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Wolves’ Nathan Fraser shines with brace as they cruise to a 4-0 victory over Everton in Next Generation Cup opener

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Nathan Fraser scored a brace as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Everton 4-0 in their opening group game of the 2023 Premier League Next Generation Cup in India.

Fraser opened the scoring early in the game, putting Wolves ahead at halftime. After the break, Alfie Pond added a second goal shortly before Fraser scored his second. Ty Barnett wrapped up the game late on with a stunning solo effort.

Everton entered the Next Generation Cup after finishing fourth in the U18 Premier League North, while Wolverhampton Wanderers finished in 11th place.

The two teams had two evenly matched encounters in the league, with Wolves narrowly winning 1-0 at home and the sides drawing 1-1 at Everton.

Wolves took the lead after four minutes when Nathan Fraser rose highest from a corner and headed home from close range.

They doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when Owen Hesketh whipped in a free-kick from the left. Alfie Pond rose highest to head the delivery down into the net.

Five minutes later, it was 3-0 as Harvey Griffiths broke down the right-hand side and rolled the ball across the penalty area for Fraser, who tapped home his second goal.

Wolves scored a fourth goal in the 60th minute when Ty Barnett drove forward from midfield and drilled a low effort into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.

The victory sees Wolves sit at the top of the group on goal difference after the opening round of fixtures, with Reliance Foundation Young Champs beating Sudeva Delhi 1-0 in the other game in the group.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday for their second group games. Everton will take on Sudeva Delhi, while Wolves will play Young Champs.

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