Article posted on 14 January 2019 at 5:41pm

Wolves fly the flag for England

Wolverhampton Wanderers won the European Cup tonight against AS Monaco, giving an English side the trophy for the first time in almost ten seasons. It also gives them a country treble as they have already claimed the English league title.

AS Monaco, who won the tournament a few seasons ago, almost took the tie to extra time but Karl Rose' late header proved to be the difference. It all started so well for Monaco too as they caught Wolves sleeping in the first few seconds - Francesco Bossa was allowed a free run through the middle and slotted easily past the static Bruce Grobbelaar in goal for Wolves.

Wolves then switched on for a prolonged spell of pressure which paid dividends in the 22nd minute with a goalmouth scramble enabling full back James Holland to poke it home after a couple of great defensive blocks - the latter block also giving Roy Clarke a close shave with the goalpost!

Monaco came back into the game after that but neither side could break the deadlock until the final minutes. Laurent Lafourcade had the best chance to grab a goal for Monaco but Grobbelaar made up for his earlier daydreaming with an outstretched arm to tip the ball round the post.

Overall, Wolverhampton Wanderers probably shaded it and took the trophy.

Both teams should be back in the tournament next season, though Monaco probably need to win their final league game of the season.

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