Wolves ask for Olympiakos Europa League match to be postponed

Wolves ask for Olympiakos Europa League match to be postponed

Wolves had lobbied UEFA to postpone the game after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis announced he had tested positive for cornoavirus on Tuesday.

In more normal times, the goal would have given Wolves an excellent platform to try to move into quarter-finals of the Europa League by beating Olympiacos at Molineux next week - yet these are not normal times.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo refused to blame outside circumstances after Wolves struggled during their 1-1 draw against 10-man Olympiacos in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie.

The second leg is scheduled to take place in a week's time, but with coronavirus continuing to affect the footballing calendar this is subject to change.

"We understand the club is taking the appropriate steps to mitigate risk in line with relevant guidance provided by the health authorities".

"You play a game of football and you realise what's happening worldwide".

"We've seen the game postponed between Manchester City and Arsenal but as players there's not a lot we can do".

This will probably come as a blow to Wolves following the club's official statement that they had a case for a postponement.

Wolves skipper Conor Coady admitted their draw at Olympiacos was odd, but praised the team for remaining professional.

Both sides were slow on the ball and looked as if they had very little to play for, despite the game being a knockout match in the Europa League.

Wolves damaged at speed down the left, as well as Semedo awkwardly lowered Diogo Jota on the side of package, triggering umpire Clement Turpin to reveal the red card.

After the break, Olympiacos took a shock lead.

As Ruben Vinagre and Joao Moutinho switched off, Guilherme powered into the box and his cut-back eluded goalkeeper Rui Patricio, allowing El Arabi to tap in at the far post, and several players and staff from the Olympiacos bench ran on to the pitch to congratulate him.

Nine minutes into the second half El Arabi scored before Wolves levelled after 67 minutes through Neto's 25-yard low drive. The 20-year-old then went closest to grabbing the Wanderers a victor when he cut inside and fired a shot straight at the keeper.

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