Review: Wolves U23 2-2 Liverpool U23

Liverpool have progressed into the quarter-final of the Premier League International Cup after coming from two goals behind to draw 2-2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Bruno Jordao broke the deadlock on 13 minutes with a venomous half-volley and Wolves looked set for a comfortable win when Renat Dadashov doubled their advantage after the break.

Joe Hardy reduced the deficit with an unerring finish moments later and Harvey Elliott levelled the affair with a stupendous overhead kick in the 54th minute.

Organization & Efficiency Key to Wolves’ Half-Time Lead

Wolves played in a compact and organized fashion during the first half, especially after taking the lead through Bruno Jordao in the 13th minute. Morgan Gibbs-White dictated play in the heart of midfield and was the creative source for the hosts.

He sprayed a stupendous ball out to Raphael Nya on the right channel and his cross deflected fortuitously to Jordao just outside the penalty area.

The Portugal Under-21 international struck a venomous half-volley into the far bottom corner and left Caoimhin Kelleher clutching thin air.

The two wing-backs for Wolves had initially contributed heavily in counter-attacks but they often reverted to a back-five rather than a back-three to stifle the threat of wingers Liam Millar and Harvey Elliott.

Liverpool dominated possession and used a successful offside trap to thwart Wolves’ counter-attacks but they simply struggled to create enough effective opportunities.

They showed brighter signs in the latter stages of the first half. Liam Millar stabbed Neco Williams’ cross narrowly wide and Joe Hardy and Leighton Clarkson also forced Andreas Sondergaard into action with separate efforts.

Liverpool Valiant with Miraculous Comeback

Wolves had seemingly ended the game as a contest when Renat Dadashov doubled their lead two minutes into the second half.

Sondergaard launched a counter-attack with an extraordinarily long throw to enable Gibbs-White to break into the final third. He timed and weighed his pass to perfection for Dadashov, who sat Hoever down with a stutter, before calmly stroking his finish past Kelleher.

Liverpool responded on 52 minutes when Jake Cain tucked a neat finish past Sondergaard at his near post. They maintained the momentum and Elliott conjured up a moment of genius to acrobatically hook Cain’s corner into the far bottom corner.

The Reds could’ve taken the win in the closing 30 minutes with Williams and Leighton Clarkson having chances from range. But perhaps the biggest chance came from Wolves when Dion Sanderson headed Gibbs-White’s cross over from point-blank range.

Starting Line-Ups

Wolves: Sondergaard, Nya, Sanderson, Otasowie, Richards, Bueno, Cundle (Francis 81′), Gibbs-White (Hanne 90 +4′), Dadashov, Jordao, Campbell (Perry 67′). Subs: Taylor, Young, Francis, Wan, Perry, Hanne.

Liverpool: Kelleher, Williams, Larouci (Lewis 22′), Hoever, Van Den Berg, Chirivella, Elliott, Clarkson, Hardy, Cain, Millar. Subs: Lewis, Winterbottom, Boyes, Dixon-Bonner, Gallacher, Bearne, Varesanovic.

Attendance: 4,394


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