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Three-straight for Wolves after defeat of Bournemouth

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  • Visitors have 62 percent possession, 13-9 shots edge
  • Jota, Jimenez gives Wolves lead
  • Cavaleiro bags stoppage time goal
  • Wolves win third-straight

Raul Jimenez and Ivan Cavaleiro scored as Wolverhampton Wanderers won their third-straight match with a 2-0 defeat of Bournemouth at the Molineux on Saturday.

The win moves Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men into seventh with 25 points, one back of Manchester United. Bournemouth’s struggles continue after a rich start to the season, the Cherries now 10th with 23 points.

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Conor Coady blocked an early Joshua King scoring chance as the Cherries tested the hosts.

And the Wolves made good on some early threats when Mexican international Jimenez slotting a Diogo Jota pass into an empty goal after good work from the Portuguese attacker.

Helder Costa set up Cavaleiro for a late insurance goal as Wolves made it three-straight and look set to (again) challenge for a Top Seven position.

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Clinical Portugal tops Scotland in friendly

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Alex McLeish is in a world of hurt as manager of Scotland as they fell at home to Portugal 3-1 after a host of missed opportunities and defensive errors. The visitors were at less than full strength, without Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva.

Scotland started the game in Hampden brightly and nearly had the opener as Beto was forced to make a save on his own man¬†Sergio Oliveira. Portugal found its way into the game and missed a few chances before they bagged the first just before halftime as Wolverhampton winger Helder Costa beat Andrew Robertson to the far post where he cut inside and met¬†K√©vin Rodrigues’ cross for a sliding finish.

The hosts had chances, as¬†Scott McKenna missed a header after the break. That would prove costly, as Portugal struck again with 19 minutes remaining through Eder.¬†Stephen O’Donnell was the culprit as Eder beat him to the far post on a Renato Sanchez free-kick, earning an open header.

Finally, in the 84th minute, Portugal found a third as a giveaway in the midfield allowed the visitors to break. Bruma took the ball down the left flank and turned Graeme Shinnie completely around before unleashing a powerful shot into the top corner. Steven Naismith grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but the damage had been done.

The loss is the sixth in the last eight for McLeish, who admitted he was at fault for the recent struggles.¬†“It’s never easy to lose and that was a tough weekend,” said McLeish after the match. “I have to stand up and be brave and take it forward. There’s other examples of managers being under the cosh – Michael O’Neil and the Russian camp and Stanislav Cherchesov persevered. I’ll always retain that determination.”

“It’s basic errors that we made and that is the disappointing aspect of it,” said McLeish of the mistakes at the back. “You expect the top teams to cut you open with majestic skills, but we were the perpetrators of our own mistakes. I thought there was a lot of good football. We had a good game plan, we were compact, we pressed when we had a chance to press. I know there was a few Portugal players rested but there was a still a hell of a lot of money out on that pitch.”