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Zulte Waregem snatch win at Wigan

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 23.05CET
Wigan Athletic FC 1-2 SV Zulte Waregem
The race for the knockout stage will go to the final day in Group D after Junior Malanda's late stunner grabbed an unlikely win for the Belgian outfit.
Zulte Waregem snatch win at Wigan
Junior Malanda's wonderful late winner snatched victory at the last for Zulte Waregem ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 23.05CET

Zulte Waregem snatch win at Wigan

Wigan Athletic FC 1-2 SV Zulte Waregem
The race for the knockout stage will go to the final day in Group D after Junior Malanda's late stunner grabbed an unlikely win for the Belgian outfit.

The battle for qualification from UEFA Europa League Group D will go down to the wire after Wigan Athletic FC lost 2-1 at home to SV Zulte Waregem.

Junior Malanda's superb 88th-minute goal, a first-time top-corner curler, completed a surprise victory for a Zulte Waregem side who had been on the back foot for much of the contest. The success lifts Francky Dury's charges into second in the section, two points clear of Wigan – although should the Belgian team lose against qualified FC Rubin Kazan on matchday six, fourth-placed NK Maribor could snatch second spot by beating the Latics.

Knowing a win would guarantee knockout football, Wigan went full-throttle from the outset and seized a seventh-minute lead. Leon Barnett was the scorer, meeting a heavily sliced Jordi Gómez effort with a fine instep volley and picking out the bottom-left corner.

An inspired Sammy Bossut stood between the hosts and a second goal. The keeper first brilliantly blocked a Callum McManaman shot with his legs and soon after flung himself low to his left to tip wide a James McClean strike.

On 37 minutes, against the run of play, Zulte Waregem were level. Breaking from a Wigan corner, Sven Kums fed Thorgan Hazard, bursting into the area to the right. The winger fired in a powerful near-post drive that somehow got through the gloves of keeper Lee Nicholls and bounced agonisingly over the line.

After half-time the frenetic pace and gung-ho attitude were replaced by a palpable anxiety, as both sides feared losing the valuable point. Bossut was required to show his reflexes to parry a Nick Powell effort, though the No1 could do nothing about a James McArthur attempt that dragged narrowly wide.

Bossut's heroics proved even more decisive at the death, as Idrissa Sylla collected a long ball and pulled it back for Malanda, lurking on the edge of the box, to find the angle under the post and crossbar.

Last updated: 30/11/13 0.03CET

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Lineups

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Wigan

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Zulte Waregem

13
NichollsLee Nicholls (GK)
1
BossutSammy Bossut (GK)
3
CraineyStephen Crainey
2
De FauwDavy de Fauw (C)
6
RogneThomas Rogne
3
ColpaertSteve Colpaert
7
McCannChris McCann
7
HabibouHabib Habibou
11
McCleanJames McClean
Yellow Card59
8
KumsSven Kums
Substitution90
14
Jordi GómezJordi Gómez
Substitution64
10
T. HazardThorgan Hazard
Goal37
15
McManamanCallum McManaman
Substitution84
16
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
Yellow Card27
Substitution80
16
McArthurJames McArthur
Yellow Card87
Substitution90
17
ContéIbrahima Conté
Substitution73
17
BoyceEmmerson Boyce (C)
18
DuplusFrédéric Duplus
19
PowellNick Powell
Yellow Card40
24
D'HaeneKarel D'Haene
25
BarnettLeon Barnett
Goal7
28
MalandaJunior Malanda
Yellow Card56
Goal88

Substitutes

12
PollittMike Pollitt (GK)
22
BruzzeseSébastien Bruzzese (GK)
4
ShottonRyan Shotton
5
VerboomBryan Verboom
8
WatsonBen Watson
11
SyllaIdrissa Sylla
Substitution73
9
HoltGrant Holt
Substitution90
13
N'DiayeMamatou N'Diaye
Substitution80
18
EspinozaRoger Espinoza
Substitution84
19
CacérèsRaphaël Cacérès
Substitution90
22
BeausejourJean Beausejour
21
GodeauBruno Godeau
32
FortunéMarc-Antoine Fortuné
Substitution64
27
BongondaThéo Bongonda

Coach

Owen Coyle (SCO) Francky Dury (BEL)

Referee

Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Assistant referees

Guillaume Debart (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Nicolas Danos (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Benoît Millot (FRA)

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