Wolves played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Braga in the Europa League on Thursday night, but large sections of their travelling support were denied access to the stadium.

It's thought some 6,000 fans made the journey to Portugal in anticipation of Nuno Espirito Santo's side grabbing that all-important point needed to progress into the knockout stages of the competition.

Matt Doherty

In a dramatic game, the ​Premier League side went behind early but goals from Raúl Jiménez, Matt Doherty and Adama Traore put them in the ascendency at the break.

But, as an enthralling first-half of football came to a close, empty seats were clearly visible in the away section of the ground, despite the vast number of fans who had made the trip from the Midlands.

It has emerged that many supporters were allegedly kept from entering the ground and wouldn't have witnessed the drama unfolding on the pitch.

Wolves fan Dave Johnson posted footage on Twitter that shows supporters being denied access to the Braga Municipal Stadium and fans guarded by police, long after the game was underway.

According to the ​Birmingham Mail, it is also alleged that Portuguese police used batons to keep the Midlanders at bay and a police barricade stopped fans from accessing the stadium.

​The Express and Star in Wolverhampton add that ​Wolves fans on social media claim the Portuguese police were only admitting a couple of supporters at a time into the ground.

Those made to wait also reportedly had items confiscated from them, food, drink and even umbrellas, in spite of the rain lashing down.

Some fans even revealed that they had missed the action in spite of arriving more than an hour earlier than the scheduled kick-off time.

Joao Moutinho

Events on the pitch were just as striking as those off it. Wolves were unable to hold on to all three points as the home side battled their way back with two second-half goals to earn a draw.

However, a point guarantees passage into the next round for Wolves and another Europa League away day awaits their fans. 

But there is plenty of football to play between now and then, next up for Nuno's men is a return to Premier League action with the visit of Sheffield United to Molineaux on Sunday.