Black Cats lose in Germany, Latics are victorious
Sunderland went down to a 3-1 defeat to German side Hoffenheim in their final pre-season friendly, as Wigan warmed up for their opening Premier League fixture at home to Blackpool with a 3-1 win at Dundee United.
The newly-promoted Seasiders fared less well against Scottish opposition, going down 2-1 to Hibernian.
Jordan Henderson was on target for the Sunderland against Hoffenheim with a free-kick which he curled into the top corner via an upright in the 65th minute.
By then, though, the Black Cats, who start their Premier League campaign at home to Birmingham on Saturday, were two goals down, with Croatia defender Josip Simunic scoring twice inside the first 30 minutes. Prince Tagoe, who played for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, added a third for the Bundesliga side just a minute after Henderson's goal, slotting home from close range.
Up in Scotalnd, Mauro Boselli, the 25-year-old Argentinian striker signed by Wigan from Estudiantes this summer, netted twice in an impressive display for the Latics, opening the scoring with a calm finish in the 34th minute and adding a second at the start of the second half with a diving header from Maynor Figueroa's excellent cross.
And Boselli played a part in their third as well, knocking the ball down for Victor Moses to smash a glorious shot into the top corner from 20 yards late on. Danny Cadamarteri grabbed an immediate consolation for Dundee United with another fine effort but Wigan already had the game sewn up.
At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool went in front against Hibernian, Jason Euell playing a neat one-two with Ishmel Demontagnac and sending his finish into the bottom corner to give Ian Holloway's side an eighth-minute lead. But Derek Riordan headed a 32nd minute leveller and Liam Miller completed the Hibs comeback by curling a free-kick into the top corner 12 minutes from time.