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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Rubin Kazan

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Wigan v Rubin Kazan

Wigan Athletic remain in the hunt for a place in the Europa League knockout stages after a gutsy draw against Rubin Kazan at the DW Stadium.

The Russian Premier League visitors took an early lead through Aleksandr Prudnikov's clinical low finish.

But their Championship hosts produced a spirited reply and levelled through on-loan forward Nick Powell.

The 19-year-old netted from 20 yards before team-mate Marc-Antoine Fortune was denied twice late in the game.

Substitute Fortune first shot tamely at Sergei Ryzhikov before the goalkeeper produced an excellent save from the former Celtic and West Brom forward in stoppage time.

Despite failing to find a winner, Wigan will take encouragement after coming through their toughest Europa League test unscathed against seasoned European campaigners.

They reach the midway point in Group D with five points from three games, second in the table, two points behind leaders Rubin.

The Russian visitors, quarter-finalists last season, showed their experience by sweeping into a 15th-minute lead.

Chris Mavinga's inviting ball into the Wigan area allowed former Spartak Moscow forward Prudnikov to fire past Scott Carson.

Jordi Gomez wasted a great chance to equalise after an excellent free-flowing move before Powell, on loan from Manchester United, scored his third European goal for Wigan, a well-placed low finish that beat Ryzhikov for pace.

Opportunities were limited for both teams after the interval, but it remains to be seen how costly Fortune's failure to net a late winner will prove to Wigan, who visit Rubin on 7 November.

But with a home match to follow against Zulte-Waregem, with whom they drew in Belgium, Latics manager Owen Coyle will be confident his side can progress to the round of 32.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle:

"We knew they were a quality side and they showed that. All credit to the lads, they strictly stuck to their task and scored a great goal through Nick Powell.

"We thought we were worthy of three points but we were delighted with the application.

"It puts us in a nice position and our destiny is in our own hands. If we go unbeaten over the last three games, it should be enough to qualify."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 3Crainey
  • 7McCann
  • 4ShottonBooked at 49mins
  • 25BarnettBooked at 42mins
  • 14Gómez García-PencheSubstituted forMcManamanat 76'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 9HoltSubstituted forFortunéat 63'minutes
  • 19Powell
  • 22BeausejourSubstituted forMcCleanat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 15McManaman
  • 16McArthur
  • 18Espinoza
  • 24Perch
  • 32Fortuné

Rubin Kazan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ryzhikov
  • 2Kuzmin
  • 22MavingaBooked at 82mins
  • 90M'Vila
  • 76SharonovSubstituted forNavasat 67'minutes
  • 25Marcano
  • 23Alekseevich Eremenko
  • 15Kislyak
  • 9PrudnikovSubstituted forKaradenizat 74'minutes
  • 8Ryazantsev
  • 10TorbinskiBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMubarakat 58'minutesBooked at 66mins


  • 7Kulik
  • 21Mubarak
  • 31Berezin
  • 44Navas
  • 61Karadeniz
  • 66Natcho
  • 81Mukhametshin
Florian Meyer

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamRubin Kazan
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rubin Kazan 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Rubin Kazan 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Iván Marcano (Rubin Kazan) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wakaso with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rubin Kazan. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

  5. Post update

    Wakaso (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nick Powell.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Oleg Kuzmin (Rubin Kazan) because of an injury.

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergei Kislyak (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yann M'Vila.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergei Kislyak (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roman Eremenko.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gökdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan).

  15. Post update

    Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chris Mavinga.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné with a headed pass.

  18. Booking

    Chris Mavinga (Rubin Kazan) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Chris Mavinga (Rubin Kazan).

  20. Post update

    Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 24th October 2013

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