West Ham United's Development Squad ended their pre-season trip to Russia on a high on Sunday.

The Hammers beat Turkish club Besiktas 4-0 to finish fifth in the VTB Lev Yashin Cup in Moscow - a prestigious international Under-21 competition - ensuring Ian Hendon's side would have a victory to celebrate from their five-day stay in the Russian capital.

Like Besiktas, West Ham had been defeated in each of their two group-stage fixtures, being edged out 2-0 by German club Freiburg on Thursday and losing 3-1 to host club Dynamo Moscow on Friday.

After a training session and a guided sight-seeing tour of Moscow on Saturday that saw the squad visit the Kremlin and Red Square, Hendon's youngsters returned to the pitch in style on Sunday evening.

Played at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, the fifth-place play-off match was a one-sided affair as the Hammers hit their stride from the kick-off.

Matthias Fanimo put West Ham in front with a fine individual effort to give the English side a 1-0 half-time lead. After the break Kieran Sadlier, Sebastian Lletget and Frazer Shaw added further goals to give the final scoreline a convincing appearance.

The Development Squad ended their trip by attending the closing ceremony at the Yantar Stadium, where the players and staff mingled with their counterparts from the five other sides involved - Besiktas, Freiburg, Dynamo Moscow, Malaga and the Mexico Under-19 national team.

Hendon and his players will fly back to London on Monday before returning to training and continuing their pre-season preparations by travelling to Grays Athletic on Friday evening.

Development Squad/West Ham United XI pre-season fixtures
(All matches AWAY)

20 July - Grays Athletic (Rush Green Stadium, 7.45pm)
21 July - Thurrock (Ship Lane, 3pm)
24 July - Dartford (Princes Park, 7.45pm)
28 July - Welling (Park View Road, 3pm)
4 Aug - AFC Wimbledon (Kingsmeadow, 3pm)
7 Aug - Northampton Town (Sixfields, 7.45pm)
11 Aug - Dagenham and Redbridge (Victoria Road, 3pm)

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