VfL Wolfsburg's development squad made a dream start to this season's Premier League International Cup with a 4-0 win against Athletic Bilbao's U23 side. Two goals from Jesaja Herrmann (16', 39') and a penalty from Paul Seguin (45'+2) gave the Wolves a 3-0 lead at half-time in Aldershot, with Gian-Luca Itter adding a fourth goal in second-half stoppage time. The competition continues for the Green-Whites on Monday 3 December against Tottenham Hotspur U23s.
The only disappointment during an otherwise successful outing in England came before kick-off. Centre-back Jeffrey Bruma, one of six first-teamers in the squad, picked up an injury during the warm-up and was replaced in the starting line-up by Dominik Franke.
"I'm very pleased"
VfL coach Ton Lokhoff: "Obviously a 4-0 win is very pleasing. You never know beforehand what to expect. The team only came together on Monday and have clicked straight away after two training sessions. When you have a mix of players from the first team, U23s and U19s, you have to look at how it all fits together. I told the players they had to play as a team and they did that. We defended well against a good side and scored four goals, so I'm very pleased."
Athletic Bilbao: Etxebarria – Areso, Murua, Vivian, Rojo – Zarrag, San Bartouye (Cordoba 67'), Salado (Vencedor 45') – Hunoz, Villalibe (Benito 47'), Vicente
VfL Wolfsburg: Menzel – Jung, Tisserand, Franke (Siersleben 82'), Itter – Seguin – Badu, Conde, Möker (Saglam 52'), Yeboah Zamora (Abdijanovic 70') – Herrmann
Goals: 1-0 Herrmann (16'), 2-0 Herrmann (39'), 3-0 Seguin (45'+2 pen), 4-0 Itter (90'+3)
Yellow cards: Vicente / Tisserand, Seguin
Red cards: Benito (80')
Referee: Sam Allison