Nuno Espirito Santo’s side received a standing ovation from the home
supporters after their 1-1 draw with Premier League champions
They got within 21 minutes of a first top -light home win since
December 2011, when Steven Fletcher’s second-half double defeated
There was more than a hint of good fortune about Willy Boly’s opener,
which clearly went in off his hand.
However, there was nothing lucky about the first-half save goalkeeper
Rui Patricio made to turn Raheem Sterling’s long-range shot onto the
post, nor the reaction feet-first stop that kept out Sergio Aguero’s
close-range header after half-time.
Mind you, it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. Patricio has
73 Portugal caps and was in goal when they beat hosts France in
extra-time to win Euro 2016.
Patricio signed for Wolves from Sporting Lisbon this summer, thanks to
the influence of super agent Jorge Mendes, whose Gestifute agency is
part owned by the Fosun group.
Another Euro 2016 winner and summer arrival, Joao Moutinho, started
the game. Key men Helder Costa and Ruben Neves are also Mendes clients
from Portugal, as is their manager