Tough afternoon in the German sun for Uwe’s boys against Fortuna Dusseldorf
- Riera scores first Latics goal.
- Three second half goals claim win for Dusseldorf.
- McArthur returns from injury.
FORTUNA DUSSELDORF 4Hoffer 33' 54'
WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Riera 24' (pen)
Latics went down to a very impressive Fortuna Dusseldorf in searing heat but it certainly wasn’t all doom and gloom for Uwe Rosler’s men.
Spanish striker Oriol Riera got his Latics account up and running with a coolly taken penalty, and also struck the bar early on during an opening half an hour when the team looked really aggressive, pressing high and not giving their hosts an inch to work in.
However, a lapse of concentration allowed Erwin Hoffer to nod past Ali Al Habsi and as Fortuna, a team a week away from their season and physically ahead of Latics were able to find spaces.
The second goal came after another lapse following a corner, bundled home by Hoffer from close in, then Mathias Bolly’s shot cannoned off Leon Barnett’s leg and wrong-footed Al Habsi.
The fourth, scored by Charlison Benschop, was a bit cruel on Latics but Latics did have their chances, notably from Callum McManaman and another effort from Riera.
A first sight of James McArthur and a debut for Don Cowie were two pluses on a difficult afternoon.
Full report to follow later
Fortuna: Rensing (Unnerstall 46) Weber (Schauerte 46), Soares (Avevor 65), Bodzek (Bomheuer 59), Schmidtgal (Schmitz 46), Gartner (Lambertz 65), Pinto (Erat 73), Halloran (Bolly 46), Pohjanpalo (Bellinghausen 59), Liendl (Golley 73), Hoffer (Benschop 59)
Latics: Al Habsi, Tavernier (McArthur 72), Ramis (Caldwell 78), Riera, McManaman, Boyce, Espinoza (Taylor-Sinclair 72), Fyvie (Waghorn 60), Perch, Barnett (Rogne 66), Chow (Cowie 60)
Unused Subs: Nicholls, Jennings
A group of Latics fans made the trip over to Dusseldorf for the game.