German press react to Everton's destruction of Wolfsburg

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Premier League club Everton defeated their Bundesliga visitors by a 4-1 score in their first Europa League group game of the new campaign.

Everton's return to the Europa League, after a four year sojourn, was a successful one as Roberto Martinez - who has galvanised the Toffees since succeeding David Moyes - masterminded a stunning 4-1 win over Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg.

The Goodison Park club were 3-0 up after three quarters of an hour, before Kevin Miralles struck a fourth in the 89th minute ahead of a Ricardo Rodriguez consolation strike.

Goal-scorers Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines both returned commendable performances with Tim Howard responsible for a fine succession of saves whenever Wolfsburg were rampant.

Wolfsburg finished fifth in the German division last year, but are yet to record a win in the Bundesliga this season having returned just two points from three games - and their home press believe the English club did a fine job in taming the Wolves.

Wolfsburg were "overwhelmed", write Sport-BILD, and struggled to cope with "the increased pace of Everton". Any comeback in the second half was instantly quashed due to a "hair-raising bad pass" which led to Robin Knoche' fouling Aiden McGeady in the area, with Baines converting from the spot-kick.

BILD, though, believe Wolfsburg were "deserving" of their late consolation goal.

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