West Bromwich Albion opened their account in the Balkans with a comfortable victory over NK Nafta.
Played in oppressive heat, Albion had Luke Moore to thank for setting them on their way in NK’s stadium in Lendava.
Jonathan Greening scored a stunning long-range effort after the break, before Jonas Olsson made sure of the victory.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men started the scoring when Moore dummied Marek Cech’s pass leaving it for Simon Cox. The ex-Villa man peeled away and raced onto Cox’s return, slotting a low shot past Ales Luk.
Albion showed good movement throughout the opening half, with Youssouf Mulumbu performing robustly.
Conditions were not helpful, with Di Matteo making five half-time changes. One of those who remained on the pitch was Greening, who increased Albion’s lead with a brilliantly executed shot from around 25 yards.
The Baggies improved as the game went on, with Nafta, who were spirited albeit lacking quality, fading quickly.
Olsson scored Albion’s third when he raced in to meet Filipe Teixeira’s corner, just moments after Chris Wood’s shot deflected away.
Di Matteo said afterwards: “It was very hot – over 30 degrees so the conditions were not ideal.
“It was a good work out, we’ve been doing tactical work so we just wanted to see how things would work.
“Bear in mind we’ve only been in for two weeks – some have come in late so you can’t expect things to be working straight away.”