Southampton 0-1 Wolves: Raul Jimenez scores his first goal since suffering fractured skull

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Raul Jimenez scored the Wolves' last goal in October 2020 against Newcastle in a 1-1 draw.

Raul Jimenez scored his debut goal after suffering a life-threatening fractured skull.

The Mexico forward scored the match's only goal when he took a long ball forward and showed great skill to avoid two home defenders. He finished calmly past Alex McCarthy.

Southampton had previously had the chance to open the scoring, but Jose Sa, Wolves goalkeeper denied Adam Armstrong and Valentino Livramento as well as Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Jimenez's goal was his first for Wolves since Oct 2020. The Saints had a chance to equalize but Che Adams' shot was saved. Wolves won despite home pressure.

Southampton remains without a Premier League win this season, dropping to 16th. Wolves climb above them to 13th.

Jimenez, after his skull fracture, says it's a miracle that he's still here

Jimenez enjoys the long road to recovery

Jimenez scored after a long ball from Sa, and great work to evade defenders Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu. The 30-year-old was delighted and ran towards Wolves fans jumping high and shouting in delight.

After sustaining a serious injury in an accident clash of heads with David Luiz, it has taken him a long time to recover. This happened during Wolves' Premier League match against Arsenal in November 2020.

Jimenez had been given oxygen during the pitch and was then taken off to hospital. He had emergency surgery for a skull fracture and major traumatic brain injury.

Since then, he has revealed that it was a miracle to be back to playing football and he returned to pre-season action in July.

Jimenez now wears a protective helmet. He had played in all five of Wolves' league matches before scoring the goal that he wanted an hour into their victory at St Mary's.

McCarthy was able to deny McCarthy his chance of scoring his second goal in stoppage time. McCarthy had only one goalkeeper to beat.

Southampton are currently one of five Premier League sides that have not won this season. They have drawn four matches, lost twice, and have lost two.

They took more than 30 minutes to score a goal, but they finished the first half strong with Nathan Redmond scoring a goal that was ruled out as offside.

After Sa tested positive for Covid-19 in March, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl appointed Shane Long to his first league involvement of the year. However, the Republic of Ireland striker couldn't inspire an equaliser.

What's next?

Southampton will play Chelsea in the Premier League at 15:00 BST on Saturday. Wolves will be at home to Newcastle at the time.

Player of the Match Jimnez Ral Jimnez, with an average score of 8.47 Southampton Southampton Southampton

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers Southampton Avg Squad number 21 Player name Livramento Average rating 5.67 Squad number 1 Player name McCarthy Average rating 4.89 Squad number 9 Player name Armstrong Average rating 4.85 Squad number 22 Player name Salisu Average rating 4.80 Squad number 35 Player name Bednarek Average rating 4.66 Squad number 2 Player name Walker-Peters Average rating 4.64 Squad number 6 Player name Oriol Romeu Average rating 4.63 Squad number 24 Player name Elyounoussi Average rating 4.62 Squad number 10 Player name Adams Average rating 4.39 Squad number 19 Player name Djenepo Average rating 4.34 Squad number 11 Player name Redmond Average rating 4.27 Squad number 18 Player name Broja Average rating 4.23 Squad number 7 Player name Long Average rating 4.04 Squad number 8 Player name Ward-Prowse Average rating 3.96 Wolverhampton Wanderers Avg Squad number 9 Player name Jimnez Average rating 8.47 Squad number 1 Player name Jos S Average rating 7.94 Squad number 16 Player name Coady Average rating 7.31 Squad number 26 Player name Hwang Hee-Chan Average rating 7.11 Squad number 23 Player name Kilman Average rating 7.05 Squad number 32 Player name Dendoncker Average rating 6.96 Squad number 28 Player name Joo Moutinho Average rating 6.82 Squad number 27 Player name Sass Average rating 6.79 Squad number 22 Player name Nlson Semedo Average rating 6.71 Squad number 8 Player name Rben Neves Average rating 6.63 Squad number 2 Player name Hoever Average rating 6.61 Squad number 37 Player name Traor Average rating 6.59 Squad number 10 Player name Daniel Podence Average rating 6.34 Squad number 5 Player name Maral Average rating 6.04


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Southampton Formation 4-4-2 21 Livramento35 Bednarek 22 Salisu2 Walker-Peters24 Elyounoussi6 Romeu8 Ward-Prowse11 Redmond10 Adams9 Armstrong1 McCarthy

21 Livramento

35 Bednarek

22 Salisu

2 Walker-Peters Substituted at 74' Minutes

24 Elyounoussi

6 Romeu

8 Ward-Prowse

Djenepo Substituted by 11 Redmonds at 64' Minutes

Broja Substituted by 10 Adams at 64' Minutes

9 Armstrong Substitutes 4 Silveira Neves Vojnovic

7 Long

15 Perraud

18 Broja

19 Djenepo

23 Tella

27 Diallo

43 Valery

44 Forster Wolves Formation 3-4-3 1 Malheiro de S 23 Kilman 16 Coady 27 Sass 22 Nlson Semedo 28 Joo Moutinho 32 Dendoncker 5 Maral 10 Podence 9 Jimnez 26 Hwang Hee-Chan 1 Malheiro de S

23 Kilman

16 Coady

27 Sass

22 Nlson Semedo Substituted at 87' Minutes for Hoever

28 Joo Moutinho

32 Dendoncker

5 Maral

Traor substituted at 71' by 10 Podence

9 Jimnez

26 Hwang Shee-Chan Substituted at 88'minutes for Neves Substitutes 2 Hoever

8 Neves

11 Machado Trinco

13 Moulden

15 Boly

17 Fbio Silva

21 Ruddy

37 Traor

39 Cundle Referee: Andy Madley Attendance: 28,002 Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Southampton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Post update Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alex McCarthy conceded. Post-update: Attempt saved. Ral Jimnez (Wolverhampton Wanderers), right footed shot from six yards is saved in the lower left corner. Update: James Ward-Prowse from Southampton wins a free kick during the defensive half. Foul by Joo Moutinho, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Post update Valentino Livramento from Southampton wins a free kick at the right wing. Post update Foul by Maral (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rben Neves replaces Hwang Hee-Chan. Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nlson Semedo is replaced by Ki-Jana Hoever. Post update Corner, Southampton. Romain Sass has consented. Post update Attempt missed. Moussa Denepo (Southampton), right footed shot from left side box misses to right Jan Bednarek assisted. Post update Corner, Southampton. Romain Sass has consented to the transfer. Update: Attempt blocked. Shane Long (Southampton), left footed shot from centre of box blocked. Adam Armstrong assisted. Post update Attempt missed. Southampton's Adam Armstrong takes a right-footed shot from within the box, but it misses to his left. Mohammed Salisu assisted. Post update Foul by Adam Armstrong, Southampton Post update Ral Jameson (Wolverhampton Wanderers), wins a free kick at the defensive end. Armando Broja (Southampton) post update Hand ball Post update Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Shane Long conceded. Update Foul by Mohamed Elyounoussi, Southampton Page 1 of 5 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward