Sunderland U23s 2 Athletic Bilbao 0: Who scooped man of the match in European win?

Joel Asoro in action for Sunderland
Joel Asoro in action for Sunderland
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Sunderland Under-23s beat Athletic Club Bilbao 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Premier League International Cup.

How did the players rate? Richard Mennear gives his ratings below:

Sunderland XI:

Max Stryjek: Fumbled an early corner but steadied himself and twice made smart saves to deny Hernandez before half-time.....7

Josh Robson: Steady at right back, Robson was always keen to get forward and support the Sunderland attack....6

Tommy Robson (C): Broke into the box on occasions, defensively sound against a technically gifted Bilbao side.....6

Thomas Beadling: An eventful evening in midfield. Involved in several Sunderland moves and was also involved in the sending off, Cordoba squaring up to him.....7

Michael Ledger: Hernandez was a thorn in the side of Sunderland's defence but they coped well enough with his threat.....7

Dan Casey: Similar to Ledger. Coped well with the persistant threat of Hernandez.....7

Luke Molyneux: Tidy in possession, always looking for the ball and to be creative. Impressed in midfield.....7

Ethan Robson: Heavily involved and scored the opening goal, prodding home from close range. Could have had a second after the break too, hit the post.....8 MOM.

Elliot Embleton: Superb finish to make it 2-0 shortly after the restart, firing home from 25-yards to cap an overall impressive display.....8

Rees Greenwood: Struggled to make an impact first half but enjoyed a much more productive second half as Sunderland made their extra man count.....6

Joel Asoro: Posed a threat to the Bilbao defence, had a couple of sightings and an effort well saved in the build-up to Robson's opener......7


Denver Hume (Asoro, 81): Game was over when he came on. 6

Dan Wright (Beadling, 81): Game was already won. 6

Subs Not Used: Brotherton, Talbot, Poame, Gamble, Taylor

Booked: Embleton (72)

Goals: E. Robson (24), Embleton (47)

Bilbao XI:

Etxeberria, Murua, Lopez, Nonez, Bernaola (Seguin, 55), Undabarrena (C), Guruzeta, Zarraga, Hernandez (Vicente, 72), Nolaskoain, (Dulce, 65), Cordoba.

Subs Not Used: Murgoitio, Iruarrizaga, Cortazar.

Booked: None

Red: Cordoba (51)

Goals: None

Referee: T Bramall. Steady performance from the official. Got the sending off right....6

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