February 21, 2018 / 10:33 PM / 7 months ago

Last-gasp goal slows Wolves' march towards promotion

LONDON (Reuters) - A 93rd-minute equaliser by Norwich City’s Nelson Oliveira interrupted Wolverhampton Wanderers’ march towards the Premier League as the runaway leaders were held to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, allowing Cardiff City to narrow the still sizeable gap at the top.

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Norwich City - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - February 21, 2018 Norwich City's Nelson Oliveira scores their second goal Action Images/Carl Recine

An early goal by top scorer Diogo Jota put the Championship leaders on course for their 23rd victory of an impressive season, and Alfred N’Diaye doubled their lead on 25 minutes.

But just two minutes later Norwich clawed their way back into contention through Christoph Zimmermann.

Wolves still looked on course for the three points until Oliveira struck an equaliser deep into stoppage time, as Norwich became only the sixth team to take points off the leaders at Molineux this season.

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Norwich City - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - February 21, 2018 Norwich City's Nelson Oliveira celebrates at the end of the match with Christoph Zimmermann Action Images/Carl Recine

Wolves are still a healthy nine points clear of second-placed Cardiff City, who won 1-0 at Ipswich Town, and have a 13-point cushion over those in the playoff spots.

Bristol City and Fulham, who are both in playoff positions, drew 1-1 at Ashton Gate but failed to make ground on fourth-placed Derby County, who drew 2-2 at home to Leeds United.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, on loan from Premier League side Newcastle United, put in-form Fulham in front in Bristol, but Bobby Reid equalised for the home side before halftime — his 16th league goal of the season.

Derby had to rely on equalisers in injury-time at the end of each half for their point against Leeds — Andreas Weimann and Kasey Palmer cancelling out goals from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Ezgjan Alioski.

Derby are a point behind Aston Villa, who are four points adrift of Cardiff, in the second automatic promotion spot.

Reporting by Neville Dalton; Editing by Toby Davis

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