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Jota and Bonatini send Wolves to the top of Championship

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LONDON (Reuters) – Wolverhampton Wanderers moved to the top of the English Championship (second tier) with a 2-0 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and substitute Leo Bonatini. Jota, on loan from Atletico Madrid, opened the scoring with a left-footed strike in the 55th minute and Brazilian Bonatini completed the victory with an angled shot 16 minutes later. Wolves are now two points clear of second-placed Cardiff City, who were beaten 1-0 by Birmingham City on Friday. Sheffield United are third after Chris Basham’s close-range header gave them a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane on Saturday. Preston North End moved up to fifth despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Fulham. First-half goals from Jordan Hugill and Sean Maguire had put Preston on course for victory but Oliver Norwood cut the deficit with 16 minutes left and Denis Odoi scored a 96th-minute equaliser. Leeds United dropped to sixth after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Reading, with former Leeds loanee Modou Barrow scoring the winner. Bottom side Bolton Wanderers claimed their first win of the season by beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 thanks to Sammy Ameobi’s opener and a Sam Hutchinson own goal. Bolton are now on five points, six points from safety.

(Reporting by Matt Westby; Editing by Clare Fallon)
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