Europa League - Group D
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Wigan Athletic 3-1 NK Maribor

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Wigan Athletic's Ben Watson (right) heads the second goal during the Uefa Europa League Group D match v Maribor

Nick Powell scored twice as Wigan recorded their first win in European competition with victory over Slovenian champions Maribor.

Powell gave the FA Cup winners the lead when he headed in after a horrible mistake by keeper Jasmin Handanovic.

Former Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson added a second with a header from Jean Beausejour's cross.

Maribor pulled one back after the interval through Tavares, before Powell fired in his second in stoppage time.

That brilliant individual effort from Powell came just seconds after Latics goalkeeper Scott Carson produced an outstanding acrobatic save to deny Tavares and Maribor from equalising.

The Slovenian club, who are bottom of Europa League Group D after two losses, improved markedly in the second half but they were defensively atrocious during the first 45 minutes.

Owen Coyle's Wigan came into the match having drawn their first group match against Belgian side Zulte Waregem, but slightly worryingly have collected just 11 points from eight Championship games.

Despite underperforming so far this season in the league, the Latics players showed their true class at the DW Stadium on Thursday.

Maribor's goalkeeper Handanovic had performed well in the opening minutes, making a fabulous one-handed save to prevent on-loan Manchester United midfielder Powell from giving the Latics an early lead.

But then came the moment the Slovenian keeper will want to forget. Latics midfielder Beausejour broke free on the left and delivered a deflected cross that looped up in the air towards the six-yard area.

Handanovic came out to punch the ball clear, but instead it spun off his fist and towards the net, allowing Powell to nod in. That was the 19-year-old's second goal for the club.

Wigan doubled the lead soon after. Chilean Beausejour once again supplied the cross, which this time found its way cleanly to Ben Watson, who headed in a similar goal to the winner against Manchester City in last season's FA Cup final.

It did not take long after the restart for Coyle's team to expose the gaps in the opposition defence. Beausejour was allowed to maraud down the left before fizzing in a low cross which Powell could only direct on to the far post.

It seemed all too easy for the Latics, but they were given a jolt moments later. French powerhouse forward Jean Philippe Mendy, who troubled Carson with a couple of firm first-half strikes, forced his way into the area before pulling the ball back for Tavares to score in from 14 yards.

Maribor pressed as Wigan sat back. With a minute of normal time remaining, the Slovenian side must have thought they were about equalise when Tavares launched a vicious strike from 20 yards, but Carson leapt up to push the ball wide.

Seconds later Powell settled the outcome when he danced past a couple of challenges before drilling in a low shot past Handanovic.

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 24Perch
  • 16McArthur
  • 4Shotton
  • 25Barnett
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forMcCleanat 67'minutes
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forMcCannat 77'minutes
  • 19PowellSubstituted forDickoat 90+2'minutes
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 22Beausejour

Substitutes

  • 6Rogne
  • 7McCann
  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 18Espinoza
  • 23Garcia
  • 29Dicko

NK Maribor

  • 33Handanovic
  • 6Milec
  • 7MejacSubstituted forVilerat 83'minutes
  • 70Mertelj
  • 26Rajcevic
  • 44Bordignon
  • 39BoharSubstituted forFajicat 83'minutes
  • 5Filipovic
  • 14MendyBooked at 71mins
  • 9Morales Tavares
  • 20CvijanovicSubstituted forMezgaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mezga
  • 12Pridigar
  • 17Fajic
  • 21Dervisevic
  • 22Potokar
  • 28Viler
  • 29Dodlek
Referee:
Aleksandar Stavrev

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamNK Maribor
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 3, NK Maribor 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 3, NK Maribor 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Arghus.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

  5. Post update

    Corner, NK Maribor. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nouha Dicko replaces Nick Powell.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Wigan Athletic 3, NK Maribor 1. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, NK Maribor. Conceded by Scott Carson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcos Tavares (NK Maribor) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ales Mertelj.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Marcos Tavares (NK Maribor) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Zeljko Filipovic (NK Maribor) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Marcos Tavares (NK Maribor) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Dejan Mezga (NK Maribor).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Arghus.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, NK Maribor. Mitja Viler replaces Ales Mejac.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, NK Maribor. Nusmir Fajic replaces Damjan Bohar.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 3rd October 2013

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