouri broke forward and struck toward goal, but Spurs defender Ben Davies made a brilliant last-ditch intervention to deny him. More half-chances flowed as Wolves worked well in tight spaces in and around Spurs' box. Lemina had the best of these as he stung the gloves of Vicario but the visitors went into the break with their 1-0 lead still intact.
Wolves started the second half just as they finished the first, in the ascendency and looking the far likelier team to score the next goal. Matheus Cunha had an opening as Ait-Nouri cut it back to him just inside the area but the Brazilian fired high and wide. Hwang Hee-chan then missed a golden chance when the ball fell to him after a deflected Joao Gomes effort. The South Korean fluffed his lines, however, shooting just wide of the near post and giving Spurs the opportunity to restructure.
As the clock ticked beyond the hour mark, Gary O'Neil turned to the bench to make a few positive changes but the game turned cagey and the Old Gold were unable to form too many breakthroughs for a long while. Sasa Kalajdzic was the only one to see as sight of goal as the 6ft 7in striker missed a glorious chance, judging the flight of an Ait-Nouri cross badly wrong and heading well wide.
In the 90th minute, however, everything changed in an instant as the previously flat Molineux mood was heaved upward when Wolves finally scored the equaliser they'd been searching desperately for all game long. Cunha, cutting in from the left flank, curled a perfectly weighted ball over to substitute Sarabia and the former Paris Saint-Germain forward took one touch in the air before firing fiercely on the half-volley to nestle into the near corner.
Most in the crowd would've taken the point at that stage but O'Neil's men had other ideas as another reinforcement, Tommy Doyle, took a quick free-kick to feed in Sarabia down the right. The Spaniard took his time and found a charging Lemina with an inch-perfect through ball. The midfielder was composed and found the far corner to send O'Neil and Molineux wild with a deafening roar filling the stadium for minutes afterward. It's a vital three points for Wolves, who move up to 12th in the standings. Here are our player ratings.
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