EPL: Jimenez Strikes When Wolves Sink Southampton | Football news

SOUTHAMPTON (Great Britain): Raul Jimenez has scored an emotional first goal since suffering a terrible head injury in the Wolves 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday in November.
Jimenez feared he would never play again after breaking his skull in a clash with David Luiz at Arsenal last fall.
The Mexican striker didn’t return to the game until the beginning of this season and did not score in his first five games.
Jimenez had shown signs of frustration with the supportive headband he is now wearing to protect himself, and even angrily removed it after missing a header chance against Brentford last weekend.
However, the 30-year-old had a cathartic moment when his second-half goal fired Bruno Lage’s men to their second Premier League win this season.
Jimenez has never played six Premier League games without a goal since arriving at Molineux in 2018.
In the 61st minute he danced through the Southampton defense, twice escaping Jan Bednarek and leaving Mohammed Salisu confused on the lawn before calmly pulling past Alex McCarthy.
The end of Jimenez’s 336-day wait to score a goal sparked a joyous celebration among his teammates.
He was also hugged by the club’s traveling fans in a corner of St. Mary’s after the final whistle.
The uplifting scenes that welcomed Jimenez’s crucial contribution contrasted sharply with the mood among Southampton supporters.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team remained without a win after six league games and was whistled full-time.
The result could have been even worse for the listless Southampton if McCarthy Jimenez had not denied a second goal with a nice save in stoppage time.