Europa League: Wolves see off Crusaders to reach next qualifying round

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are through to the third qualifying round of the 2019-20 Europa League after seeing off Northern Irish side Crusaders, 4-1 on the day and 6-1 on aggregate, on Thursday.

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After cruising to a 2-0 home victory last week, Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side took its levels up a notch and moved closer to where they’ll have to be when Premier League play kicks off next weekend.

Things started a bit ropey for Wolves, as Ryan Bennett scored an own goal in the 13th minute, cutting his side’s lead to just 2-1 on aggregate. The drama was extremely short-lived, though, as order was restored just two minutes later.

Raul Jimenez opened his account for the season by bagging a first-half brace, in the 15th and 45th minute. Bennett chipped in with a goal on the other end in the 38th, which made it an insurmountable 5-1 deficit for Crusaders when they left the field for halftime.

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Jordan Forsythe returned Bennett’s earlier favor with an own goal in the 77th minute to complete the scoring and see Wolves progress to the next round, where they’ll face Armenian side Pyunik. If they advance again, they’ll be into the final qualifying round, one more aggregate victory away from the group stage.

Thursday’s notable Europa League results

Stjarnan 1-3 (1-7) Espanyol
Debrecen 1-7 Torino
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 (4-2) Flora Tallin
Progres Niederkorn 0-0 (0-2) Rangers