Wigan's hopes of progressing to the knockout stage of the Europa League were dealt a blow as a late Junior Malanda strike gave Belgians Zulte Waregem victory.

A win would have sent Owen Coyle's side into the last 32 - and they were on course for achieving that when Leon Barnett volleyed in an early opener.

However, an error by Wigan keeper Lee Nicholls allowed Chelsea loanee Thorgan Hazard, brother of Eden, to equalise just before half-time.

And Junior Malanda stunned the home crowd when he fired in a late winner from just outside the area to move Zulte up to second in Group D.

The defeat takes progression out of Wigan's hands; they are third in the standings, two points behind Zulte with one game remaining.

Wigan must beat Maribor away to give themselves any chance of progressing, and hope that Zulte lose their home meeting with Rubin Kazan. If Zulte were to draw and Wigan won, both would be level on eight points but the Belgian side would qualify on their better head-to-head record.

It's been a while

Zulte's win marked the first time a Belgian team has beaten English opposition in the last 10 European games. Standard Liege was the last to record a victory, beating Everton 2-1 in 2008/09 Uefa Cup. It was also the first win by a Belgian side in England since Royal Antwerp beat Aston Villa in October 1975.

It has been a tricky balancing act for Coyle this season as he tries to juggle Championship and European football.

Following relegation from the Premier League, they have made an indifferent start to the domestic season, sitting 11th in the table.

But they were heading for the next phase of the Europa League when Barnett gave them lead in the seventh minute.

Jordi Gomez's skewed shot from Callum McManaman's cross spun into the path of Barnett on the edge of the area and the defender fired a crisp volley through a crowd of players into the net.

The Zulte fans did not let that goal dampen their spirits and continued their vocal support, even as James McArthur and James McClean forced visiting keeper Sammy Bossut into smart saves.

When Zulte had possession they looked tidy, but they struggled to create much and Wigan keeper Nicholls had been little more than a spectator.

But his first contribution was one to forget as he gifted the visitors an equaliser

Hazard warning

Thorgan Hazard has created more chances - 18 - than any other player in the Europa League this season.

Source: Opta 

A swift Zulte break following a poor clearance by McArthur ended with Hazard shooting and, though it had power, Nicholls should have parried the ball away but only managed to help it over the line.

The second half was a much more balanced affair with both sides looking capable of scoring when they attacked.

Hazard had a shot blocked before sending another effort over while Nick Powell's curling shot was beaten away by Bossut at the other end.

McArthur saw a low shot from outside the area drift inches wide as Wigan increased the pressure in the closing stages.

A draw would have left progression in Wigan's hands but when Malanda was given space by Chris McCann just outside the area, he curled his shot beyond Nicholls to give the visitors victory.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Wigan Athletic

  • 13 Nicholls
  • 17 Boyce
  • 03 Crainey
  • 07 McCann
  • 06 Rogne
  • 25 Barnett
  • 15 McManaman (Espinoza - 84' )
  • 16 McArthur Booked (Holt - 90' )
  • 19 Powell Booked
  • 14 Jordi Gómez (Fortuné - 64' )
  • 11 McClean Booked

Substitutes

  • 04 Shotton
  • 08 Watson
  • 09 Holt
  • 12 Pollitt
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 32 Fortuné

SV Zulte Waregem

  • 01 Bossut
  • 02 de Fauw
  • 18 Duplus
  • 16 Skulason Booked (N'Diaye - 80' )
  • 24 D'Haene
  • 03 Colpaert
  • 17 Conte (Sylla - 73' )
  • 28 Malanda-Adje Booked
  • 07 Habibou
  • 08 Kums (Caceres - 90' )
  • 10 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 05 Verboom
  • 11 Sylla
  • 13 N'Diaye
  • 19 Caceres
  • 21 Godeau
  • 22 Bruzzese
  • 27 Bongonda
Ref: Ruddy Buquet

Match Stats

Shots

15 15

On target

7 3

Corners

12 8

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, SV Zulte Waregem 2.

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, SV Zulte Waregem 2.

90:00 +2:42

Frédéric Duplus (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:42

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

89:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Grant Holt replaces James McArthur.

89:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, SV Zulte Waregem. Raphael Caceres replaces Sven Kums.

87:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, SV Zulte Waregem 2. Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Idrissa Sylla.

86:14 Booking

Booking James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:12

Sven Kums (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:12

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

84:25

Attempt missed. Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James McArthur following a set piece situation.

83:44

Foul by Mamoutou N'Diaye (SV Zulte Waregem).

83:44

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Callum McManaman.

82:38

Attempt saved. Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mamoutou N'Diaye.

81:30

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

80:14

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Davy de Fauw.

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, SV Zulte Waregem. Mamoutou N'Diaye replaces Olafur Skulason.

78:55

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

77:10

Attempt blocked. Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sven Kums.

76:17

Olafur Skulason (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:17

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

74:23

Idrissa Sylla (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:23

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

74:00

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (SV Zulte Waregem).

74:00

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, SV Zulte Waregem. Idrissa Sylla replaces Ibrahima Conte.

68:04

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

67:25

Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:25

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

66:19

Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Barnett with a headed pass.

64:15

Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:15

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

63:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Jordi Gómez.

62:47

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James McArthur tries a through ball, but Nick Powell is caught offside.

61:37

Ibrahima Conte (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:37

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

60:33

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

58:27 Booking

Booking James McClean (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

58:18

Karel D'Haene (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:18

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

57:12

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bernard Malanda-Adje.

55:57 Booking

Booking Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

55:52

Foul by Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem).

55:52

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:56

Attempt missed. Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Olafur Skulason.

54:31

Attempt blocked. Olafur Skulason (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

54:29

Attempt blocked. Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

53:57

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by James McClean.

53:22

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by Callum McManaman.

51:08

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Emmerson Boyce tries a through ball, but Nick Powell is caught offside.

50:45

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Frédéric Duplus.

49:56

Attempt blocked. Ibrahima Conte (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thorgan Hazard.

48:07

Offside, SV Zulte Waregem. Karel D'Haene tries a through ball, but Ibrahima Conte is caught offside.

47:10

Sammy Bossut (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:10

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

46:37

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Frédéric Duplus.

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 1, SV Zulte Waregem 1.

45:00 +0:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, SV Zulte Waregem 1.

43:56

Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:56

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

43:10

Attempt missed. Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross following a corner.

42:39

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Olafur Skulason.

41:33

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by Chris McCann.

41:31

Attempt blocked. Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Olafur Skulason.

40:39

Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:39

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

39:50 Booking

Booking Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

39:48

(SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:48

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

39:00

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

36:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, SV Zulte Waregem 1. Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sven Kums following a fast break.

35:37

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Frédéric Duplus.

34:48

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bernard Malanda-Adje.

33:39

Foul by Frédéric Duplus (SV Zulte Waregem).

33:39

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:06

Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:06

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

30:17

Attempt missed. Karel D'Haene (SV Zulte Waregem) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thorgan Hazard with a cross following a corner.

29:57

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by Stephen Crainey.

28:56

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by Thomas Rogne.

26:52

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sammy Bossut.

26:51

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Rogne.

26:21 Booking

Booking Olafur Skulason (SV Zulte Waregem) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:08

Foul by Olafur Skulason (SV Zulte Waregem).

26:08

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:39

Foul by Ibrahima Conte (SV Zulte Waregem).

25:39

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:51

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Crainey.

23:57

Karel D'Haene (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:57

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

23:19

Foul by Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem).

23:19

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:04

Bernard Malanda-Adje (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:04

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

21:17

Foul by Steve Colpaert (SV Zulte Waregem).

21:17

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:36

Attempt blocked. Thorgan Hazard (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mouhamadou Habib Habibou.

20:00

Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross following a corner.

19:26

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sammy Bossut.

19:25

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nick Powell.

19:10

Attempt blocked. Davy de Fauw (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thorgan Hazard with a headed pass.

18:00

Attempt missed. Mouhamadou Habib Habibou (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thorgan Hazard.

16:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Frédéric Duplus.

15:46

Attempt missed. Sven Kums (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bernard Malanda-Adje.

14:33

Foul by Mouhamadou Habib Habibou (SV Zulte Waregem).

14:33

Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:47

Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

12:17

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Stephen Crainey tries a through ball, but Callum McManaman is caught offside.

12:09

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:27

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:27

Foul by Karel D'Haene (SV Zulte Waregem).

10:25

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

10:25

Mouhamadou Habib Habibou (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:54

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Davy de Fauw.

7:46

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

7:46

Frédéric Duplus (SV Zulte Waregem) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, SV Zulte Waregem 0. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez following a corner.

6:18

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum McManaman following a corner.

5:59

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mouhamadou Habib Habibou.

5:21

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:21

Foul by Steve Colpaert (SV Zulte Waregem).

4:50

Attempt missed. Olafur Skulason (SV Zulte Waregem) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Thorgan Hazard with a cross following a corner.

4:12

Corner, SV Zulte Waregem. Conceded by Thomas Rogne.

1:01

Attempt saved. Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

0:13

Hand ball by Karel D'Haene (SV Zulte Waregem).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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