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This stunning Ruben Neves goal capped an unforgettable night for Wolves

Diogo Jota’s hat-trick was only the second best thing about tonight’s win over Espanyol.

Belter: Neves put Wolves into a 2-0 lead.
Belter: Neves put Wolves into a 2-0 lead.
Image: Martin Rickett

Wolves 4-0 Espanyol

DIOGO JOTA SCORED a second successive Europa League hat-trick — and Ruben Neves rifled in a stunning volley — as Wolves took complete control of their last-32 tie against Espanyol.

Wolves had failed to score in back-to-back Premier League matches but had no trouble in overcoming La Liga’s bottom-placed side at Molineux.

Jota netted a treble when Wolves won by the same scoreline against Besiktas in December, and he opened the scoring here with a close-range finish inside 15 minutes before doubling his tally in the second half after this sublime 25-yard volley from Neves put the hosts two ahead.

Jota completed his latest hat-trick with nine minutes remaining to leave Espanyol, who were fortunate not to have Ander Iturraspe dismissed, with a mountain to climb in next week’s return leg.

Andy Dunne and Murray Kinsella join Gavan Casey to tee you up for Sunday’s big one. The lads try to figure out where the winning and losing of the game will be, field a The42 member’s question as to what extent the media plays a role in Ireland’s performance, and Andy explains why Henry Tuilagi haunts his dreams at night.

Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud

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