African players abroad Iwobi scores first Fulham goal in victory against Wolves

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was among the goals as Fulham came out on the right side of a five-goal thriller against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on Monday night.

The Cottagers led on three occasions, firstly when Iwobi swept home early on, though that was soon cancelled out by Matheus Cunha. The remaining goals were all spot-kicks. Willian was first to convert after the excellent Tom Cairney was fouled, but Wanderers fought back after Hee Chang Hwang won and converted a penalty of his own.

The drama wasn’t over, with VAR clocking that Harry Wilson was fouled in stoppage time, and Willian showing incredible steel to net his second penalty of the night to secure an important victory for his side. Marco Silva made two changes to the side that were beaten at Villa Park prior to the international break.

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The enforced one saw Harrison Reed come in for the suspended João Palhinha, while Cairney was preferred to Bobby De Cordova-Reid, in a switch that saw Iwobi move out to the right-hand side. Playing as a winger did not stop Iwobi from drifting inside, though, and on seven minutes he had Fulham in front, converting Antonee Robinson’s centre – a second assist in as many games from Jedi.

Iwobi turned provider a minute later when his volley across the face picked out Raúl Jiménez, but Jose Sa in the Wolves goal denied his former teammate. Sa was called into action again from the following corner as Fulham maintained their electric start to proceedings, getting his body behind Cairney’s firm strike from 20 yards at the end of a smart training ground routine.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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