Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez was on target for Mexico in the early hours of this morning.

The nation took on El Salvador in a World Cup qualifying match, with El Tri running out 2-0 winners to remain top of their group.

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Monterrey centre-back Hector Moreno gave them the lead after half an hour, heading in Jesus Corona’s cross.

The game ought to have been more comfortable for Mexico, especially after Mario Jacobo was sent off for the hosts.

But Mexico’s Nestor Araujo was then dismissed to even things up.

Despite that, El Salvador didn’t really threaten.

As the game began to peter out, Wolves star Jimenez – who actually started on the bench – stepped up to the plate to ensure Mexico would definitely be taking all three points.

In injury time he collected the ball near the halfway line and surged down the right wing before coming inside.

The defender was forced to make a sliding challenge to stop him from getting a shot off, and failed to get any of the ball.

 

Jimenez then picked himself up to convert the penalty in extremely cool fashion, rolling the ball to the opposite side to which the goalkeeper dived.

The strike was Jimenez’s 25th for his country, and came 11 months on from his last in a friendly game against Japan.

More encouraging signs from Jimenez

Wolves fans should definitely be feeling very encouraged by Jimenez’s progress.

He is very much looking like he’s on the way back to the levels he was showing pre-injury.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

He had no right to get to the penalty area to win that spot-kick.

Better opposition might have stopped him in his tracks earlier.

Nevertheless, it was a very impressive piece of play, and a boost for Wolves that he has scored another goal.

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