Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolverhampton, with six Portuguese players in the eleven, suffered a heavy loss (4-0) this Sunday in London, against West Ham, in the third round of the English league.
The secret of West Ham for success was to give the initiative to the wolves and go out on the counter quickly, causing damage to the defensive organization of the most Portuguese team in England: Rui Patrício, João Moutinho, Rúben Neves, Pedro Neto , Rúben Vinagre, joined by debutant Nelson Semedo, and Vitinha and Fábio Silva were also used as substitutes.
West Ham opened the scoring in the 17th minute, by Jarrod Bowen, a result that reached the interval, very flattering for the wolves, due to the opportunities that the Londoners missed.
In the second half, West Ham was more effective and the result increased to 4-0, in a climb that started with Bowen’s encore in the 57th minute, followed by an own goal by Mexican striker Raul Jiménez, in the 66th, and a goal by French striker Sabastien Haller, at 90 + 3, who came in at 88 to surrender striker Michail António.
In the remaining games of this Sunday of the third round, the highlight was the tie conceded by Tottenham, by José Mourinho, in the final seconds of the match against Newcastle, who managed to draw through a penalty in the 90 + 7 minutes.
In London, still without the reinforcement Gareth Bale available, the ‘spurs’ put themselves at an advantage on 25 minutes, through the Brazilian Lucas Moura, precisely one of the Welsh’s competitors in the fight for a place in the eleven.
When everything was on the way for Mourinho’s team to add the second consecutive victory in the Premier League, referee Peter Bankes was alerted by the video referee (VAR) for a – very doubtful – infraction by Eric Dier inside the Tottenham area and ended up signaling the penalty with which Callum Wilson sealed the tie, at 90 + 7 minutes.
But the biggest surprise was Leicester’s 5-2 victory at Manchester City, highlighting striker Jamie Vardy’s hat-trick, helping the foxes rise to the top of the English league.
The home team, without João Cancelo and Bernardo Silva, both injured, opened the scoring after four minutes, through Algerian Riyad Mahrez, but Leicester responded at the end of the first half, with a penalty converted by Vardy, at 38 .
In the second half, the English international completed the hat-trick and the turnaround, with goals in the 54th and 58th minutes, the latter, again, from penalty, and James Maddison further extended the advantage, in the 77th, before the Dutchman Nathan Aké reduce to Pep Guardiola’s formation, at 84.
Leicester took another penalty after 88 minutes, and Belgian Youri Tielemans consummated the foxes’ third victory in the same number of matches, allowing them to climb to first place, with nine points, the same as Everton and two more than Arsenal and Liverpool, who face each other on Monday.
Manchester City, who came from a triumph over Wolverhampton, have not conceded five goals at home since February 2003, at the time in a 5-1 defeat by Arsenal.
Leeds, who had beaten Fulham in the previous round (4-3), added the second straight victory, against Sheffield United, and again by the minimum margin (1-0), thanks to striker Patrick Bamford’s late goal, 88 minutes.
The whites, who counted on the Portuguese international Hélder Costa among the starters, occupy the sixth place, with six points, while Sheffield United is the last placed, after having recorded the third defeat in the same number of matches.