Wolfsburg - VfL Wolfsburg took a big step towards the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League with a 5-1 victory against FK Krasnodar in an entertaining contest at the Volkswagen Arena.

Dieter Hecking’s charges had Diego Benaglio to thank for keeping the score at 0-0 going into half-time, but a brace from substitute Aaron Hunt put the Wolves 2-0 ahead with just under an hour played. Wanderson pulled a goal back for the visitors, but further goals from Josuha Guilavogui and Nicklas Bendtner (2) added gloss to the scoreline.

Wolves ride their luck


In an end-to-end first half, Wolfsburg were lucky not to go behind when Odil Akhmedov fired straight at Benaglio, who did well to hold onto the 26-year-old’s powerful effort from the edge of the penalty area. The Swiss international keeper then had to be at full stretch to keep out Wanderson’s scissor kick, before Josuha Guilavogui fired just wide from Kevin De Bruyne’s lay-off as the teams went in level at the break.

Hunt replaced Ivan Perisic at the start of the second half and made an instant impact, heading Christian Träsch’s cross into the bottom corner barely 100 seconds after coming on to give the Wolves the lead. Hunt doubled his personal tally with a composed finish over the onrushing Andrey Dikan, before Wanderson capitalised on a Robin Knoche error to reduce the arrears.

However, Guilavogui prodded home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross with just over 15 minutes remaining, and Bendtner’s late double, his first goals for the club, completed a comfortable win for Wolfsburg, who stay within a point of Group H leaders Everton FC.

Line-ups:

Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Knoche, Schäfer (Klose 39’) - Luiz Gustavo, Guilavogui - Vieirinha, De Bruyne, Perisic (Hunt 46’) - Dost (Bendtner 75’)

Krasnodar: Dikan - Sigurdsson, Jedrzejczyk, Kaleshin (Petrov 30’), Granqvist - Laborde, Pereyra, Gasinski, Akhmedov - Ari (Izmailov 71’), Wanderson

Goals: 1-0 Hunt (47’), 2-0 Hunt (57’), 2-1 Wanderson (72’), 3-1 Guilavogui (73’), 4-1 Bendtner (pen., 89’), 5-1 Bendtner (90’)