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Zulte Waregem and Wigan draw blanks

Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 21.15CET
SV Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan Athletic FC
There were no goals, but plenty of chances as both teams got off the mark in Group D with an entertaining stalemate.
by Nick Foster
from Jan Breydelstadion
Zulte Waregem and Wigan draw blanks
Zulte Waregem's Frédéric Duplus (L) and Nick Powell of Wigan jostle for possession ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 21.15CET

Zulte Waregem and Wigan draw blanks

SV Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan Athletic FC
There were no goals, but plenty of chances as both teams got off the mark in Group D with an entertaining stalemate.

SV Zulte Waregem and Wigan Athletic FC shared the points in a keenly contested Group D match at the Jan Breydelstadion.

Neither side could find a breakthrough on a blustery, rainy night in Bruges, although Wigan's vociferous travelling support will feel pleased with a draw against a well-drilled and inventive Zulte Waregem team, who put their English opponents under intense pressure in the frenetic closing minutes.

Wigan had the best of the first half, James McArthur brushing the outside of a post after three minutes with a volley from the edge of box, but they were grateful to goalkeeper Scott Carson for blocking Ibrahima Conté's fierce shot just before half-time.

James McClean's runs down the left channel were a constant danger to the hosts, while Zulte Waregem's Thorgan Hazard was man-marked for much of the match, Wigan having evidently identified the Chelsea FC loanee as the most potent threat to their defence.

Zulte Waregem were a composed force after the interval, with Conté, in particular, excelling. Good headed chances fell to Habib Habibou and Frédéric Duplus from a corner, and captain Davy de Fauw came close with a long-range effort.

At the other end, on 67 minutes James Perch forced a good save out of Sammy Bossut, who saw the shot late but dived left to keep it out. Karel D'Haene could have won the match for Francky Dury's team four minutes from the end, yet his low effort was blocked in the box as Wigan rode out the late danger to earn a share of the spoils.

Last updated: 21/09/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

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Zulte Waregem

wigan

Wigan

1
BossutSammy Bossut (GK)
1
CarsonScott Carson (GK)
2
De FauwDavy de Fauw (C)
3
CraineyStephen Crainey
7
HabibouHabib Habibou
Substitution73
4
ShottonRyan Shotton
8
KumsSven Kums
7
McCannChris McCann
Yellow Card16
10
HazardThorgan Hazard
Yellow Card58
11
McCleanJames McClean
14
NaessensJens Naessens
Yellow Card41
14
Jordi GómezJordi Gómez
Substitution65
16
Ó. SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
Yellow Card17
15
McManamanCallum McManaman
Substitution65
17
ContéIbrahima Conté
16
McArthurJames McArthur
18
DuplusFrédéric Duplus
17
BoyceEmmerson Boyce (C)
24
D'HaeneKarel D'Haene
19
PowellNick Powell
Substitution83
28
MalandaJunior Malanda
24
PerchJames Perch

Substitutes

22
BruzzeseSébastien Bruzzese (GK)
13
NichollsLee Nicholls (GK)
5
VerboomBryan Verboom
8
WatsonBen Watson
Substitution65
11
SyllaIdrissa Sylla
18
EspinozaRoger Espinoza
13
N'DiayeMamatou N'Diaye
23
J. GarcíaJuan García
19
CacérèsRaphaël Cacérès
Substitution73
29
DickoNouha Dicko
Substitution83
23
TarfiMehdi Tarfi
32
FortunéMarc-Antoine Fortuné
Substitution65
27
BongondaThéo Bongonda
43
BuxtonAdam Buxton

Coach

Francky Dury (BEL) Owen Coyle (SCO)

Referee

Marcin Borski (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Sebastian Mucha (POL)

Fourth official

Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Daniel Stefanski (POL), Bartosz Frankowski (POL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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