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Jota and Bonatini send Wolves to the top of English Championship

Reuters
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78   //    15 Oct 2017, 08:48 IST
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 14, 2017 Wolves' Romain Saiss heads at goal Action Images/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 14, 2017 Wolves' Romain Saiss heads at goal Action Images/Craig Brough

LONDON (Reuters) - Wolverhampton Wanderers moved to the top of the English Championship (second tier) with a 2-0 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and substitute Leo Bonatini.

Jota, on loan from Atletico Madrid, opened the scoring with a left-footed strike in the 55th minute and Brazilian Bonatini completed the victory with an angled shot 16 minutes later.

Wolves are now two points clear of second-placed Cardiff City, who were beaten 1-0 by Birmingham City on Friday.

Sheffield United are third after Chris Basham’s close-range header gave them a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Preston North End moved up to fifth despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Fulham. First-half goals from Jordan Hugill and Sean Maguire had put Preston on course for victory but Oliver Norwood cut the deficit with 16 minutes left and Denis Odoi scored a 96th-minute equaliser.

Leeds United dropped to sixth after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Reading, with former Leeds loanee Modou Barrow scoring the winner.

Bottom side Bolton Wanderers claimed their first win of the season by beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 thanks to Sammy Ameobi’s opener and a Sam Hutchinson own goal. Bolton are now on five points, six points from safety.

(Reporting by Matt Westby; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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