England Matheus Cunha’s penalty hands Wolves FA Cup win against Brentford

Matheus Cunha fired home from the penalty spot to set up a Black Country derby with West Bromwich Albion, shading a five-goal FA Cup classic Wolves’ way against Brentford.

Behind to a goal from Nathan Collins on his return to Molineux, Wolves responded before the interval as Nelson Semedo turned home Cunha’s cross for the second time of asking.

The Bees regained the advantage swiftly after the break when Neal Maupay swept home, only to see the offside momentarily deny him, but after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was given. Next up was academy graduate Nathan Fraser, and what a moment, as he drilled home to take the cup tie to extra time.

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The decisive goal arrived at the end of the first additional 15 minutes. Pedro Neto, lively again off the bench, was tripped in the area and Cunha showed composure to fire home the winner and set up a hotly anticipated trip across the West Midlands the weekend after next.

Much of the early possession belonged to the hosts, patiently trying to break down Brentford, who they were facing for the third time in 21 days, but Pablo Sarabia’s shot from distance, which was easily collected by Thomas Strakosha, was all they had to show in terms of goal attempts.

Instead, the visitors took the initiative when Kristoffer Ajer’s shot was saved by Jose Sa, and former Old Gold defender Collins turned home at the back post. VAR momentarily checked for an offside in the build-up, but the decision was that the goal would stand.

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 en.Africatopsports.com.

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