Wolverhampton Wanderers’ first Europa League fixture of this season at Molineux ended in disappointment for the hosts as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Braga.

Ricardo Horta’s 71st minute goal was the difference between the two sides as the attacker netted his fifth goal of this campaign.

Nuno Espírito Santo has a lot of Portuguese players at his disposal, with the most celebrated being Rúben Neves. The midfielder played alongside Horta for the Portugal U21s and they’ve shared a very good friendship since then.

Prior to the midweek European fixture, the Wolves star spoke of his hopes and confidence ahead of the match, looking to get one over on his friend.

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Things didn’t go as per the plan for Neves and after the tie, journalists questioned Horta about the comments made by his compatriot before the match. 

“We were together in the anti-doping control. I didn’t speak to him about this or give it back in return,” Horta said, as quoted by Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

“We are great friends. Everyone knows that he is a great player, but he is also an excellent friend. We greeted each other normally. He is sadder this time, but we remain friends and I wish him good luck for the rest of the season.”           

Apart from when Wolves face Braga again, that is.