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September 19, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
Jan Breydelstadion — Brugge
Referee:‬ M. Borski‎
Attendance:‬ 8000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

Goal.com took in the action at the Jan Breydelstadion, where the Lactics' first taste of European action ended in a dour yet hard fought stalemate.x

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Sammy Bossut
    1
    0
    3.00

    Sammy Bossut

    Hardly had a meaningful save to make as the visitors failed to really get efforts in on his goal.

  • Davy de Fauw
    1
    0
    3.00

    Davy de Fauw

    A solid performer out on the right, often thwarting the opposition attempts to breach his side, and releasing the ball effectively once in possession.

  • Frédéric Duplus
    2
    0
    2.50

    Frédéric Duplus

    Found it difficult to cope with the directness of McManaman when the Wigan man attacked down his flank, and was probably thankful that he was not targeted too often. Missed a good headed chance from a corner.

  • Karel D'Haene
    1
    0
    3.00

    Karel D'Haene

    Did what was required of him with minimal fuss at the back, though Wigan did not often make it hard for him to perform his duties.

  • Thorgan Hazard
    6
    0
    3.50

    Thorgan Hazard Top of the Match

    Orchestrated virtually every positive offensive move for the home side, showing poise and vision beyond his years. His silky footwork was reminiscent of older brother Eden's best at Stamford Bridge, and based on tonight, Chelsea has quite a talent on its hands.

  • Olafur Ingi Skulason
    1
    0
    3.00

    Olafur Ingi Skulason

    Earned himself a needless booking for dissent toward the referee, but was otherwise a useful deterrent in the middle of the park.

  • Ibrahima Conte
    2
    0
    2.50

    Ibrahima Conte

    Though he threatened to burst into life on occasion, his danger out wide was largely inconsistent. Came close to scoring in the first half, but was denied by Scott Carson.

  • Bernard Malanda Adje
    1
    0
    3.00

    Bernard Malanda Adje

    Robust and strong in the air in both boxes, though he will be disappointed that he could not steer one of his headed chances home.

  • Sven Kums
    1
    0
    3.00

    Sven Kums

    Disciplined display in the center of the park, helping his team to retain possession. He did not neglect his defensive duties for a second either.

  • Mouhamadou Habib Habibou
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mouhamadou Habib Habibou

    His extremely physical nature and off-the-ball movement caused many problems for the Wigan center backs, and though he was often frustrated in his attempts to get on the end of chances, he was always a handful to deal with.

  • Jens Naessens
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jens Naessens

    Grew into the game after a lethargic first half, but it was still not enough to open the defense. Booked for a careless challenge toward the end of the first half.

Substitutions

  • Raphael Caceres
    0
    0
    2.50

    Raphael Caceres

    A decent target in the box, but rarely got on the ball.

  • Scott Carson
    0
    0
    3.50

    Scott Carson

    Came to the fore late on with a few alert displays of goalkeeping to keep out Zulte. A well-earned clean sheet.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    0
    0
    3.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    Made a handful of vital interceptions to prevent Habibou from finding a way through toward goal, and his physicality was an asset in defense.

  • James Perch
    0
    0
    3.00

    James Perch

    Had a few testing moments dealing with the physical threat of Habibou, but saw a good attempt saved at the other end on a foray forward following a corner.

  • Ryan Shotton
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Shotton

    A decent debut for the Stoke City loanee, and he did come mightily close to getting his name on the score sheet with a flick from a corner that went just wide. Saw appeals for a handball against him go his way late on.

  • Stephen Crainey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stephen Crainey

    Rarely looked to venture forward and provide support to the attack, but his flank was breached once or twice by the likes of Hazard on the counter.

  • Chris McCann
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris McCann

    Nearly cost his side a goal when he was caught dwelling on the ball just outside his own box, and picked up a deserved booking for a careless lunge. Redeemed himself somewhat with a last-ditch block late on to prevent a goal.

  • James McArthur
    0
    0
    3.00

    James McArthur

    Came within inches of giving his side the lead early on when he smacked a well-taken half-volley off the post. Provided a cool head in the middle of the park.

  • James McClean
    0
    0
    2.50

    James McClean

    Did largely what was expected of him on the ball, but lacked any real dynamism or skill to carve open the opposition ranks.

  • Jordi Gómez
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jordi Gómez Flop of the Match

    He got on the ball in good attacking positions, but his decision-making, or lack thereof, let him down, as his hesitancy was noticeable.

  • Nick Powell
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nick Powell

    Often frustrated and stymied in his attempts to get forward, as the lack of service made him a relatively easy target to pick up for the opposition defense.

  • Callum McManaman
    0
    0
    3.00

    Callum McManaman

    Refreshingly direct on the flanks, constantly driving right at his man and aiming to get to the byline. His end product was not always consistent, but he did manage to fire in a few testing crosses.

Substitutions

  • Ben Watson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ben Watson

    Did not really add anything special in his 25 minutes on the field.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Could not get a good sight on goal, and was largely on the periphery of proceedings up front.

Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0