As it happened: Horta silences Wolves with second half winner
Ricardo Horta celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group K football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sporting Braga (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

As it happened: Horta silences Wolves with second half winner

Follow live updates from Molineux as Wolves host Braga in their first game of Group K. Kick off at 20:00 GMT on Thursday, September 19.

Will Laing


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Braga's red Horta man
Winger Ricardo Horta has now scored four in his last five outings for Braga after clinching tonight's winner. The 25 year old is looking seriously dangerous in front of goal.

Despite Braga's horrendous start in the Primeira Liga, they will be hoping Horta can help them push and fight to break into the so called Portuguese 'Big Three'.

Nuno's men struggling?
The lads in amber and black have now failed to win in any of their five Premier League games so far this season and now they have lost a crucial home tie in the Europa League. Surely last year can't have been a fluke, can it?

The Midlands side travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday in an attempt to kick start their season.

FT: The winning run continues for Braga... well at least on the opening day of Europa League group stages it does.

They can fly home to Portugal with a well deserved three points.

90+7' Boly puts an end to Wolves' chances by putting a reckless aerial challenge on Paulinho and gets booked for it. This surely will be Braga's chance to wrap the game once and for all.
90+5' Cutrone yet again can't get his shot on target following another successful turn towards goal.

He could have won the game alone tonight.

90+3' Wolves are throwing everything at this but Jimenez just couldn't throw his right boot at that loose ball 10 yards from goal. Instead the Mexican forward just turns the ball in the general direction of the goal with very little danger.
90+2' Neves looked as if he was eyeing up a heroic last minute wonder goal for a moment. It wasn't meant to be as his effort is pushed wide of the right post and out for a corner.

Wolves will push on.

90' The officials have added six minutes added time.

This could get nervy.

90' Palhinha is the latest name in the book.
88' Wolves are really running out of time now as Moutinho stands over a free kick around 35 yards from goal.
88' Goalscorer Ricardo Horta is the last to make way, Costa comes on in his place.
86' Joao Novais replaces Andre Horta.

Galeno is replaced by Trincao .

Sa Pinto is looking to wrap this game up now and claim a valuable three points.

82' Boly runs out to a loose ball and thunders an effort at the Braga goal from 30 yards. Matheus makes the save and the danger is averted. 
82' The home side make their final change as Doherty makes way for Adama Traore.
78' As we approach the final ten minutes Matheus is booked for a clear attempt at time wasting. Something tells me this could be a frequent part of Braga's game plan until the final whistle now.
76' Diogo Jota now takes the place of Dendoncker.
71' Ricardo Horta gets the opener! This man has been on fire but this one has been handed to him on a silver platter.

Galeano bounded forward down the left wing and picked out Horta on the opposite side. Wolves were outnumbered and Horta found the back of the net via the bottom right corner.

68' Cutrone is left frustrated by the lack of service from Dendoncker. The Belgian fails to find the forward and the ball was comfortably retrieved by Braga.
64' A mix up at the back forces Braga defenders to concede another corner for Ryan Bennett to launch into the box.

The Braga back four will be glad at the end of the game to never have to see Bennett's ball drying towel again. 

59' Play resumes as Magalhaes drags himself to his feet adamant he can play on.

The substitute goalkeeper returns to his seat on the bench as Magalhaes touches his toes in attempt to prove his hamstring is intact.

57' Magalhaes who just made that great save is now down holding what appears to be his hamstring and in a fair bit of pain. The club physios have rushed on, it really isn't looking good for him.
51' Well they didn't need a final ball that time. Neves attempted a shot completely missed the ball, the ball trundled on past him to an off balance Dendocker who managed to get his shot away.

His shot cannoned off the shin of Braga keeper, Matheus Magalhaes.

51' Wolves could easily be three or four in front if they could produce a quality final ball. It just isn't happening for them out there tonight.
46' It's Braga who get the first chance! Ricardo Horta manages to shrug off his man and strike an effort at goal on the turn. Unfortunately for Braga the shot is straight at Patricio.
46' Cutrone gets the ball moving for the second half.

Will we see either side break the deadlock?

Wolves having the better of the chances so far but not without the threats of Braga. The travelling side have had a penalty turned down and are looking potentially dangerous when attacking down the left hand side.
45+1' Referee Jakob Kehlet blows for half time.
45' The referee confirms that there will be one minute of added time.
44' Matt Doherty part of it again slipping a ball through to Cutrone. The new number ten is looking sharp but pulls his shot just wide of the left post.
39' Some wonderful interplay from Doherty down the right hand side, linking up with multiple players as he glided towards the Braga goal.

The elegance was met brutally by an on rushing defender who simply put an end to the attack with an effective hoofed clearance.

34' The game took a brief break to allow for a quick game of head tennis on the edge of Braga's box. Once play resumed Gibbs-White fired a ball across the goal from the left hand side - missing all intended targets.
31' Ricardo Sa Pinto is getting heated on the touchline, clearly believing his side should have got themselves a penalty.

Galeno rounded his man, Coady, but threw himself to the floor theatrically and was denied his penalty appeal.

Corner Braga
29' Boly takes absolutely no chances and knocks the ball out into the crowd and for a corner on the right hand side. The resulting attack doesn't lead to anything more than a sliced cross from the opposite side that goes out for a goal kick.
23' Yet another stunning ball in from Jimenez narrowly misses the awaiting forwards in the box.
22' Wolves respond with an attack of their own. Raul Jimenez puts an outside of the foot cross on a plate for Cutrone who turns his man and fires over.
20' There is some very promising play coming from Braga. Ricardo Horta appears to be at the centre of most things positive for the Portuguese visitors. The winger is providing numerous crosses into the Wolves area, we'll see how long the Wolves defence can put up with this.
15' New man Patrick Cutrone attempts to get on the end of a hopeful long ball, and for a very brief moment the majority of the home support believed he brought it under his control.

There was no such luck and it comfortably ended up in the safety of the keeper's arms. 

12' A Wolves free kick is headed clear by the Braga defence but the loose ball drops perfectly to Ruben Neves who sets himself for a volley.

It was a speculative effort but the dipping shot only just cleared the cross bar.

7' There we are, it hasn't taken long for the hosts to take hold of the ball and start to control the flow of this game.
4' The away side have come out looking to attack straight away. Wolves are instantly being put on the back foot and having to defend.
1' Braga have got us underway.
The teams are out and shaking hands under the lights in Molineux.
Braga Line Up
Starting XI: Magalhaes, Esgaio, Viana, Santos, Sequeira, Fransergio, Palhinha, A. Horta, R. Horta, Paulinho, Galeno.

Subs: Claudemir, Kouka, Diogo Viana, Novais, Souza, Trincao, Eduardo.

Wolves Line-Up
Braga man to watch
Join me around an hour before kick off at 19:00 GMT for all the latest line ups and team news from both sides.
Player to watch
Mexican talisman Raúl Jimenez has been on fire in Europe this season. The target man has bagged a goal a game racking up a tally of six, just two managed to top him in the qualifiers.

It can only be expected that if Wolves get a goal tonight it will be him that will grab it.

No first day nerves for Braga
Although Braga haven't been the most impressive side in Europe in recent times - winning just three times in the Europe League group stages.

Interestingly all three of those wins came on the opening match day.

Ricardo's shaky European record
Visiting manager Ricardo Sá Pinto hasn't had the most desirable history in the Europa League. He has overseen just one victory in his last eight group games, incredibly failing to score in seven of those eight.
Feeling at home in Europe
Following a remarkable first season back in the Premier League, Wolves have barely broken stride when it comes to the Europa League.

The Midlands side have won all six of their matches in Europe and will intend to make it seven tonight.

Familiar Faces
With so many Portuguese connections at Wolves, it may not come as a surprise to know that there will be many familiar friends and foes of the past out there tonight.

None more so than for manager Nuno Espirito Santo. The Portuguese born ex-Porto boss has faced SC Braga nine times in his managerial career, losing just once (W4, D4).

Prolific against the Portuguese
Despite these two teams never facing each other in a competitive fixture. Wolves head in to tonight's game at Molineux in fine form against Portuguese sides.

In five of their last six meetings against a team from Portugal, Wolves have come away with a win losing just once. Granted, these games also took place over 40 years ago.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Wolves vs SC Braga in the UEFA Europa League. I'm Will Laing and I'll be taking you through today's game which is set to kick off at 20:00 GMT.