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Wolves reach FA Cup quarterfinals (video)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are into the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 16 years, as Ivan Cavaleiro‘s first half goal was enough to edge the Premier League side past a spirited Bristol City on Sunday.

Second-tier Bristol City had several big chances in the second half but their run of nine-straight wins in all competitions came to an end as Nuno Espirito Santo‘s Wolves are now among the favorites to win the FA Cup.

The team who sit in seventh place in the Premier League continue their incredible season.

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After a bright start from Wolves at Ashton Gate, the home side forced their way back into the game and created plenty of chances.

But just as the home side got a foothold in the game, Wolves took the lead.

Conor Coady‘s fine long ball found Matt Doherty and he pulled it back for Cavaleiro to slot home down the center and past Frank Fielding.

Raul Jimenez and Doherty then combined moments later as the latter clipped the post with a deflected effort, then Leander Dendoncker forced Fielding into a solid stop as the Premier League side threatened to run away with things.

In the second half Bristol City battled their way back into the game as substitutes Marlon Pack and Matty Taylor made a big difference.

After a great run from Marcus Brownhill it was Taylor who almost nicked the ball past John Ruddy, while Pack forced Wolves’ goalkeeper into a save after his shot from distance.

At the other end Joao Moutinho clipped the crossbar after Fielding got fingertips to his effort, while Bristol pushed forward late on in search of an equalizer.

Morgan Gibbs-White was denied by Fielding late on as Bristol were wide-open to counters as they pushed forward, and they should have taken the game to extra time.

Ruddy tipped over a shot from Taylor, Pack then somehow skied over the bar from close-range and then Romain Saiss cleared off the line.

Wolves were let off the hook and reached the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003.

Wolves edge Leicester, win seven-goal thriller (video)

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  • Jota, Bennett score early, Wolves led 2-0
  • Leicester fought back to make it 2-2
  • Jota made it 3-2, then Morgan equalized late on
  • Jota seals hat trick in stoppage time
  • Leicester suffer fourth-straight defeat in all competitions

Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Leicester City 4-3 in a classic Premier League encounter Saturday, as the game flowed back and forth in a thrilling encounter at Molinuex.

Diogo Jota and Ryan Bennett scored to put Wolves 2-0 up early, but Leicester fought back at the start of the second half with a Demarai Gray striker and an own goal from Conor Coady. Jota popped up to make it 3-2 in a pulsating, end-to-end clash which both teams couldn’t control. Wes Morgan popped up to head home a late equalizer for Leicester, but then Jota struck in stoppage time to seal an incredible win.

With the win Wolves move up to eighth place on 32 points and leapfrog Leicester, who remain on 31 points. Foxes boss Claude Puel is certainly under pressure as his team suffered their fourth-straight defeat in all competitions.

Nuno Espirito Santo was sent off in stoppage time for running on the pitch and celebrating with his players, but the Portuguese coach will not care as Wolves’ European dreams remain alive.

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Wolves came flying out of the traps as Nampalys Mendy picked up an early booking and the Foxes couldn’t recover. First Kasper Schmeichel denied Ruben Neves with a fantastic save, then Jota gave Wolves the lead as he prodded home Joao Moutinho‘s perfect cross. 1-0.

At the other end Leicester almost hit back right away as Rui Patricio dallied on the ball and Jamie Vardy nipped in to steal it, but Wolves’ goalkeeper recovered to save and the hosts eventually cleared.

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The game failed to calm down as Wolves then scored a second from a corner. Moutinho whipped in the set piece to the back post and Bennett towered above Harry Maguire to nod home a second for Wolves and leave Puel fuming on the sidelines.

Leicester tried to battle their way back into the game as Patricio pushed away Demarai Gray’s effort, saved another from Gray and Ricardo Pereira dragged as shot wide. At the other end Jota came close to finishing off Jimenez’s superb cross but Schmeichel saved, and Jimenez was then denied as Wolves ended the first half as they started it. Well on top.

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Right at the start of the second half Leicester were back in the game as Gray dances through the Wolves defense and finished to make it 2-1, and moments later Barnes smashed an effort on goal which Patricio pushed over.

Barnes played a big hand in making it 2-2, as a mix-up in the box saw the ball drop kindly to him and the 21-year-old smashed home, via a deflection off Coady, what he thought was his first Premier League goal on his first start (the goal later went down as a Coady own goal) to spark wild celebrations among the Leicester fans. Game on.

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Wolves went back ahead midway through the second half as Neves played a beautiful ball over the top and Jota drilled a low shot home to make it 3-2.

Substitute James Maddison missed a glorious chance to level things, but he then whipped in a wonderful cross for Morgan to head home an equalizer late on. But the drama wasn’t done. A mistake from Leicester allowed Jimenez to tee up Jota and he completed his hat trick to make it 4-3 and hand Wolves a dramatic late victory as Nuno Espirito Santo ran on the pitch in jubilation.

That goal capped off an instant Premier League classic rather nicely.

Wolves comeback ends Spurs’ title hopes

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  • Kane’s belter opens the scoring (22′ – WATCH HERE)
  • Boly heads home equalizer (73′)
  • Jimenez wins it (83′)
  • Spurs’ five-game winning streak ends
  • Wolves climb four places to 7th

Tottenham Hotspur coughed up an early lead they absolutely had to hold in order to establish themselves as Premier League title contenders, losing 3-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley on Saturday.

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Tottenham enjoyed absolute control of early proceedings, to the tune of 70 percent of possession in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Wolves kept them at arm’s length, however, allowing little more than speculative efforts from distance.

Christian Eriksen went closest in the 19th minute, when he curl a left-footed strike from the edge of Wolves’ penalty area. The Dane’s deft strike was destined for the upper-90, but Rui Patricio made a stellar save diving to his right.

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The defensive formula remained the same, but the results changed minutes later. Harry Kane caught sight of goal from 20 yards out, creating space with a quick cut in from the right wing. He had ample time to set the ball up for his left foot and unloaded an arrowed blast inside the far post, off the helpless hand of Patricio, to put Spurs on top.

It was Kane’s eighth goal in his last 10 league games and his 13th of the PL season, drawing him level with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Golden Boot race.

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Wolves were patient in chasing an equalizer, affording Spurs more than enough of the ball to slowly kill the game off and see out their one-goal lead — until the final 20 minutes of the game.

Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho entered the game in the 68th minute and provided a measure of stability in possession previously missing. Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side suddenly found themselves with plenty of possession and chances.

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It was Moutinho who served up the tantalizing corner kick in the 73rd minute, headed through the outstretched hands of Hugo Lloris by Willy Boly.

Wolves remained the more dangerous side in the ensuing 15 minutes and were justly rewarded for their ambition in the 83rd minute. Raul Jimenez snuck the ball between Toby Alderweireld’s legs and placed it ever so perfectly inside Lloris’ right-hand post.

Spurs’ unraveling was complete just four minutes later, when Helder Costa got in behind the left side of defense and beat Lloris for a third goal in 14 minutes.

Wolves 0-2 Liverpool: Salah, Van Dijk send Reds top through Christmas

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  • Salah scores PL leading 11th goal
  • Van Dijk nets first PL goal in Liverpool shirt
  • Liverpool still unbeaten in PL play, with 11 clean sheets

Just once in the last nine seasons has the Premier League leader on Christmas morning not gone on to win the title. Liverpool in 2014 remains the lone outlier in that set, and now the Reds have a chance to turn the tables on that disappointing finish.

Liverpool ensured the club would sit atop the Premier League table through the holiday as the Reds tamed a dangerous Wolves side 2-0 behind Mohamed Salah‘s 11th goal of the season and Virgil Van Dijk‘s first Premier League goal in a Liverpool uniform. The hosts were often threatening at Monlieux, but could not produce a noteworthy finish and were made to pay.

Wolves proved the more dangerous side in the opening 15 minutes, as Adama Traore and Romain Saiss each had good chances on the break, with the latter’s shot saved and parried by Alisson into a dangerous area near the penalty spot in the 16th minute, but it was cleared by the defense.

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Despite the positive attacking mentality from the hosts, they were undone on the other end inside the opening 20 minutes, putting the underdogs behind. Fabinho played a one-two with Sadio Mane on the right-hand flank, and it led to a fizzling low cross from the Brazilian. Salah was on the doorstep to latch on, and he tapped in the cross from the top of the six-yard box.

As the rain came down in sheets at Monlieux, the hosts had another big chance as the game crept closer to halftime, but Raul Jimenez was hesitant to shoot when the opportunity arrived, and eventually his effort was blocked by a recovering Liverpool defense. Alisson was then on hand to save a shot on the break from Matthew Doherty, who may have done better by crossing to an open Jiminez in front of net.

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After halftime, Liverpool was dealt a blow as Naby Keita was withdrawn due to injury, replaced by Adam Lallana. Nuno countered by removing Portuguese international Joao Moutinho and replacing him with , also withdrawing Adama Traore for fresh legs in Ivan Cavaleiro.

Liverpool looked to extend its lead past the hour mark, as Salah and Mane worked a good attempt for Lallana from the left that was blocked out for a corner. The ensuing set-piece was played short, and it eventually came to Salah who produced a delicious delivery for van Dijk who beat his mark and tapped home past a helpless Rui Patricio for a 2-0 lead with 22 minutes to go.

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Wolves, knowing they had to produce some kind of final product to have any chance at a result, pushed forward with even more urgency. They pressed Liverpool hard and won the ball in positive areas, but were unable to get past the Reds defense.  A mistake by Andy Robertson in the 89th minute nearly saw Wolves substitute Morgan Gibbs-White free on goal, but the young English international was unable to find the back of the net, firing just wide of the gaping goal. Georginio Wijnaldum missed a wide-open chance for Liverpool on the stroke of the final whistle.

As the final whistle blew, Liverpool moved to 48 points, four above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Liverpool is yet unbeaten in Premier League play, with 15 wins in 18 matches. The Reds also have 11 clean sheets on the season and have conceded just two goals in their last seven matches.

Meanwhile, Wolves remain in seventh with 25 points, still an overwhelmingly positive position for a newly promoted team. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak, and leaves Wolves with four days rest before a festive period that features four matches in eight days.

Premier League Sunday: Arsenal hosts Cherries; Wolves aim to snap skid

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Two of the Premier League week’s three remaining matches take place Sunday morning, with potential movement at both ends of the table.

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Can Arsenal take advantage of Chelsea’s loss?
Bournemouth vs. Arsenal — 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

Arsenal can move within a point of the Top Four by winning at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, but the hosts can breathe the rarefied air of sixth if they hold serve against the Gunners.

Bournemouth would move to within a point of the Gunners with a win, and the match is almost certain to entertain given both managers’ desire to play attacking football.

Terriers aim to get off the bottom versus inconsistent Wolves
Wolves vs. Huddersfield Town — 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

Nuno Espirito Santo‘s Wolverhampton Wanderers have hung with the big dogs so far this season, but haven’t always shown up once handed the role of favorites.

That’s what they’ll be when Huddersfield Town heads into the Molineux on Sunday, with Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez, and Joao Moutinho name quality players mostly absent from the Terriers set-up (with apologies to Aaron Mooy and Jonas Lossl).