Wigan Athletic Stadium - Wigan 03/10/2013 - 21:05CET (20:05 local time)

Group stage - Group D

Wigan - Maribor
3-1
 

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Wigan head boys Powell and Watson floor Maribor

Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 22.55CET
Wigan Athletic FC 3-1 NK Maribor
The FA Cup holders made it a European home debut to remember courtesy of goals in each half from Nick Powell and a Ben Watson header.
by Patrick Hart
from Wigan Athletic Stadium
Wigan head boys Powell and Watson floor Maribor
Wigan forward Nick Powell (No19) takes the acclaim after his first goal ©AFP/Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Wigan
Maribor

3

Goals scored

1

59

Possession (%)

41

17

Total attempts

8

7

on target

5

6

off target

2

4

blocked

1

1

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

3

2

Offsides

0

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

19

Fouls committed

17

17

Fouls suffered

19

566

Passes

390

498

completed

312

Lineups

wigan

Wigan

maribor

Maribor

1Carson (GK)33J. Handanovič (GK)
4Shotton5Filipovič
8Watson
Goal34
Substitution77
6Milec
14Jordi Gómez7Mejač
Substitution83
15McManaman
Substitution67
9Tavares (C)
Goal60
16McArthur14Mendy
Yellow Card71
17Boyce (C)20Cvijanovič
Substitution77
19Powell
Goal22
Goal90+1
Substitution90+2
26Rajčevič
22Beausejour39Bohar
Substitution83
24Perch44Arghus
25Barnett70Mertelj

Substitutes

13Nicholls (GK)12Pridigar (GK)
6Rogne8Mezga
Substitution77
7McCann
Substitution77
17Fajić
Substitution83
11McClean
Substitution67
21Derviševič
18Espinoza22Potokar
23García28Viler
Substitution83
29Dicko
Substitution90+2
29Dodlek

Coaches

Owen Coyle (SCO) Ante Šimundža (SVN)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Press kits

Last updated: 03/10/2013 23:06 CET

Standings

Last updated: 04/10/2013 07:37 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
  
Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 22.55CET

Wigan head boys Powell and Watson floor Maribor

Wigan Athletic FC 3-1 NK Maribor
The FA Cup holders made it a European home debut to remember courtesy of goals in each half from Nick Powell and a Ben Watson header.

Wigan Athletic FC marked their first-ever European home game with a 3-1 Group D victory over NK Maribor.

The Slovenian title holders largely struggled to match the 15th-placed team in English football's Championship, conceding first-half strikes from Nick Powell and Ben Watson. However, Tavares's 60th-minute reply enlivened the contest, necessitating a stoppage-time clincher from Powell. If this was a debut to remember for Wigan, less so for Ante Šimundža, new coach of still point-less Maribor.

Powell had already drawn a save from Jasmin Handanovič before two goals midway through the first half bore out the Wigan crowd's I'm A Believer chants. Sadly for Handanovič, his attempted punch clear from Jean Beausejour's cross led to the 22nd-minute opener: it sent the ball spinning back towards the Maribor goal where the lurking Powell accepted a free header into the net.

Soon it was 2-0. Wigan owe their place in the competition to the head of FA Cup final match winner Watson, and the midfielder was at it again from Beausejour's left-wing centre. Beausejour and Callum McManaman also went close before half-time.

For Beausejour, formerly of Birmingham City FC, this is a second UEFA Europa League group stage with an English second-tier club in the same section as Maribor. Despite Aleš Mejač's long-range drive and two Jean Philippe Mendy shots to warm the hands of Scott Carson, a third successive win against the Violets loomed for the Chilean.

Maribor captain Tavares made that less certain on the hour by slotting home powerfully after Mendy had danced around Carson to tee him up. Suddenly Wigan boss Owen Coyle had reason to regret Powell rattling the inside of a post. The Manchester United FC loanee was also centimetres from converting Watson's cross after Tavares had threatened an equaliser.

No matter: in a dramatic end-to-end finale, Powell confirmed the Lancashire side's first victory in Europe with a jinking run and cool finish.

Last updated: 05/10/13 0.02CET

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