Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell started for Wigan as they took on Maribor in their final group game of the Europa League. To progress to the knock-out phase of the competition, Wigan needed two things to happen. They had to win their match and hope that Rubin Kazan beat Zulte Waragem.
Just 15 minutes into the game, Powell had a chance to score. He struck Beausejour’s pass on the volley but his effort just missed. He had another good shot ten minutes later after a great run forward but his shot was blocked by a Maribor defender.
Powell was quite lively and threatening up front. The Maribor defence certainly thought so and when Powell received the ball in the box five minutes before half time, he was brought down by Arghus. Gomez dispatched the penalty which gave Wigan the lead.
Unfortunately moments later there was a penalty and a red card down the other end. Wigan went in 1-1 at half and were forced to play the second half with only ten men. Just before the hour mark Maribor took the lead through a lovely Filipovic strike. That meant that Wigan needed to score two goals to have a chance to go through. Powell was substituted off in the 65th minute. Wigan didn’t manage to find a way back into the game and were eliminated from the Europa League, bottom of their group.
While it’s obviously disappointing to have been knocked out, Nick Powell showed his philosophical side on twitter.
Great experience at the end of the day. #EuropeanFootball
— Nick Powell (@NPowell25) December 12, 2013
Will Keane (Wigan Athletic) – Will was ineligible for Wigan’s final group game against Maribor.
Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza) – Henriquez played 76 minutes in Zaragoza’s 2-1 win over Córdoba. He had a chance in the 8th minute after he beautifully controlled the ball but his shot deflected off the defenders and went out for a corner. After that it was a generally quiet match for Henriquez and he was substituted off after Córdoba equalised to bring the scoreline to 1-1. Zaragoza scored a late goal to win 2-1.
Jonny Sutherland (Bolton Wanderers Under-21s) – Sutherland played the full match in Bolton Under-21s 3 -2 victory over Liverpool. Liverpool started strongly when Samed Yesil slipped his marker to find himself with only Sunderland to beat but he denied him from a tight angle.
Bolton then came to life and scored two before 25 minutes had gone on the clock. Liverpool almost fought their way back into the match as Cameron Brannagan attempted to curl an effort into the top corner of the net. Sutherland was beaten by the shot and was relieved to see it clip the post and go out.
Sutherland was beaten in the 37th minute when Rossiter found himself unmarked in the box looped his header into the net. Liverpool then piled on the pressure and a penalty was awarded after a foul on Ibe. Ibe stepped up to slot the penalty kick beyond Sutherland. Liverpool arguably had the better chances in the second half but Sutherland, helped by his defence, kept the scores level until a late goal from Bolton secured all three points.