Jimenez scores his first goal since breaking his skull in the Wolves’ victory in Southampton – sport news

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Raul Jimenez scored his first goal since sustaining a life-threatening fractured skull in the Wolves’ victory in Southampton.

The Mexican striker scored the only goal of the game collecting a long ball forward, showed great dexterity at dodging two home defenders and calmly pulled past Alex McCarthy.

Southampton previously had top scorer chances but Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa failed to face Adam Armstrong, Valentino Livramento and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

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After Jimenez’s goal, his first for Wolves since October 2020, the Saints had a chance to equalize but Che Adams’s shot was saved and despite the late home pressure, the Wolves held on to victory.

Southampton remains without a Premier League win this season, dropping to 16th place while Wolves move up to 13th place.

Jimenez joy after long recovery
After Jimenez scored a goal after a long ball from Sa and an excellent job of getting away from defenders Jan Bednarek and Mohammed Salisu, the 30-year-old’s joy as he ran up to the Wolves fans was clear Air leapt and screamed joy.

It has been a long recovery path after suffering a serious injury following an accidental collision with David Luiz during the Wolves’ Premier League game against Arsenal in November 2020.

Jimenez had been given oxygen on the field before being carried away on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for a serious traumatic brain injury and a fractured skull.

He has since revealed that it was “a miracle” to return to football and returned to the game in July of the preseason.

Jimenez, now required to wear protective headgear, had played every minute of the Wolves’ last five league games before scoring the desired goal an hour after their victory at St. Mary’s.

He had a chance for second place in added time but was denied by McCarthy as only the goalkeeper could be beaten.

Southampton have now drawn four games and lost twice and are one of only five teams not to have lost a Premier League win this season.

It took them more than half an hour to shoot on goal, but they finished the first half strong as Nathan Redmond ruled out a goal for offside.

With Sa growing whatever got in his way, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl brought in Shane Long for his first league engagement of the season after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, but the Republic of Ireland striker couldn’t compensate.

What’s next?
Southampton will play for Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday (3:00 p.m. BST) while the Wolves are also at home against Newcastle.

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