Wolves 1 Leeds United 0: Whites undone by freak Adama Traore goal at Molineux as chances go begging

ADAMA Traore's thunderbolt bounced off the woodwork and then Illan Meslier's back to condemn Leeds United to a 1-0 reverse at Friday night's Premier League hosts Wolves.

Saturday, 20th February 2021, 12:42 am

Both sides had chances in an entertaining game at Molineux and Whites skipper Liam Cooper was denied three times at set pieces when latching on to brilliant deliveries from Raphinha.

But the hosts left with all three points to become the first team this season to complete the double over Leeds who now drop below Wolves into 12th, though having played one game less and United are still 13 points clear of the drop zone.

Leeds missed a golden chance to take the lead in the 20th minute when Cooper latched on to a Raphinha free-kick but could only head straight at 'keeper Rui Patricio.

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DENIED: Leeds United skipper Liam Cooper was denied three times from Raphinha set pieces by Wolves keeper Rui Patricio. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images.

Pedro Neto then fired wide at the other end before United were denied by the post as a Mateusz Klich effort smacked back off the frame of the goal.

Pascal Struijk's follow-up effort was saved before Tyler Roberts fired wide.

Back came Wolves and Meslier produced a strong save to deny Nelson Semedo from close range and Meslier then denied the same player at a tight angle.

A deflected Raphinha shot then trickled just wide, narrowly evading Tyler Roberts, and it proved the last attempt of an even first half.

Wolves squandered a decent chance eight minutes after the restart when Jack Harrison lost the ball but Neto could only fire over from inside the box when Willian Jose was free in the middle.

Another wonderful Raphinha free-kick then once again picked out Cooper whose header was saved by Patricio and Patrick Bamford's follow-up attempt was blocked on the line.

And just seconds later Wolves took a 64th-minute lead when a rocket of a shot from Traore crashed back off the angle of post and bar but then hit Meslier's back and trickled over the line.

Back came Leeds and Cooper latched on to yet another terrific delivery from Raphinha only to see his shot at a tight angle saved by Patricio.

Bamford then looked to have drawn Leeds level with a superb finish in the 76th minute but the striker was offside.

Joao Moutinho fired another Wolves effort over the bar and a stinging Tyler Roberts drive was then blocked.

Wolves substitute Fabio Silva then fired wide but Leeds squandered another glorious chance in the 93rd minute when the ball dropped in the box to substitute Helder Costa who could only fire at Patricio.

Even then there was one more chance as Raphinha's header was tipped wide but Traore's moment of magic proved the difference.

Wolves: Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny (Marcal 60, Ait-Nouri 82)); Traore, Willian Jose (Silva 87), Neto. Subs not used: Ruddy, Kilman, Hoever, Otasowie, Vitinha, Gibbs-White.

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Struijk, Shackleton (Hernandez 66), Dallas, Klich (Alioski 81), Harrison (Costa 81), Raphinha, Roberts, Bamford. Subs not used: Casilla, Llorente, Davis, Costa, Jenkins, Huggins, Gelhardt.

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Thank you Laura Collins