Tuesday December 4, 2012 Group Stage: Group C Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan 0 - 1 Zenit St. Petersburg

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  1. Champions League - Zenit beat AC Milan to claim Europa spot

    Champions League - Zenit beat AC Milan to claim Europa spot

    Zenit St Petersburg beat 1-0 AC Milan at the San Siro to finish third in Group C of the Champions League. More

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    Time:90'
    • AC Milan
    • Zenit St. Petersburg
    • 90+5' Zenit St Petersburg beat AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro, to finish in third place in Champions League Group C. AC Milan qualify for the knockout stages after finishing second to Malaga in Group C, while Zenit make it through to the Europa League.
    • 90+4' El Shaarawy is well wide with an ambitious effort.
    • 90+3' Kanunnikov forces a great save from Abbiati, but Denisov wanted to walk the ball into the net!
    • 90+2' Kanunnikov cuts in from the left, but Acerbi nakes another crucial challenge.
    • 90+1' Michael Lumb replaces Semak. Bojan is also off replaced by Petagna.
    • 90' Five minutes of additional time. It is now Malaga 2-2 Anderlecht.
    • 89' Alves again checks Bojan, and the Spaniard is forced wide.
    • 88' The previously impassive Spalletti is now roaring at his players from the touchline.
    • 87' Maksim Kanunnikov replaces Shirokov.
    • 86' Robinho is unhappy with an Alves challenge and reacts. Alves gets the yellow card, even though he won the ball cleanly. Alves will miss Zenit's next European match. Robinho gets a yellow for his protest.
    • 85' El Shaarawy makes room in the area to get past Alves aftre being fed by Emanuelson, but his low shot is just wide of the far post.
    • 84' Zenit make heavy weather of clearing the ball away from Pazzini. Milan are stretching the Russians defence here.
    • 83' Emanuelson finds Robinho, who drops the shoulder on Anyukov but sees his curling shot float just past Malafeev's far post.
    • 82' I f you trust my reading of body language!
    • 81' Hulk and Spalletti are having words on the bench. Hulk is making a gesture that suggests "I have had enough".
    • 80' El Shaarawy shows a nice bit of skill with his first touch, but the impressive Zenit defence again clear up.
    • 79' The in-form El Shaarawy replaces Flamini for Milan.
    • 78' First substitiution for Zenit. Hulk is replaced by one of the goalscorers in Manchester in the Uefa Cup final of 2008, Konstanin Zyryanov.
    • 77' This is a very underwhelming game, though Robinho has threatened to make something happen in the last few moments.
    • 75' Anyukov makes another clearance, this time right into he delicate bits of Acerbi. He bravely soldiers on though.
    • 73' Robinho delays his pass on the edge of the area and finds Bojan, but the 22-year-old takes a second touch in the area and Anyukov is able to tackle.
    • 72' Robinho tries to put Pazzini through but the impressive Lombaerts clears.
    • 71' Witsel concedes a foul by the corner flag and Zenit's momentum is gone.
    • 70' Zapata clears as Witsel tries to play in Shirokov in the six-yard box. The 4,000 Zenit fans start chanting. They sound like mooing cows.
    • 69' Boateng fouls Witsel just past the halfway line, but Milan press well and the ball is forced back to Malafeev.
    • 68' Acerbi again gets the better of the disappointing Hulk.
    • 67' Bojan is unable to beat Lombaerts down the right, then the move breaks down as Boateng miscontrols.
    • 66' A spritely Robinho finds Bojan, who finds Boateng in turn, but his shot from 30 yards is well over.
    • 65' Has Emanuelson gone to left-back? I was too busy revelling in my pun to notice, but I think he has.
    • 64' Robinho is replacing Daniel Mesbah. All together now, to the sound of the Clash. "Replace the Mesbah, Replace the Mesbah."
    • 63' Spalletti is pacing on the touchline. His moustache is very 'between the wars dandy'. He does realise it is not Movember any more, right?
    • 62' Acerbi runs into the box, but Semak tackles superbly. Malaga are back in front in Spain, and lead Anderlecht 2-1.
    • 61' Bojan then tries a very optimistic effort that soars well wide.
    • 60' Pazzini finds space in the box to get onto Emanuelson's cross from the left, but his header is wide.
    • 59' Zenit break through Danny, but Semak's eventual shot from 35 yards trickles through to Abbiati.
    • 58' Hulk opens up and shoots left-footed from 25 yards, but Zapata gets in the way and Abbiati is able to gather the ball.
    • 57' Flamini catches Hubocan with an elbow and gets a yellow card.
    • 56' Mesbah nips in to take the ball off Witsel, but Flamini shoots wide.
    • 55' Milan are showing some good stuff now, but Zenit break and Acerbi again intercepts crucially as Hulk tries to thread in Shirokov.
    • 54' It is now Malaga 1-1 Anderlecht. So Zenit will need to be aware of that.
    • 53' What a save by Malafeev. The Zenit keeper does brilliantly to deny Pazzini with his feet from Boateng's cross from the left.
    • 52' Boateng crosses from the left, but Lombaerts heads clear under pressure from Bojan.
    • 51' Bojan over-elaborates on the edge of the Zenit box and the Russians are able to clear.
    • 50' Danny drives at the Milan defence after Emanuelson loses the ball to Witsel, but Acerbi makes the tackle in the area.
    • 49' The Milan crowd are roused into chorus as Mesbah and Boateng break down the right. Semak then fouls Ambrosini.
    • 48' Danny, or is it Hubocan, concedes a free-kick now. This is a very bitty start to the second half.
    • 47' Boateng gets a clatter to his head and wins a free-kick. Immediately, Ambrosini is penalised for a foul on Semak.
    • 46' Hulk immediately gets a yellow card for handball! He is not on a previous yellow though.
    • 46' Zenit in blue kick off the second half.
    • 45' Referee Chapron adds on just a minute of additional time. The half ends AC Milan 0-1 Zenit. As it stands, Zenit will qualify for the Europa League spot in Group C, as Anderlecht are losing against Malaga.
    • 45' Hulk breaks down the right, confronted by Zapata, but his pass towards Semak is misplaced.
    • 44' Pazzini leaps for a free-kick from the left but his header trickles well wide. Malaga are 1-0 up against Anderlecht.
    • 43' Lombaerts heads away De Sciglio's whipped-in free-kick from the right.
    • 42' Lombaerts gets a yellow card for handball as he leaps for a ball with Boateng.
    • 41' The cameras have just picked out Fabio Capello in the crowd. I wonder if he thinks there may soon be a vacancy at AC Milan?
    • 40' Zenit are slow to deal with Flamini on the area, and Malafeev is forced into an untidy save from the Frenchman's shot.
    • 39' Mesbah finds Bojan in the area with a cross from the left, but Alves again shepherd the ball away for a corner.
    • 37' Boating slips in Ambrosini down he right hand side of the Zenit area, then Bojan goes close with an acrobatic overhead kick.
    • 36' That was not bad movement for a man who has missed nine months with a cruciate injury!
    • 35' That was great awareness and movement from the Portuguese. This is the second consecutive Champions League game he has scored in after his strike against Malaga on Matchday 5.
    • 34' GOAL: Zenit take the lead through the captain Danny. Ambrosini tackles Semak in the area, but the 29-year-old reacts quickest to steer the loose ball low past Abbiati.
    • 33' A great cross finally arrives from De Sciglio from the right, but Mesbah handballs as he attempts to head at the far post.
    • 32' Hulk then elbows Zapata in the throat. Still no yellow from referee Chapron.
    • 31' Hulk does not look great playing through the centre - Zenit are missing the injured Kerzhakov.
    • 30' Boateng wins a free-kick and takes it quickly. Alves again breaks up the attack. He then deals with another poor cross from the right by De Sciglio.
    • 29' Lombaerts heads away under pressure from Pazzini, then Zenit break and Danny finds Hulk down the right-hand side of the area, but Acerbi shepherds the ball back to his goalkeeper.
    • 28' Zenit's defence are slow to close down Emanuelson, but his shot is well wide. Spalletti is not impressed by Zenit's defending, though.
    • 27' Alves goes into the back of Pazzini, but the referee blows for a handball against the Italian.
    • 26' Hulk is beaten to a ball over the top by goalkeeper Abbiati.
    • 24' De Sciglio is wasteful again down the right, then Emanuelson sees a threaded pass blocked by the resolute Zenit defence.
    • 23' Mesbah catches Anyukov down the right flank (of the pitch, rather than the body!), but the Russian eventually gets up.
    • 22' Danny overruns the ball on the edge of the Milan box and loses the ball. Milan break and Flamini shoots wide from the right channel.
    • 21' Zapata gambles at the far post and runs onto Pazzini's header from the corner, but the Colombian is off balance and shoots over.
    • 20' De Sciglio puts in a great cross from the right but Lombaerts clears under pressure from Giampaolo Pazzini.
    • 19' Hulk ramages down the right channel, but Acerbi does wonderfully well to rob the ball off the Brazilian striker.
    • 18' Semak picks it up on the right and cuts inside, but his shot is over Christian Abbiati's crossbar.
    • 17' It is goalless between Malaga and Anderlecht so far, so as it stands Zenit are going through to the Europa League.
    • 16' The stats say that possession is 50-50. Not a lot has happened so far to get the 29,000 in the stadium on their feet. There are around 4,000 visiting fans.
    • 15' Alves heads away Emanuelson's cross after a strange Bojan corner, then Zenit goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev easily catches Boateng's cross from the left.
    • 14' De Sciglio's poor cross eventually finds Emanuelson, but the ball hits Alves and goes for a corner.
    • 12' That is a good move down the right from Zenit but Axel Witsel is unable to keep the ball in play.
    • 11' Hulk pushes Zapata out of the way as he runs onto a loose ball. The Brazilian living up to his name there.
    • 10' Danny tries to run onto a one-two on the edge of the area but is blocked by Ambrosini. Again there is no foul.
    • 9' De Sciglio wins a corner of Lombaerts on the right, but Bojan's corner does not beat the first man on the near post.
    • 8' Hulk trips Ambrosini in the centre and Emanuelson breaks from the free-kick, but his optimistic shot is blocked on the edge of the area.
    • 7' Hulk is left free 15 yards from goal but his header is weak and wide.
    • 6' Hulk drifts to the right and wins a corner, which ends up at the feet of Roman Shirokov but his volley rolls out of play.
    • 4' Pazzini is pulled to the floor by Bruno Alves after an Ambrosini header following a corner, but referee Tony Chapron inexplicably waves play on.
    • 3' De Sciglio wins a free-kick on the right, then Mesbah wins a corner down the left for Milan.
    • 2' A Zenit attack down the ight grinds to a halt, then Bojan wins a throw down the left for Milan, but it comes to nothing.
    • 1' Milan in red and black kick off from left to right.
    • 19:43 Allegri and Spalletti are chatting away as the Champions League anthem rings out.
    • 19:41 A very tanned Silvio Berlusconi shakes hands with the match officials. I can't see if there were any €500 notes in the palm of his hands.
    • 19:40 As you can imagine with nothing really to play for Milan, there are not many people in the San Siro. Milan players are ambling down the tunnel now, wearing their usual red and black kit. Zenit still have their blue tracksuits on above their blue shirts.
    • 19:35 Milan fans worrying if things are not going well at half-time should relax. Of the 31 goals they have scored in all competitions this season, 22 have come in the second half.
    • 19:30 As coaches in Serie A, managers Spalletti and Allegri met only twice, in the 2008/09 season. Spalletti's Roma beat Allegri's Cagliari 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico and then came from two down to earn a 2-2 draw in Sardinia.
    • 19:25 Both sides are on the pitch and warming up.
    • 19:20 Zenit are third in the Russian Premier League after their 4-2 win over Spartak Moscow at the weekend. Milan are seventh in Serie A after their 3-1 win at Catania on Friday.
    • 19:15 Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti starts with Hulk at centre forward in place of the injured Aleksandr Kerzhakov, with Sergei Semak and captain Danny supporting from the flanks. Tomas Hubocan starts the game at left-back in place of the injured Domenico Criscito.
    • 19:10 Both sides are likely to play 4-3-3. Milan left back Djamel Mesbah makes only his second appearance of the season, while Stephan El Shaarawy is replaced by Giampaolo Pazzini up front and drops to the bench. Mathieu Flamini starts in the enforcer role in the Milan midfield.
    • 19:05 Zenit need to match or better Anderlecht's result to secure third spot and a place in the Europa League. The Russians beat fourth-placed Anderlecht 1-0 at home but lost by the same score in Belgium. Both teams have four points from five games but Zenit have a better goal difference.
    • 19:00 Milan have drawn their last three Champions League games at home, but Zenit have won just one of their 11 away matches in the Champions League, including the qualification rounds.
    • 18:55 For Zenit, Vladimir Bystrov is suspended following his dismissal in the 2-2 draw against Malaga on Matchday five, while Yuri Zhevnov, Domenico Criscito, Aleksandar Lukovic and Aleksandr Kerzhakov are all injured.
    • 18:50 Milan's Philippe Mexes is suspended, while Kevin Constant did not convince in a late fitness test. Daniele Bonera and Riccardo Montolivo are not risked as they are both one yellow away from a suspension.
    • 18:45 AC MILAN: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Acerbi, Mesbah; Flamini, Ambrosini, Emanuelson; Boateng, Pazzini, Krkic...Subs: Gabriel, Yepes, Nocerino, N de Jong, Robinho, El Shaarawy, Petagna...///ZENIT ST PETERSBURG: Malafeev; Anyukov, Alves, Lombaerts, Hubocan; Witsel, Shirokov, Denisov; Semak, Hulk, Danny...Subs: Baburin, Zuev, Lumb, Zyryanov, Evseev, Djordjevic, Kanunnikov.
    • 18:40 The Rossoneri are already guaranteed second place in Group C thanks to the 3-1 win away to Anderlecht in Matchday 5.
    • 18:35 Hello and welcome to Eurosport's coverage of the Champions League Group C match between AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg at the San Siro. If you want to, get in touch with Nick Royle via @nickaroyle on Twitter.
  • Summary

    • 85' El Shaarawy makes room in the area to get past Alves aftre being fed by Emanuelson, but his low shot is just wide of the far post.
    • 73' Robinho delays his pass on the edge of the area and finds Bojan, but the 22-year-old takes a second touch in the area and Anyukov is able to tackle.
    • 37' Boating slips in Ambrosini down he right hand side of the Zenit area, then Bojan goes close with an acrobatic overhead kick.
    • 34' GOAL: Zenit take the lead through the captain Danny. Ambrosini tackles Semak in the area, but the 29-year-old reacts quickest to steer the loose ball low past Abbiati.
    • 4' Pazzini is pulled to the floor by Bruno Alves after an Ambrosini header following a corner, but referee Tony Chapron inexplicably waves play on.
    • 18:45 AC MILAN: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Acerbi, Mesbah; Flamini, Ambrosini, Emanuelson; Boateng, Pazzini, Krkic...Subs: Gabriel, Yepes, Nocerino, N de Jong, Robinho, El Shaarawy, Petagna...///ZENIT ST PETERSBURG: Malafeev; Anyukov, Alves, Lombaerts, Hubocan; Witsel, Shirokov, Denisov; Semak, Hulk, Danny...Subs: Baburin, Zuev, Lumb, Zyryanov, Evseev, Djordjevic, Kanunnikov.
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    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Zenit St. Petersburg

    Manager: Luciano Spalletti

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      Substitution Out65′ 6.1 6
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      Yellow Card Substitution Out81′ 5.1 6
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      Substitution Out90′ 4.9 7
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  1. Milan could and should have won. They lost me a­ fourfold 20 quid for 260 quid as well. I know how you­ feel Jason. PEPE.

    From Pepe, on Wed 5 Dec 7:07
  2. I Hate Italian Football & Teams !!!

    From Ali, on Wed 5 Dec 5:23
  3. Minute 89 : Bruno Alves is an international for­ PORTUGAL, very well known in European football european­ (moved from FC Porto to FC Zenit).Is not SPANIARD ! A­ lit bit more of respect from one of the best (together­ with PEPE, from Real Madrid)defender in the last Euro­ in Ukraine/Poland... and for Portugal,that stil remain­ the most powerful small football Nation in World!

    From Genesio, on Wed 5 Dec 1:17
  4. Bravo Zenith - well done lads!

    From Ronaldinho, on Tue 4 Dec 22:21
  5. Perhaps he had a night in Milan worthy of Adriano or­ Ronnie Bucktooth and paid the price on the field­ today???

    From Maxx92, on Tue 4 Dec 21:27
  6. Replacing the Mesbah fits teh tempo of the song better.

    From Maxx92, on Tue 4 Dec 21:09
  7. Jason, if you were smart you would have known that­ Milan wouldn't play their first team players anyways­ since they are already qualified for the next round,­ while zenit plays with their best players, so your the­ dumb #$%$ here.

    From Mboy, on Tue 4 Dec 20:55
  8. MILAN ARE #$%$ LOSING ME 260 QUID

    From Jason, on Tue 4 Dec 20:42
  9. if youre an ac milan supporter, your team are a load of­ cheating italian posing #$%$! ALL FCKIN­ CORRUPT............... NOT EVEN TRYING TO WIN THE­ GAME....... HOW MUCH HAVE THE UKRAINE PAID THEM TO­ CHUCK THE GAME..#$%$!!!

    From Jason, on Tue 4 Dec 20:40
  10. forza milan

    From basel, on Tue 4 Dec 20:16
  11. ac milan is the best and hulk go back to porto!

    From Upeksha, on Tue 4 Dec 20:05
  12. Ambrosini appears to be everywhere. Not surprised. In­ every match I actually see, he works as hard as any­ player on the pitch.

    From Maxx92, on Tue 4 Dec 19:58
  13. or 3-0 ac milan boateng 24 pazzini 59 79

    From Jordan, on Tue 4 Dec 19:41
  14. 3 - 0 : El Shaarawy hatrick

    From A Yahoo! user, on Tue 4 Dec 19:17
  15. Зенит­ впере­ д

    From ??????, on Tue 4 Dec 18:14
  16. Forza,Zenit!!!

    From Alexander, on Tue 4 Dec 17:30
  17. Avanti Milan!!

    From Bsun, on Tue 4 Dec 16:55
  18. 2-1 ac milan boateng 21 danny 53 pazzini 69

    From Jordan, on Tue 4 Dec 12:53
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