Dec 12, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Ljudski vrt
Maribor
2-1
WiganWigan Athletic
Mezga (43'), Filipovic (59')
Arghus (41'), Magno Morales Tavares (54'), Mertelj (65'), Viler (83')
Mertelj (73')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Gomez (41' pen.)
Espinoza (18'), McCann (21'), Rogne (88')
McCann (43')

Result: Wigan Athletic bow out of the Europa League

Wigan's Nick Powell heads in the opening goal against Maribor during their Europa League group match on October 3, 2013
© AFP
Wigan Athletic lose 2-1 at Maribor to bow out of the Europa League in the group stages.

Wigan Athletic have been eliminated from the Europa League following a 2-1 defeat to Maribor in the final game of Group D.

The visitors nearly went ahead when Jordi Gomez struck the post from a free kick in the 35th minute, but they still managed to take the lead just before half time.

Nick Powell was brought down inside the area, giving Gomez the chance to step up from 12 yards - although he was perhaps fortunate to see it squirm underneath the goalkeeper on its way into the net.

However, Maribor were awarded a penalty of their own moments later when Chris McCann handled in the box, thus receiving a second yellow card.

Dejan Mezga did the honours, levelling things up before half time.

The home side went ahead courtesy of a stunning 59th-minute strike from Zeljko Filipovic, but the teams were evened 15 minutes from time when Ales Mertelj was shown a second yellow for a reckless challenge on Jordi Gomez.

There was to be no fairytale comeback for Uwe Rosler's men, though, as they exit the competition despite Zulte Waregem losing at Rubin Kazan.

Zulte Waregem's Thorgan Hazard and Wigan's Jordi Gomez battle for the ball during their Europa League group match on September 19, 2013
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