Hunt and Bendtner lead Wolfsburg to victory


Substitutes Aaron Hunt and Nicklas Bendtner scored two apiece to inspire Wolfsburg to victory over Europa League Group F opponents FC Krasnodar. The Bundesliga side were locked at 0-0 with their Russian opponents at half-time, but Hunt made the difference as he netted twice within 12 minutes of his arrival. Wanderson gave the away side a glimmer of hope after 72 minutes but Joshua Guilavogui restored the two-goal cushion and Bendtner snatched a late brace to make it 5-1. After a series of early Wolfsburg corners came to nothing, it was Krasnodar who had looked most dangerous. Wanderson and Ricardo Laborde both missed the target in quick succession and Andreas Granqvist should have done better than head over an 11th-minute corner. But it was not until the 22nd minute that a save needed to be made – Diego Benaglio on hand to deny Odil Ahmedov. Benaglio was required again to keep Wanderson out but opposite number Andrei Dykan was quiet in the lead-up to half-time, left to watch Josuha Guilavogu and Ivan Perisic fire Wolfsburg's remaining chances wide. Hunt then came on for Perisic at the break and within two minutes changed the tenor of the game. He leapt to meet a Christian Trasch cross from the right and connected sweetly enough to beat Dykan. The same pair combined equally fruitfully in the 57th minute, Trasch arcing a ball over the Krasnodar backline and into the path of Hunt. After a touch to control it he produced a measured finish to make it 2-0. Wanderson ended Benaglio's resistance when he turned Robin Knoche and netted from 12 yards but any hope that gave Krasnodar lasted just over 60 seconds. That is how long it took for Kevin du Bruyne to lay on a simple far-post finish for Guilavogui and make it 3-1 to the hosts. Former Arsenal striker Bendtner was on hand to turn a win into a thrashing, converting an 89th-minute penalty when Hunt was fouled by Granqvist, then curling home left-footed in added time.