Tuesday September 13, 2011 Group Stage: Group G Finished GSP-Stadion

APOEL Nicosia 2 - 1 Zenit St. Petersburg

  • Manduca 73’
  • Aílton 75’
  • Zyryanov 63’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • APOEL Nicosia
    • Zenit St. Petersburg
    • FT There goes the final whistle and APOEL Nicosia have registered their first ever victory in the Champions League group stages!
    • 90+1' Zenit have a free-kick 25 yards out... what a waste. Lazovic goes for goal but blazes his effort miles over the bar.
    • 90' APOEL SUB: Alexandrou comes on for Manduca.
    • 90' ZENIT SUB: Bukharov replaces Hubocan.
    • 89' Faitzulin floats in a lovely cross but Lombaerts' header is just wide!
    • 88' Despite having 10-men, Zenit are throwing the kitchen sink at APOEL!
    • 87' Zenit are just inches away from equalising! Faitzulin jabs the ball goalwards and beats Chiotis but sees his shot come back off the post!
    • 85' Zenit win a free-kick on the edge of the box. Lazovic plays a clever ball across the top of the area but the resultant shot is well blocked by a yellow shirt.
    • 84' Kerzhakov is given a sniff but can't get his shot away and APOEL clear.
    • 83' Lazovic runs into trouble on the right wing and is dispossessed.
    • 82' If APOEL hold out, it will be their first ever victory in the Champions League group stages.
    • 80' ZENIT SUB: Zyryanov makes way for Lazovic.
    • 79' What can 10-man Zenit muster in the final 11 minutes?
    • 78' ZENIT SUB: Faitzulin comes on for the visitors in place of Shirokov.
    • 76' It's gone from bad to worse for Zenit! Bruno Alves brings down Ailton to stop Ailton breaking forward and the Portugese defender is shown his second yellow card. The visitors are down to 10 men!
    • 75' GOAL! The game has been turn on its head! Ailton latches onto a neat through-ball on the left side of the box and curls his finish past Malafeev and into the far corner!
    • 74' APOEL SUB: Poursaitides makes way for Solomou.
    • 73' GOAL! Manduca equalises! A mis-cued shot from the edge of the box falls straight to Manduca, who makes no mistake from six yards!
    • 71' Paulo Jorge and Paulo Jorge are both booked by the Spanish referee, who is very quick to reach into his pocket.
    • 70' Zenit were very casual throughout the first have but really have stepped up a gear after the break and look very comfortable.
    • 69' Chiotis is soon back to feet to get the game back underway.
    • 68' Zenit corner. Danny chips it in but APOEL keeper Chiotis is fouled while rising to catch the ball. Free-kick.
    • 67' APOEL SUB: Jahic replaces Marcinho.
    • 66' Danny plays another superb through-ball but Kerzhakov blazes his shot high and wide from the edge of the box!
    • 65' Danny gets to the byline and cuts the ball back but Kerzhakov's volley is too high. Zenit have the wind in their sails.
    • 64' That was a superbly worked goal..
    • 63' GOAL! Danny drives forward in the right channel and plays an inch-perfect through-ball to Zyryanov, who makes no mistake in finishing from 12 yards!
    • 61' Kerzhakov moves wide and sees his first cross blocked, before regaining possession but once again failing to find a Zenit shirt.
    • 60' It looks like APOEL are preparing to make a sub.
    • 59' Kerzhakov is livid after an attempted long pass ends nowhere near him.
    • 58' Whistles are ringing around the stadium, with the home fans unhappy at the amount of possession Zenit are enjoying.
    • 57' Danny aims the free-kick towards Lombaerts but a APOEL defender gets there first and heads clear.
    • 56' Danny releases Kerzhakov in the left channel and APOEL keeper Chiotis rushes from goal to challenge the Zenit winger, fouling and giving away a free-kick in the process.
    • 55' Ailton rises to meet a cross but can't direct his header on target.
    • 52' Zenit have lost their last two European away games, in the Europa League last season.
    • 51' Kerzhakov rises to meet a lofted through-ball but can't test APOEL keeper Chiotis with his tame header.
    • 50' That really was a terrific save from Malafeev.
    • 49' Great save! Trickovski and Ailton exchange passes in the box before Trickovski shoots but Malafeev gets down quickly to keep out the Macedonian's snap-shot.
    • 48' Criscito is back to his feet and Zenit give the ball back to APOEL.
    • 47' Manduca puts the ball out of play so Zenit's Italian international Criscito can receive treatment after an innocuous challenge.
    • 46' APOEL get the second 45 underway.
    • 45+1' The referee's seen enough and blows up for half-time. This has been far from a classic.
    • 45' Danny cuts in from the left and drives forward before picking out Zyryanov, who screws his shot across the face of goal.
    • 43' There's not been a great deal of quality in this first half. Can either side create something in these final few minutes?
    • 42' It looks like there will be one minute of stoppage time.
    • 41' Zenit corner. Danny floats the ball to the edge of the box but Criscito horribly mis-cues his volley. The visitors were attempting a Paul Scholes special there.
    • 40' Tonight's referee is Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez from Spain.
    • 39' Oliveira is booked for going through the back of Kerzhakov.
    • 38' Trickovski shows terrific strength to get away from Lombaerts and lets fly from just inside the box with a fierce shot which whistles past Malafeev's post!
    • 37' Hmm, what was Danny up to there? The Portuguese forward attempt to cross with the outside of his right foot but instead puts the ball out for a goal-kick.
    • 36' Hold on, the referee didn't see that and has given a goal-kick. Danny vents his anger at the ref and is booked for his troubles.
    • 35' Danny plays it short to Kerzhakov, whose cross is taken off the head of Lombaerts and glanced out for another corner.
    • 34' Zenit earn their first corner.
    • 32' Danny breaks and finds Kerzhakov to his right, but the Russian greedily goes for goal from distance and sees his shot blocked.
    • 31' Bruno Alves breathes a sign of relief after initially being turned by Ailton, who then tugged his opponents shirt in an attempt to get past. Free-kick.
    • 30' Kerzhakov latches onto a lofted through-ball but the flag is quickly up for offside.
    • 29' Bruno Alves is shown the first yellow card of the game for pulling back Ailton.
    • 28' Zenit patiently keep possession, slowly working the ball from left to right, looking for space ahead.
    • 27' Ailton certainly looks APOEL most likely architecht.
    • 26' Malafeev requires treatment after taking a knock to his knee while making that save.
    • 25' Ailton bursts through the middle but can't quite get the ball out of his feet and sees his chip superbly saved by Malafeev, who was quick to close down the angle.
    • 24' Lombaerts sends forward a long, high, aimless ball which drifts through to APOEL keeper Chiotis.
    • 23' Kerzhakov goes for goal from distance but sees his shot blocked. Zenit are beginning to find their feet and are showing more promise going forward.
    • 22' Danny balloons the free-kick over a host of Zenit players waiting in the box and out for a goal-kick. What a waste.
    • 21' What can the Russians make of this?
    • 20' Zenit are given a free-kick in a dangerous position - on the left side of the box close to the byline - after Kerzhakov is fouled.
    • 18' Ailton turns his man but can't find the pass at the end of it. The Brazilian, who thinks he's been fouled, turns to the ref in frustration.
    • 17' Porto are hosting Shakhtar Donetsk, who lead 1-0, in tonight's other Group G clash. Follow that game here.
    • 16' Danny looks to work a yard of space on the edge of the box but is forced to go backwards before finding Criscito, who nips to the byline but runs the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
    • 15' Kerzhakov cuts a frustrated figure for Zenit. The Russian striker has had very little service in the opening 15 minutes.
    • 14' APOEL player Kontis played every minute of his side's qualifying campaign but was forced to retire after suffering a heart attack after the game against AEK on August 29!
    • 13' Zenit looked to counter but another sloppy long ball hands possession back to the hosts.
    • 12' Ailton shows quick feet to flick the ball round to Marcinho, but he's quickly crowded out by white shirts on the edge of the Zenit box and loses possession.
    • 11' Eleven minutes on the clock, and neither keeper has been tested yet.
    • 10' George has posted his prediction - APOEL 1-3 Zenit - in the comments section below. What's your prediction?
    • 9' Danny's sloppy cross-field ball gifts APOEL possession. Zenit will need to do better than that going forward if they're to come out of this game with anything.
    • 8' APOEL are dominating possession in these early exchanges, but without putting the Zenit defence under too much pressure.
    • 7' This is the third time a Cypriot side has reached the group stages of the Champions League in the last four seasons (Anorthosis Famagusta in 2008/09, APOEL in 2009/10 and 2011/12).
    • 6' Barcelona have gone behind against AC Milan at the Nou Camp! Follow that game here.
    • 5' Ailton is playing as a lone striker for APOEL, although that just means he'll have the freedom of the front line. The Brazilian's already working the channels.
    • 4' Ailton has his first spell on the ball, getting to the byline and winning a corner. It's played short before Manduca reaches the cross with a weak shot that's blocked and cleared.
    • 3' APOEL are wearing their traditional home kit - yellow shirt, blue shorts and yellow socks - while Zenit are in their all-white away strip.
    • 2' Zenit have lined up with three central defenders. With that in mind, how expansive will the Russian side be?
    • 1' And we're off! Zenit get the game underway...
    • 19:40 The teams are walking out of the tunnel... here we go!
    • 19:35 APOEL Nicosia and Zenit St Petersburg have never met in UEFA competition. In fact, neither club has played a team from the opposing country.
    • 19:30 Ailton Jose Almeida is APOEL's key protagonist, with the Brazilian netting four times in five appearances during his side's qualifying campaign.
    • 19:25 Aleksandr Kerzhakov is the man to watch in Zenit's line-up, having bagged 13 goals in 19 appearances thus far in the Russian Premier League.
    • 19:20 APOEL NICOSIA: Chiotis, Poursaitides, Paulo Jorge, Marcelo Oliveira, Boaventura, Trickovski, Pinto, Morais, Manduca, Almeida, Marcinho... Subs: Kissas, Jahic, Solari, Charalambidis, Adorno, Alexandrou, Solomou /// ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG: Malafeev, Aniukov, Hubocan, Bruno Alves, Lombaerts, Criscito, Denisov, Shirokov, Zyryanov, Kerzhakov, Danny... Subs: Zhevnov, Lazovic, Bukharov, Rosina, Faitzulin, Huszti, Lukovic
    • 19:15 Six Zenit players were on Euro 2012 qualifying duty for Russia earlier this month, contributing to a 1-0 victory over Macedonia before a 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland. Four APOEL players appeared in both games as Cyprus lost 4-0 at home to Portugal and 1-0 in Iceland.
    • 19:10 Eight Champions League matches are set to kick off at 19:45 - keep tabs on all the action here.
    • 19:05 Excluding qualifiers, APOEL have only won one of their last 33 games in European competition.
    • 19:00 This is also the second time Zenit have qualified for the group stages. The Russian side's first campaign, in 2008/09, ended in a third place finish in a group containing Juventus, Real Madrid and BATE Borisov.
    • 18:55 APOEL Nicosia are taking part in their second Champions League campaign, after 2009/10 when they finished bottom of a group containing Chelsea, Porto and Atletico Madrid after drawing three games and losing the other three.
    • 18:50 This is, of course, the first evening of action in the 2011/12 Champions League group stages. Porto host Shakhtar Donetsk in the other Group G tie.
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Champions League clash between APOEL Nicosia and Zenit St. Petersburg at the GSP-Stadion in Cyprus.
  • Summary

    • 89' Faitzulin floats in a lovely cross but Lombaerts' header is just wide!
    • 87' Zenit are just inches away from equalising! Faitzulin jabs the ball goalwards and beats Chiotis but sees his shot come back off the post!
    • 76' It's gone from bad to worse for Zenit! Bruno Alves brings down Ailton to stop Ailton breaking forward and the Portugese defender is shown his second yellow card. The visitors are down to 10 men!
    • 75' GOAL! The game has been turn on its head! Ailton latches onto a neat through-ball on the left side of the box and curls his finish past Malafeev and into the far corner!
    • 73' GOAL! Manduca equalises! A mis-cued shot from the edge of the box falls straight to Manduca, who makes no mistake from six yards!
    • 66' Danny plays another superb through-ball but Kerzhakov blazes his shot high and wide from the edge of the box!
    • 65' Danny gets to the byline and cuts the ball back but Kerzhakov's volley is too high. Zenit have the wind in their sails.
    • 63' GOAL! Danny drives forward in the right channel and plays an inch-perfect through-ball to Zyryanov, who makes no mistake in finishing from 12 yards!
    • 55' Ailton rises to meet a cross but can't direct his header on target.
    • 49' Great save! Trickovski and Ailton exchange passes in the box before Trickovski shoots but Malafeev gets down quickly to keep out the Macedonian's snap-shot.
    • 45' Danny cuts in from the left and drives forward before picking out Zyryanov, who screws his shot across the face of goal.
    • 38' Trickovski shows terrific strength to get away from Lombaerts and lets fly from just inside the box with a fierce shot which whistles past Malafeev's post!
    • 25' Ailton bursts through the middle but can't quite get the ball out of his feet and sees his chip superbly saved by Malafeev, who was quick to close down the angle.
    • 19:20 APOEL NICOSIA: Chiotis, Poursaitides, Paulo Jorge, Marcelo Oliveira, Boaventura, Trickovski, Pinto, Morais, Manduca, Almeida, Marcinho... Subs: Kissas, Jahic, Solari, Charalambidis, Adorno, Alexandrou, Solomou /// ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG: Malafeev, Aniukov, Hubocan, Bruno Alves, Lombaerts, Criscito, Denisov, Shirokov, Zyryanov, Kerzhakov, Danny... Subs: Zhevnov, Lazovic, Bukharov, Rosina, Faitzulin, Huszti, Lukovic

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • APOEL Nicosia

    Manager: Ivan Jovanovic

  • Zenit St. Petersburg

    Manager: Luciano Spalletti

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