Europa: Substitute Jota scores 11-minute hat trick in Wolves victory
Wolves were denied top spot in their Europa League group, despite substitute Diogo Jota’s 11-minute hat-trick inspiring victory over Besiktas.
After a drab first half, Jota came on as a 56th-minute substitute and headed in 72 seconds later to lift Molineux.
He added a second six minutes later, reacting sharply to turn in when Leander Dendoncker’s shot hit the post before the Belgian headed in a third.
Jota fired in a fourth but Braga won 4-2 at Slovan Bratislava to top Group K.
The Portuguese side, who would not have topped the group if they failed to win after Wolves took control against Besiktas, were trailing 2-1 after 70 minutes before turning the match back in their favour.
Wolves were already assured of progressing whatever happened in the final round of group matches and go into Monday’s draw for the knockout stage as one of the 12 runners-up.