Wigan Athletic produced a brave display but left Russia empty handed as Oleg Kuzmin's strike put Rubin Kazan into the Europa League knockout stages.

Kuzmin fired home a low effort in the first-half after a long ball over the top caught the Wigan defence out.

Grant Holt then headed over for Owen Coyle's side before substitute Nick Powell shot just wide after the break.

Wigan continued to push for an equaliser but Thomas Rogne's late header came back off the bar.

Despite their first Europa League defeat, Wigan's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages remain in their own hands with a home tie against Belgium side Zulte Waregem and a visit to Slovenia to face Maribor to come.

Wigan's remaining group games

28 Nov: v Zulte-Waregem (H)

12 Dec: v Maribor (A)

This was always going to be a tough ask for the Championship outfit against a side who have not lost in Kazan in 22 European games. But they will feel frustrated as one lapse of concentration cost them a valuable point.

After a scrappy start, Aleksandr Ryazantsev should have put Kazan in front, but he completely mishit the ball from just eight yards out.

Wigan did not heed the warning, though, and when winger James McClean switched off it allowed Kuzmin the space to break in behind the defence and score the opener.

The visitors, who held Kazan to a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium a fortnight ago, started to edge their way into the game and their Russian hosts seemed hesitant when the Championship side delivered high balls into the area.

That tactic should have brought Wigan an equaliser after the half hour mark when Roger Espinoza delivered a superb cross-field pass that found Holt free, but the former Norwich striker headed well over from 12 yards despite having time and space to control ball.

Kurban Berdyev's side seemed content with their slender advantage and only threatened the visitors with the odd counter attack.

Powell, who scored the equaliser in the reverse fixture, came on after the break and the on-loan Manchester United forward went close with a long-range effort with 22 minutes to go after losing two Kazan defenders with ease.

Espinoza then delivered a superb cross that Rogne rose well to meet, but his header came off the bar before McClean's late flick from Stephen Crainey's corner went agonisingly close.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle:

"I think at the outset, everybody felt - and rightly so - that Rubin would be the favourites to win the group.

"But with what we have shown in the two games, home and away against Rubin, we are confident going into our last two group games.

"We have the quality to progress from the group.

"We have to keep putting in performances like tonight and if we do that it will see us earn enough points to qualify for the knockout stages.

"On another day it would have resulted in not even a draw but a win for us.

"There are a lot of positives and is a lot to be pleased about."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Rubin Kazan

  • 01 Ryzhikov
  • 02 Kuzmin
  • 22 Mavinga (Kislyak - 45' )
  • 90 M'Vila
  • 76 Sharonov
  • 44 Navas Booked
  • 08 Ryazantsev
  • 66 Natcho
  • 81 Mukhametshin (Prudnikov - 84' )
  • 10 Torbinski Booked (Mubarak - 76' )
  • 23 Alekseevich Eremenko

Substitutes

  • 07 Kulik
  • 09 Prudnikov
  • 15 Kislyak
  • 21 Mubarak
  • 31 Berezin
  • 63 Dzhalilov

Wigan Athletic

  • 13 Nicholls
  • 04 Shotton
  • 03 Crainey Booked
  • 24 Perch Booked (Powell - 60' )
  • 06 Rogne
  • 25 Barnett
  • 16 McArthur
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 09 Holt (Fortuné - 71' )
  • 15 McManaman (Jordi Gómez - 74' )
  • 11 McClean Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 McCann
  • 12 Pollitt
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 17 Boyce
  • 19 Powell
  • 23 Garcia
  • 32 Fortuné
Ref: Hüseyin Göçek

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

2 1

Corners

2 5

Fouls

13 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rubin Kazan 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rubin Kazan 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:03

Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:03

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +2:43

Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:37

Foul by César Navas (Rubin Kazan).

90:00 +1:37

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:54

Attempt missed. Wakaso (Rubin Kazan) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aleksandr Ryazantsev.

90:00 +0:24

Attempt missed. Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aleksandr Prudnikov.

90:00 +0:16

Attempt saved. Wakaso (Rubin Kazan) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergei Kislyak.

88:16

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross following a corner.

87:59

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Yann M'Vila.

87:25

Offside, Rubin Kazan. Roman Eremenko tries a through ball, but Aleksandr Prudnikov is caught offside.

84:16

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

83:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rubin Kazan. Aleksandr Prudnikov replaces Ruslan Mukhametshin.

83:25

Foul by Wakaso (Rubin Kazan).

83:25

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

83:02

Attempt blocked. Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Powell.

82:48

Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Roger Espinoza with a cross.

81:38

Offside, Rubin Kazan. Bebras Natcho tries a through ball, but Aleksandr Ryazantsev is caught offside.

80:24

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

78:06

Foul by Oleg Kuzmin (Rubin Kazan).

78:06

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:25

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rubin Kazan. Wakaso replaces Dmitri Torbinski.

73:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Callum McManaman.

72:57

Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:57

Foul by Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic).

72:20

Foul by Oleg Kuzmin (Rubin Kazan).

72:20

Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:48

Attempt missed. Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roman Eremenko.

71:12

Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:12

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

70:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Grant Holt.

70:22

Attempt missed. Oleg Kuzmin (Rubin Kazan) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Roman Eremenko with a cross following a corner.

69:38 Booking

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

69:35

Corner, Rubin Kazan. Conceded by Thomas Rogne.

69:32

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

68:13

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

66:47

Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:47

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

65:19 Booking

Booking Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:16

Bebras Natcho (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:16

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

64:33

Attempt missed. Bebras Natcho (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

63:41

Attempt missed. Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ruslan Mukhametshin.

63:07

Sergei Kislyak (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:07

Dangerous play by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

61:55

Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:55

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

60:40

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

59:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell replaces James Perch.

58:28

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

58:28

Foul by Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic).

57:36

Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:36

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

55:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:00

Delay in match Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

54:30 Booking

Booking César Navas (Rubin Kazan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:22

Foul by César Navas (Rubin Kazan).

54:22

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:01

Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:01

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

51:51

Foul by Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan).

51:51

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

48:09

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bebras Natcho.

48:06

Attempt blocked. Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean.

45:00

Second Half begins Rubin Kazan 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rubin Kazan. Sergei Kislyak replaces Chris Mavinga because of an injury.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rubin Kazan 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

43:57

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Lee Nicholls tries a through ball, but Callum McManaman is caught offside.

42:19

Foul by Oleg Kuzmin (Rubin Kazan).

42:19

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

41:03

Attempt saved. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

40:43

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by César Navas.

40:04

Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:04

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

39:10 Booking

Booking Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:08

Foul by Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan).

39:08

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:52

Foul by Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan).

38:52

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

35:03

Attempt blocked. Oleg Kuzmin (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

34:09 Booking

Booking James Perch (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:03

Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:03

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

33:02

Foul by Ruslan Mukhametshin (Rubin Kazan).

33:02

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:25

Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:25

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

30:28

Foul by Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan).

30:28

Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:40

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Roger Espinoza.

24:25

Foul by Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan).

24:25

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

22:59

Attempt missed. Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ruslan Mukhametshin.

21:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rubin Kazan 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Oleg Kuzmin (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bebras Natcho with a through ball.

20:56

Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:56

Foul by Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic).

19:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

18:50

Delay in match Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan) because of an injury.

16:05

Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:05

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic).

15:54

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

15:53

Attempt blocked. Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

15:38

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ruslan Mukhametshin.

15:19

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bebras Natcho.

14:29

Offside, Rubin Kazan. Bebras Natcho tries a through ball, but Roman Eremenko is caught offside.

13:55

Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:55

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

11:39

Corner, Rubin Kazan. Conceded by Thomas Rogne.

8:42

Foul by César Navas (Rubin Kazan).

8:42

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:28

Ruslan Mukhametshin (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:28

Foul by Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic).

3:33

Yann M'Vila (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:33

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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