Diogo Jota scored twice and helped produce the third goal of Wolves 3-0 battering of Norwich City at the Molineux Stadium on Sunday.
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Mexican star Raul Jimenez scored the other goal for Wolves.
Wolves rise eighth with 39 points, five points off fourth and two back of fifth-place Manchester United.
Norwich City remains seven points back of 17th place with a league-worst goal differential sinking to minus-27.
Three things we learned
1. Red-hot Jota: Wolves’ 23-year-old attacker was coming off a hat trick versus Espanyol in Europa League play, and had two goals by the half-hour mark at the Molineux. That gives him five PL goals amongst his 14 in all competitions as Wolves threaten both the Europa League and, somehow, remain alive in the top four race.
2. Abject Norwich defending: Daniel Farke‘s men have been praised for continuing their forward-thinking, attack-minded football in the Premier League, but maybe they simply didn’t have the protectors to bunker down in front of Tim Krul. That’s a bit unfair, because it’s admirable that Farke wishes to entertain, but there’s no debating the mess that is the Canaries defense this year.
3. Jimenez is Mexico’s best: Club Leon’s coach made headlines this week when he called LAFC’s Carlos Vela the best Mexican player, and perhaps he’s No. 2, but there’s no North American in the world doing what Raul is doing in Europe. Jimenez went over 3,300 season minutes on Sunday, adding another goal to give him 22 with 10 assists. Only Rui Patricio, Conor Coady, and Joao Moutinho have played more than the El Tri star.
Raúl Jiménez scored so naturally his goal celebration was dedicated to his girlfriend with whom he's expecting his first child! ⚡️🐺 pic.twitter.com/q1zOubsRLl
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 23, 2020
Man of the Match: Jota
Kenny McLean cranked a shot to Patricio off a Puuki pass in the 11th minute.
A Norwich giveaway allowed Diogo Jota to dance into the 18, but he instead dribbled himself out of room and was tackled.
Jota made amends in the 19th minute, lashing home after a terrific team goal.
It might’ve been 2-0 had Alex Tettey not darted between Jota’s 23rd-minute pass to Raul Jimenez.
Jota got his second in the 30th off a corner kick, as Romain Saiss slashed a pass across the six that any of three Wolves would’ve put in for a two-goal lead.
Tim Krul made a great save on a Ruben Neves free kick after Jota was injured drawing the set piece atop the 18.
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Jota smashed the post moments before Jimenez deposited Wolves’ third goal of the game, a 3-0 lead arriving in the 50th minute.