First Team

Debuts for Baku and Pongracic

Two VfL players made their international bows, while another two scored.

The majority of Wolves players made a winning start to the latest international break on Wednesday. Ridle Baku and Marin Pongracic were handed their first appearances for their respective senior national teams, while Josip Brekalo and Admir Mehmedi managed to get on the scoresheet in friendlies.

Baku impresses on Germany debut

VfL summer signing Baku celebrated his international debut for Germany in a friendly against the Czech Republic. The defender played the full 90 minutes of the 1-0 win in Leipzig, producing a good performance in the process.

Debut for Pongracic, Brekalo stars for Croatia

Wolves centre-back Pongracic was handed his first appearance for the Croatia national team. The 23-year-old joined VfL team-mate Brekalo in the starting line-up as the 2018 World Cup finalists drew 3-3 with Turkey in Istanbul. Both players were taken off before the hour mark, but not before Brekalo had registered an assist and a goal to put his team 3-2 ahead in the 56th minute.

Mehmedi on target in Switzerland defeat

VfL attacker Admir Mehmedi also enjoyed some personal success despite Switzerland’s 2-1 defeat in Belgium. The 29-year-old scored in the 12th minute to give the “Nati” a narrow half-time lead before being replaced by VfL colleague Renato Steffen for the second half. Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was preferred to Wolves shot-stopper Koen Casteels for Belgium, who fought back to win the game 2-1.

Clean sheet for Pervan

Pavao Pervan played the full 90 minutes as Austria beat Luxembourg 3-0 away from home in a friendly, keeping a clean sheet in the process.