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Daniel Podence earns Eden Hazard comparison after winning stunning winner for Wolves against Leicester, as fans celebrate Pedro Neto’s return


Daniel Podence received praise from Darren Bent after scoring a stunning winner for Wolves in a 2-1 win over Midlands rivals Leicester.

The Portuguese star has been compared to former Chelsea hero Eden Hazard by the ex-Tottenham man, who applauded the quality of the goal which helped Wanderers continue their quest for a place in European football.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

Podence picked the perfect time to mark their first Premier League of the season

The result was significant for both parties, but for very different reasons.

For Wolves, the three points continue their excellent form having now won five of the last six in the Premier League.

Victory leaves them in seventh place and within six points of Manchester United in fourth, and just two points behind West Ham in fifth, with two games less on both clubs.

It does, however, continue Leicester’s terrible form in the league – they haven’t recorded a win since beating Liverpool on December 28.

Pressure is also mounting on Brendan Rodgers whose side remain 11th in the table.

However, they could feel a sense of unfairness after dominating long stretches of the second half before Podence restored Wolves’ lead.


Daniel Podence earns Eden Hazard comparison after winning stunning winner for Wolves against Leicester, as fans celebrate Pedro Neto’s return

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It was a fantastic strike from Podence, and the right one to win the game

However, while Podence’s goal was met with a roar from the home crowd, the biggest cheer of the night went to returning star Pedro Neto.

The Portuguese winger was back in the matchday squad for the first time in ten months after breaking his kneecap last season, and received a superb welcome from Wolves supporters when he replaced Podence at the 81st minute.

As for the game, it was a game that showed two high quality moments from the hosts.

The opener, from Ruben Neves, was a trademark strike after he curled the ball beautifully into the bottom right corner from 20 yards out after Raul Jimenez knocked the ball down his path.

Daniel Podence earns Eden Hazard comparison after winning stunning winner for Wolves against Leicester, as fans celebrate Pedro Neto’s return

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Neves is a master of long-range goals and scored another against the Foxes

Leicester however, fought back when Ademola Lookman tapped in from close range, after Marc Albrighton cut the ball from the right channel.

The former FA Cup holders had the chance to turn things around in the second half, but they couldn’t, and their day would end in misery thanks to Podence.

Reacting to the goal, Bent praised him and went on to say he had similarities to the Belgian.

“What a great shot from Podence,” he said.

“Podence reminds me of Hazard.”

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