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Wolves 2-1 Liverpool

Wolves 2-1 Liverpool

Wolves secured an impressive victory over Premier League leaders Liverpool to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup. 

Wolves went into the game as slight underdogs despite playing a relatively strong eleven, while Liverpool fielded a largely understrength side, resting the likes of Salah, Firmino and Mane with one eye clearly on the league.

Indeed, manager Jurgen Klopp opted to field young Portuguese attacker Rafael Camacho, one of Liverpool's first ever players born in or after 2000 to play for the club, at right back, with Alberto Moreno on the left and Fabinho and Lovren at centreback.

Wolves, meanwhile, fielded a total of 4 Portuguese players in their lineup - Ruben Vinagre, Ruben Neves, João Moutinho and Diogo Jota.

With Liverpool's side already looking far weaker than normal, they ran into a problem almost as soon as the game kicked off, with Lovren suffering a leg injury 5 minutes in. 

With no recognisable senior centrebacks on the bench, Klopp was forced to call upon 16-year old Ki-Jana Hoever, an incredible and unexpected turn of events for the young Dutch defender.

But his introduction was the highlight of the first 35 minutes, chances few and far between as both sides looked fairly cagey and short of both intensity and creativity.

Sloppy passing and dispossession of the ball was also a feature of the opening half hour, with neither side showing their true capabilities, and it was Wolves who eventually capitalised.

After the experienced Milner failed to get the ball under control after a pass from Moreno, the lively Diogo Jota pounced, nicking the ball off the versatile midfielder before playing in Raul Jimenez.

The Mexican striker sprinted towards goal from the halfway line as Jota slyly blocked off Milner, leaving Jimenez with plenty of time to run through on goal and smash home past Mignolet.

Wolves went into the break a goal ahead, having just about deserved their lead against the surprisingly hapless Liverpool. Ultimately though, it seemed Wolves would have been relatively content with a 0-0 scoreline heading into half time, not committing too many players forwards as they looked to keep the game tight.

Wolves fans and players would therefore have been delighted to nick a goal so close to the 45th minute, putting all the pressure on the youthful Liverpool side to respond. 

But respond they did, almost immediately; indeed, just 6 minutes after the break, Liverpool drew level, Divock Origi the man to smash the ball past the outstretched John Ruddy, who was stepping in for Rui Patricio.

However, Wolves weren't pegged back for long, with Ruben Neves finishing off a stunning long-range effort to put Wolves back in front in the 55th minute. His arrowed strike from well outside the box was both precise and powerful, leaving Mignolet with little chance of saving it. 

Liverpool came very close to potentially forcing the tie into a rematch though, Shaqiri's well placed, curling shot looking certain to hit the back of the net but for an outstanding fingertip save from Ruddy, who did enough to tip the ball onto the post.

And Liverpool, from that point forth, despite introducing both Salah and Firmino, created very little in terms of clear-cut chances, with Wolves perhaps looking the most threatening on the break.

Wolves therefore finished the game as 2-1 winners, advancing to the next round of the competition, where they will face either Stoke or Shrewsbury.

The victory means that Wolves have secured a result against each of the top 6 teams in England this season, beating 3 (Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham) and drawing against the other 3 so far this campaign across all competitions.

In a match bereft of significant quality, Neves' goal was undoubtedly the standout, while the battle between the two young opposing Portuguese fullbacks - Vinagre and Camacho - down one of the flanks was the source of great intrigue for fans of the Seleção.

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