Wolves 2-1 Basle: Premier League new boys kick off pre-season with victory over 20-time Swiss champions
- Ricky Van Wolfswinkel opened scoring for Basel just nine minutes into game
- Rafa Mir then scored equaliser with Wolves’ first real chance of the game
- Diogo Jota scored winner in second half, converting cross along six-yard box
Wolves kicked off their pre-season with an impressive victory over 20-time Swiss champions Basle.
The newly-promoted Premier League side are tipped by many to do well in the English top flight next season and gave credence to those calls in Biel’s Tissot Arena.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel had put the hosts in front just nine minutes into the game.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel opened the scoring early on but Wolves responded soon after
Rafa Mir celebrates bringing his side back on level terms at Tissot Arena in Biel
But Basle’s lead was shortlived as Rafa Mir equalised. The 21-year-old converted a corner after goalkeeper Jonas Omlin had misjudged the flight of the ball.
The Spaniard controlled his volley well, placing it into the roof of the net to bring his side on terms.
Nuno Espirito Santo opted for a completely different XI in both halves, with last year’s regulars coming into the fold for the second 45 minutes.
Diogo Jota (left) tucked in a simple finish to put his side ahead and Wolves held on for the win
As expected, the changes brought a more cohesive pattern to the play and Diogo Jota slotted what turned out to be the winner.
Matt Doherty managed to lose his marker before twisting inside and delivering a pinpoint pass along the six-yard box.
Jota was on hand to tuck in a simple finish as the travelling support belted out ‘Three Lions’ to complete an afternoon charged with optimism.
Nuno Espirito Santo will have been pleased with his side’s display in the first pre-season game