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Jimenez, Jota lead Wolves to Europa League blowout

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Nothing’s impossible, but Wolves built an improbable lead after one leg to take a step closer to the Europa League group stage.

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez scored twice and Diogo Jota had three assists as Wolves buried Armenian side Pyunik 4-0 in Yerevan on Thursday.

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The second leg comes at the Molineux in one week, and Wolves begin the Premier League season on Sunday morning with a visit to Leicester City (Watch live, 9 a.m. ET on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com)

Matt Doherty and Ruben Neves also scored, as Wolves led 2-0 at the break following Raul’s 42nd minute goal. He completed his brace one minute after halftime.

Should Wolves manage its lead, it will have to win more round to reach the group stage.

Wolves win at Watford to boost Europa hopes (video)

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  • Mexico’s Jimenez scores from Jota assist
  • Gray levels score
  • Jota wins it
  • Wolves four points clear of 8th

Wolverhampton Wanderers have a solid chance of qualifying for Europe, one season after promotion from the Championship.

Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored Saturday in a huge 2-1 win over seventh-place rivals Watford at Vicarage Road and now enjoy a four-point cushion on the Hornets as well as Everton, who drew Crystal Palace.

Watford could still take the Europa League place by beating Manchester City in the FA Cup Final. Their goal came from Andre Gray.

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Wolves had four of the match’s five shots on target, though Watford had more of the ball.

Jimenez nodded a Jota cross home to start the scoring in the 41st minute, though Watford equalized shortly after the break.

A Ryan Bennett mistake let Gray free on goal for 1-1, but Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster returned the gift when he misread a long ball from Ruben Neves and Jota headed into the yawning goal.

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Wolves top Arsenal for 1st time in 40 years (video)

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  • Electric Jota scores
  • Another Neves distance beauty (video)
  • Jonny instrumental in 3-goal first half

Wolves rode an electric first half past a barely-interested Arsenal to reclaim seventh place on the Premier League table with a 3-1 win at the Molineux Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsenal remains fifth with 66 points, while Wolves move to 51 on the season behind goals from Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, and Matt Doherty.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored Arsenal’s goal, as the Gunners lost to Wolves for the first time since 1979.

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Wolves had the best of the early chances, with Joao Moutinho curving a 20-yard attempt wide of the near post and Jonny Otto winning a dangerous free kick.

And that second chance hit pay dirt, as Neves did what he often does in such situations. A sensational free kick zipped over the wall and past a flying Bernd Leno.

The Arsenal keeper stopped a fireball cross from Diogo Jota in the 36th. Wolves scored off an ensuing corner kick, with Jonny sweeping a cross into the box for Doherty to nod home.

Jota made it 3-0 for the Wolves before halftime, as Leno certainly will regret his inability to get more than a piece of a low drive. Jota humiliated Sokratis with a shimmy before hitting it under the keeper.

Sokratis pulled a goal back with an 80th minute header that seemed destined to be a mere souvenir, and was.

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WATCH: Ruben Neves with another trademark goal from distance

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Ruben Neves struck a 28th minute salvo for Wolves in Wednesday’s Premier League tilt with Arsenal at the Molineux Stadium.

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Jonny Otto won a free kick outside the 18, and Neves was in prime position to seek his fourth goal of the Premier League season and first since Feb. 2.

Jonny found Matt Doherty for a second goal in the 37th minute, as Wolves are threatening to run riot.

Wolves retake control of seventh place with a win, moving to 51 points, while Arsenal will remain fifth with 66 points.

Wolves tighten hold on 7th at Everton (video)

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  • Jimenez scores ninth of PL season
  • Dendoncker, Neves also score
  • Silva’s seat gets hotter as only Gomes scores
  • Wolves’ 1st Goodison Park win since 1979

Raul Jimenez and Wolves’ dream season continued Saturday with a 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Seventh-place Wolves now have a four-point cushion on eighth in the race for a probable Europa League spot, while Everton is down to ninth.

Andre Gomes scored for Everton, while Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves joined Jimenez on the Wolves’ score sheet.

Wolves have a 9W-3D-1L record when the El Tri 27-year-old scores (9) or assists (6) in a Premier League match this season.

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It didn’t start well for the hosts. Cooked by Matt Doherty, Leighton Baines took the inventive Irishman down in the box.

Neves got Pickford going the other way on the penalty, and it was 1-0 for Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men.

But Everton’s Portuguese midfielder blasted a shot by countryman Rui Patricio 20 minutes later, Gomes dribbling into the box before hammering home.

Jimenez then kept up his hot heading by turning a free kick inside the near post, and it was 3-1 was Dendocker volleyed a rebound past Pickford.

To their credit, the Toffees did not quit and had the better of the chances the rest of the way. Patricio made a solid stop on substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 88th minute.

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