Tuesday November 6, 2012 Group Stage: Group C Finished Stade Constant Vanden Stock

Anderlecht 1 - 0 Zenit St. Petersburg

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  1. Champions League - Mbokani keeps Anderlecht's European dreams alive

    Champions League - Mbokani keeps Anderlecht's European dreams alive

    Anderlecht kept their Champions League dreams alive with an impressive 1-0 home victory over an underwhelming Zenit St Petersburg. More

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    Time:90'
    • Anderlecht
    • Zenit St. Petersburg
    • 90+2' And there goes the final whistle. A hugely important win for Anderlecht that keeps their Champions League hopes alive. Well deserved.
    • 90+2' Criscito whips in a free-kick but Anderlecht are able to clear the danger.
    • 90+1 Yakovenko booked for a late challenge.
    • 90' Alves booked for a late challenge
    • 88' Shirokov booked for dissent.
    • 87' Mbokani with a barn-storming run. He tries to play in Kanu but the substitute takes one touch to many and gets tackled when an early shot looked the best option.
    • 86' Kanu picks up the ball from 25 yards out and lashes it at goal but it was always going high and wide.
    • 84' Anderlecht are doing well to keep the ball in Zenit's half. The away side can't get the ball at the moment.
    • 82' A real let off for Zenit there.
    • 82' A great chance for Anderlecht to win it as Yakovenko hits the bar following Mbokani's flick on from Jovanovic's cross.
    • 82' Zenit can't keep hold of the ball at the minute.
    • 81' Shirokov agains concedes possession very cheaply.
    • 80' Shirokov just overhits his pass to Anyukov who had made a decent run down the right. Brings an end to a promising Zenit move.
    • 79' Kanu comes on for Praet. A great performance from Praet tonight. The crowd show their appreciation.
    • 79' Danny makes a great run behind the Anderlecht defence but is ruled offside just as he closes in on goal.
    • 78' Milan have equalised through Pato.
    • 78' Zenit have used up all their subs now.
    • 77' Bystrov is replaced by Kanunnikov. He faded badly after a strong start to the game.
    • 76' Zenit have faded a little since their impressive spell earlier. Not looking like finding that elusive equaliser at the minute.
    • 75' Jovanovic tries to pick out Mbokani in the box but the striker just fails to reach it. Praet fizzes it back in but Zenit get it clear.
    • 73' Mbokani tries to fight his way past the Zenit defence but Hubocan does well to dispossess the striker.
    • 74' Anderlecht win a free-kick after Denisov handles the ball.
    • 72' Bruno comes off for Jakovenko. Impressive performance from Bruno tonight.
    • 71' Biglia does well to dispossess Shirkov and is then brought down to win a free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 70' Jovanovic receives the ball from Kljestan in space but his touch lets him down just as it looked like he was moving into a dangerous position.
    • 69' Alves comes on for Lombaerts. The Belgian must have an injury problem.
    • 67' Mbokani is down again after receving Lombaerts' head directly into his face.
    • 66' Anderlecht realling threatening now. Biglia does superbly as he beats a man in the box and tries to pull it back across goal but it is deflected off for a corner.
    • 65' A real chance wasted for Anderlecht there as Bruno breaks superbly down the right but is unable to pull his pass back to the Praet who was waiting on the edge of the area in space ready to pull the trigger.
    • 64' Mbokani is hogging the left touchline at the moment and pulling the Zenit centre backs out of position. Clever play from the striker.
    • 63' Some expert defending from Kouyate averts some potential danger from Zenit with Bystrov threatening down the right.
    • 62' It seems like Anderlecht are happy to sit back in this half and try and hit Zenit on the counter when they have poured one to many men forward.
    • 61' A chance for Zenit as Danny picks out the run of Kerzhakov with a fine ball over the top of the defence but the striker fails to get any proper contact on his header.
    • 61' It's all Zenit at the minute. Witsel is a different player to the one who was out here in the first half. He's starting to have an influence.
    • 59' Witsel drives forward and finds Kerzhakov but the striker is just unable to pick out the run of Danny.
    • 58' Now can Zenit build on that chance? They've certainly improved in this second half.
    • 57' Proto produces a fine save as he gets down low to deny Witsel who connects perfectly with a first-time strike from the edge of the box.
    • 56' Safari goes into the book for a late challenge on Anyukov. A rather theatrical dive there.
    • 55' Bruno has looked a real threat down that right-hand side all night.
    • 54' Praet was inches away from releasing Bruno down the right with a chipped ball but he struggles to get it out from beneath his feet and underhits it as a result.
    • 53' He's up and running again now though.
    • 52' Mbokani is down clutching his neck. Anderlecht won't want to lose him after the impact he has had tonight.
    • 51' Witsel searches for the run of Danny with a long cross-field ball but it falls just short and lands on an Anderlecht defender's head.
    • 50' Bruno breaks with a superb injection of pace but his run is cut short by Criscito before he can deliver a cross.
    • 49' Witsel gives away a sloppy free kick. The big-money signing has had a poor game so far.
    • 48' Malaga are 1-0 up at AC Milan by the way. The league leaders will have four wins out of four if they keep this up.
    • 47' Mbokani continuing where he left off. Proving a nuisance to the Zenit defence and chasing every clearance down.
    • 46' A heavy challenge from Denisov on Bruno brings about a free kick for Anderlecht.
    • 45' And we're off...
    • 45' Danny comes on for Semak after the break. Zenit will be hoping the subsitute can inject some pace into their attacks.
    • 45+1' And there goes the half time whistle. Anderlecht will be delighted with that. A strong performance all over the pitch, capped off by a great goal from Mbokani.
    • 45+1' Anyukov makes a great run down the right and goes down just on the edge of the area but no foul given. Much to the right back's anger.
    • 45' Semak tries to pick out Bystrov with a clever through ball, but the attacker is once again offside.
    • 44' Praet works it to Bruno who sends a low ball into the box but Zenit get it clear.
    • 43 Anderlecht happy to sit ten men behind the ball at the moment with Zenit struggling to create anything that will pose them a problem.
    • 42' Spalletti is not looking too pleased on the touchline with his side's first half performance.
    • 41' Mbokani is chasing down every Zenit ball. Working his socks off.
    • 40' Zenit seeing a lot more of the ball now. Semak tries to force his way into the area but is tackled by Nuytinck.
    • 39' Anderlecht break with Bruno down the right but Praet evenutally runs into a brick wall.
    • 38' A lovely turn from Praet who plays it to Gilet but the move comes to end after a poor ball from the right back.
    • 37' Witsel shown the yellow for a late challenge on Kouyate. Unlucky as the defender had overrun the ball.
    • 36' Bystrov plays in Shirokov down the right but Proto is able to smother his cross before Kerzhakov can get to it.
    • 35' Gillet brought down by Denisov for a free-kick.
    • 33' Hubocan plays a long ball over the top to Bystrov but the Anderlecht defence are able to deal with it effectively.
    • 32' Zenit again playing it around nicely but can find no way through Anderlecht's organised set-up.
    • 31' Shirokov searches for Anyukov with a ball down the right-hand side but he overhits it and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 30' Bystrov is ruled offside after being played through on goal.
    • 30' Zenit passing it around patiently, waiting for a gap to open up.
    • 28' Safari does really well down the left to beat two men but his final delivery is poor and easily dealt with by the Zenit defence.
    • 27' Witsel goes down on the edge of the area in what would have been a dangerous position for a free-kick but the referee waves play on.
    • 26' The away side are losing the midfield battle and Witsel particularly needs to step up his game.
    • 25' Anderlecht well on top but you do feel Zenit have the quality on the break to create something.
    • 24' Anderlecht close to making it two as Malafeev pulls off an excellent stop to deny a Jovanovic effort from the edge of the area.
    • 23' Shirokov plays an inch-perfect 20-yard pass to Semak but the Zenit man is offside.
    • 22' Kljestan looks to find Mbokani but the striker is offside.
    • 21' Jovanovic tries to pick out the run of Bruno but his pass is intercepted.
    • 20' Anderlecht with a nice spell of possession at the minute. Kljestan and Biglia keeping things ticking over.
    • 18' Anderlecht probably deserve the lead. A great start from the home side. Although Zenit themselves have seemed dangerous. Definitely a few goals in this one.
    • 17' Goal for Anderlecht. Mbokani plays a lovely one-two with Kljestan before dinking the ball over Malafeev in goal. Wonferful finish.
    • 16' Zenit come close again as Shirokov opens up the defence with a ball to Bystrov but his cross is smothered by Proto.
    • 15' It's Gillet this time who sends a ball into the box to Mbokani but his cross is just overhit.
    • 14' Anderlecht will be pleased with this period of play. They are pinning Zenit right back into their own half.
    • 13' Anderlecht continue to pile on the pressure and are nearly rewarded as Bruno forces his way into the box and pulls the ball back across but nobody is there.
    • 12' Mbokani is Anderlecht's focal point tonight. Everything is being aimed in at him .
    • 11' Both sides are showing how desperate they are for the win tonight in their style of play.
    • 10' Biglia whips in a corner but Witsel is first to get his head to the ball and clear. Jovanovic sends in another ball to Mbokani but his header is way off target.
    • 8' Another decent chance for Zenit as Bystrov does well to turn and pick out Semak in the box. The attacker brings the ball down nicely but fails to get his shot on target. Should have done better.
    • 8' It's been a good start to the game with both sides showing their attacking intent early on.
    • 7' Anderlecht dispossess the opposition and counter, with Bruno fizzing in a ball into the box. However the Zenit defence are able to deal with it.
    • 6' Zenit now starting to play the ball around nicely as Denisov gets on the ball and sprays it around.
    • 5' Zenit with their first chance of the game as Lombaerts shoots from the edge of the box following a cleared corner, but Proto makes a good save.
    • 4' Mbokani gets on the ball again and tries to pick out out Praet in a dangerous position but his pass is slightly underhit.
    • 4' Biglia tries to pick out the lively Mbokani but he just overhits it.
    • 3' A decent start from Anderlecht. They will be happy with this early pressure on the Zenit defence.
    • 2' Biglia whips in a free-kick from the right for Anderlecht but it fails to beat the first man and is cleared.
    • 1' Anderlecht have the first chanc of the game with Jovanovic picking oyut Mbokani, but the striker is unable to bring the ball down in the box and is eventuallly tackled.
    • 1' And we're off. Anderlecht playing from left to right and Zenit from right to left.
    • 19:43 The teams are out. Anderlecht will be lining up in their purple strip, while Zenit will be in their white kit. We're moments way from kick-off.
    • 19:40 There have been 28 goals scored in Anderlecht’s five home games against Russian opponents in European competition. So hopefully we'll see some goals tonight then...
    • 19:35 Anderlecht have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the competition with just three. They also have the worst shooting accuracy in the competition, hitting the target with just 13% of their attempts. Not good reading for Anderlecht fans.
    • 19:30 Here's an interesting fact for you. Zenit have two Belgians in their starting line-up, in Axel Witsel and Nicolas Lombaerts, while hosts Anderlecht have just four.
    • 19:25 Tonight's referee is Antony Gautier from France. He will be taking charge of only his second ever Champions League match.
    • 19:20 Both sides come into tonght's game off the back of a league win. Anderlecht saw off Mechelen 4-1, while Zenit beat Rostov 2-1. The Belgian side sit second in their league table and the Russians are third in theirs.
    • 19:15 Both sides will be keeping an eye on proceedings in Milan tonight, with the Italians taking on group leaders Malaga. A fourth straight win for the Spanish side and it looks like it might be a shootout between the winner in Brussels and Milan for second place. So all to play for....
    • 19:10 A look at the Group C table shows you how tight it is down there. Both teams are in search of the win so that they can keep up with AC Milan, with Malaga currently flying high at the top. Click here to check out the Group C standings.
    • 19:05 Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti is also aware of the huge importance of the game: "Both sides have to win. We will see how the game starts and develops, and each team will have to adapt to what happens. Both teams play an attacking game, and I think both will play that way because they need the points."
    • 19:05 Zenit won when the two sides met last time out and Anderlecht manager Van den Brom realises his side need a result tonight: "The result at Zenit means there is more pressure on this match. If we still want to do something in Europe then we will have to win. Zenit are in a good situation but they also need to win here to stay in the Champions League after the winter."
    • 19:00 Both sides will be looking for a win tonight if they are hoping to keep their Champions League dream alive. Anderlecht have not won any of their last ten Champions League home games while Zenit have not won any of of their last seven European games away from home. So neither team will be feeling particularly confident...
    • 18:55 Luciano Spalletti makes two changes to the Zenit side that beat Anderlecht 1-0 two weeks ago, with Igor Denisov and Vladimir Bystrov entering the fray in place of Viktor Fayzulin and the injured Hulk. How big a blow will Hulk's absence prove to be?
    • 18:55 Anderlecht boss John van den Brom has resisted the temptation to field both Dieudonné Mbokani and Tom De Sutter, leaving De Sutter on the bench despite his five goals in the last two games.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Anderlecht: Proto, Nuytinck, Kouyaté, Safari, Biglia, Kljestan, Praet, Gillet, Jovanović, Mbokani, Bruno. Subs: Kaminski, Odoi, Juhász, Molins, Kanu, Yakovenko, De Sutter. /// Zenit: Malafeev, Anyukov, Criscito, Lombaerts, Hubočan, Shirokov, Semak, Denisov, Witsel, Bystrov, Kerzhakov. Subs: Baburin, Bruno Alves, Zyryanov, Fayzulin, Bukharov, Danny, Kanunnikov.
    • 18:45 Welcome to coverage of the Champions League Group C match between Anderlecht and Zenit St Petersburg at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock.
  • Summary

    • 82' A great chance for Anderlecht to win it as Yakovenko hits the bar following Mbokani's flick on from Jovanovic's cross.
    • 57' Proto produces a fine save as he gets down low to deny Witsel who connects perfectly with a first-time strike from the edge of the box.
    • 24' Anderlecht close to making it two as Malafeev pulls off an excellent stop to deny a Jovanovic effort from the edge of the area.
    • 17' Goal for Anderlecht. Mbokani plays a lovely one-two with Kljestan before dinking the ball over Malafeev in goal. Wonferful finish.
    • 8' Another decent chance for Zenit as Bystrov does well to turn and pick out Semak in the box. The attacker brings the ball down nicely but fails to get his shot on target. Should have done better.
    • 5' Zenit with their first chance of the game as Lombaerts shoots from the edge of the box following a cleared corner, but Proto makes a good save.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Anderlecht: Proto, Nuytinck, Kouyaté, Safari, Biglia, Kljestan, Praet, Gillet, Jovanović, Mbokani, Bruno. Subs: Kaminski, Odoi, Juhász, Molins, Kanu, Yakovenko, De Sutter. /// Zenit: Malafeev, Anyukov, Criscito, Lombaerts, Hubočan, Shirokov, Semak, Denisov, Witsel, Bystrov, Kerzhakov. Subs: Baburin, Bruno Alves, Zyryanov, Fayzulin, Bukharov, Danny, Kanunnikov.
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