In a thrilling 1-1 tie on Sunday at Molineux, Ruben Neves and Allan Saint-Maximin scored two outstanding goals for Wolves and Newcastle.
After struggling up front from the first day of the season, Portugal midfielder Neves sent a rocketing shot sailing over Nick Pope for the Wanderers’ second league goal of the year. Saint-Maximin score from the edge of the box after Hwang Hee-shoddy chan’s attempt at a clearance after Newcastle had many surprises repelled.
In the first 15 minutes, Joe Willock, Chris Wood, and Pedro Neto all came close to scoring, and the lively Saint-Maximin quickly began rushing the home defense with his trademark combination of quick feet and good footwork.
As Raul Jimenez and Neto began to have more success against the Magpies’ back four, the Wanderers took the lead. Neves broke the tie in the 38th minute.
Goncalo Guedes, a summer acquisition, set up the 25-year-old, who then drilled it between Willock’s thigh and well past Pope to add another cracker to his impressive collection of long-range shots.
As Newcastle attempted to break down the dependable center-back duo of Max Kilman and Nathan Collins, they kept that advantage for the entirety of the second half.
After a careless challenge on Neto by Fabian Schar resulted in no VAR red card review, teammate Miguel Almiron set up the Switzerland international for a long-range shot that was just wide.
With ten minutes left, Wolves once more had the ball in the net, but the goal was chalked off. Before charging clear and setting up Jimenez for the goal, Neto ran over Ryan Fraser on the halfway line. However, VAR quickly intervened to award Newcastle a free kick to nullify the goal.
The choice ultimately led to their demise as Newcastle produced the equalizer their pressure merited. The visitors were awarded a point when substitute Hwang’s clearing went straight to Saint-Maximin, who scored with a perfectly timed volley from the edge of the box.
If Elliot Anderson’s shot had connected with the goal rather than the crossbar, they might have received all three, but the rewards were rightfully split.
As a consequence, Newcastle moves up to seventh place and maintains their unblemished start to the season, while Wolves drops to 19th place and has not won a league game since April.
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