Wednesday October 3, 2012 Group Stage: Group C Finished Petrovskiy

Zenit St. Petersburg 2 - 3 AC Milan

  • Hulk 45’
  • Shirokov 49’
  • Emanuelson 13’
  • El Shaarawy 16’
  • Hubocan 75’ (o.g.)

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  1. Champions League - Abbiati sparkles as Milan claim win at Zenit

    Champions League - Abbiati sparkles as Milan claim win at Zenit

    AC Milan saw Zenit recover from two goals down before completing a 3-2 away win over the Russian champions in their Group C match. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Zenit St. Petersburg
    • AC Milan
    • 90+4' Milan see out the match fairly comfortably. Could have gone either way, but the Milan players are celebrating. A 3-2 away win for the Italian side.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Change for Zenit as Bukharov is brought on for Lombaerts. Time the real enemy for Zenit now.
    • 87' Lombaerts brings Pazzini crashing to the deck with a late challenge.
    • 86' Hulk tries to tease a cross into the box before a thumping shot comes off the head of Abate and flies wildly away from goal.
    • 85' Shirokov has collected a booking for a late foul on Nigel de Jong.
    • 84' Yepes takes one for the team as he is booked for a late foul on Hulk. All Zenit now as they try to find this leveller.
    • 83' Witsel takes out Antonini with a late challenge. Time running out now for Zenit.
    • 82' Hulk tries to bundle his way through, but he is outmuscled by the Milan defenders. Goalkick to Milan.
    • 81' Abbiati throws himself to his right to paw out the volley from Anyukov from Hulk's corner. That ball was travelling. Brilliant stop again by the Milan man.
    • 80' Zenit have another free-kick on the edge of the Milan box after Nocerino takes out Hulk, who can only knock the free-kick into a two-man wall.
    • 79' Mario Yepes takes over from Boateng for Milan. Zenit having to defend a corner.
    • 78' Kanunnikov takes over from Fayzulin for the home side.
    • 77' El Shaarawy is penalised for a foul on Anyukov. Another change coming here for Zenit.
    • 76' Milan with everybody behind the ball as Zenit press forward.
    • 75' A 3-2 lead now for Milan. Montolivo with the ball across goal. Zenit have to come back from the dead for a third time this evening.
    • 74' GOAL! Pazzini scores for Milan as the visiting side move 3-2 to the good. Or does he? Would you believe it? Ball comes off Hubocan. Has to go down as an own goal.
    • 73' Russia national coach Fabio Capello is sitting in the stands with his arms folded. Has not been a brilliant second half, but that will suit Milan more than Zenit.
    • 72' AC Milan have never lost in a Champions League game (excluding penalty shoot-outs) after leading by a two goals plus margin.
    • 71' Zyryanov replaces Bystrov for Zenit. And on we go with the match level at 2-2.
    • 70' Pazzini rises to head the cross by Antonini wide of the goal. Tough to test Malafeev from that range.
    • 69' Hubocan has been booked for a late foul on Pazzini.
    • 68' Lombaerts does well to block a pass with Kevin-Prince Boateng threatening to speed clear down the left flank.
    • 67' Lombaerts penalised for a foul on Pazzini, and that will suit the visiting side as they look to take the sting out of this match.
    • 66' Boateng heads on the free-kick into the danger area, but there are plenty of blue shirts back to scramble the ball away. Milan look get back on the front foot.
    • 65' Boateng is taken out on the edge of the Zenit box by a rugged Criscito challenge. Chance for Milan to get the big men forward.
    • 64' Change for Milan as Nocerino is introduced to take over from Emanuelson.
    • 63' Kerzhakov complaining that he was being illegally held off the ball by Bonera as Abbiati is out quickly to collect. Never a free-kick. Better defending by Bonera.
    • 62' Shirokov with another potent run to the edge of the Milan box, but there are enough bodies back to deal with the danger. This match so finely balanced.
    • 61' Hulk with a dipping cross into the area, but this time Milan do their work well enough to deal with the danger.
    • 60' Crsicito drives the ball over the bar from outside the Milan area. An intended cross, but the cross does not threaten the visiting goalkeeper Abbiati.
    • 59' A few of the Zenit players showing off their handiwork to tie up the net. And we can continue then.
    • 58' Referee has spotted a hole in the net. That will be need some looking at considering it is the Milan net. Be a brave man to suggest the Italians won't concede again this evening.
    • 57' Boateng with some super play. Comes up with a decent cross, but Lombaerts is on hand to clear the danger.
    • 56' Witsel thumps a shot inches wide from distance. Worth the shot, but Abbiati was always going to get there.
    • 55' Game going through a bit of a lull, but Zenit looking the likelier side. Neither side overly convincing at the back it must be said.
    • 54' Boateng nods inches wide from Abate's cross. That looked a certain third for Milan. Should have at least hit the target there.
    • 53' Pazzini has been wheeled on for Milan to take over from the departing Bojan.
    • 52' Abate pushes Hulk to the deck in the box. Clear foul, but the referee decides otherwise. Should have been a penalty to Zenit.
    • 51' Think it was Montolivo who was nowhere to be seen as Shirokov popped up. Abbiati also at fault after failing to collect.
    • 50' Bojan wallops a shot at the Zenit goal that Malafeev goes down low to stop. What a start to this second half. Milan have blown a two-goal lead.
    • 49' GOAL! Shirokov heads into the net from Hulk's corner and the home side are level at 2-2. Milan defence marking fresh air. Awful defending.
    • 48' Zenit fans bolstered by that goal before the break. Anyukov's cross is cut out by Antonini as Zenit start brightly in the second half.
    • 47' Milan were dominant early on, but seem to have lost their way. Shirokov slams a shot over from distance.
    • 46' Milan get the second half off and running. All to play for with the visiting side holding a 2-1 lead.
    • 45+2' The whistle sounds after a breathless first half. A 2-1 lead for Milan at the break. All to play for in the second period.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Hulks smacks the ball beyond Abbiati from inside the visiting area, and Zenit are right back in this match. Lovely pass by Shirokov. Milan undone.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on to this first period. Zenit unbeaten in 16 games at home in Europe. That is under some threat this evening.
    • 43' Hulk apologising to Bojan after clattering him with a late challenge. Milan will be relieved to get to the break holding a 2-0 lead after this Zenit recovery.
    • 42' Abbiati is revelling in his surroundings so far as he gets down to make another stop from Bsytrov after neat play by Anyukov.
    • 41' El Shaarawy has been booked for the foul that led to that free-kick. Fourth booking of a lively opening 45 minutes.
    • 40' Abbiati dives low to his left to claw out a hammer blow by Hulk. Such a strong left arm. A brutal drive, but the goalkeeper was equal to the task. A stunning save to preserve Milan's 2-0 advantage.
    • 39' El Shaarawy pushes Fayzuilin to the deck on the edge of the Milan box. A free-kick chance here for Zenit right on the edge of the visiting area.
    • 38' Fine delivery by Hulk from the free-kick, but Abbiati is on hand to nudge the ball behind the goal from Hubocan's headed flick.
    • 37' Bonera is then booked seconds later after clipping Hulk with a late one out wide.
    • 36' Anyukov has been booked for a foul on Bojan as he sped clear. More frustration for Zenit.
    • 35' Criscito throws over a corner that is met by the head of Shirokov, but Abbiati is again equal to the task as he throws himself to the deck to make another solid stop.
    • 34' Brilliant stop by Abbiati to claw a swerving shot by Hulk over his own bar. That ball had some movement on it.
    • 33' Malafeev almost spills the ball into his own net from Boateng's cross. That would have been a farcical goal to lose for Zenit.
    • 32' Hulk throws over a dangerous cross. Antonini didn't know much about that, but the ball is safely in the arms of Abbiati.
    • 31' Another effort is slammed at the Milan goal from distance by Bystrov, another attempt at the goal is over the bar.
    • 30' Stephan El Shaarawy has scored in each of his last four games for AC Milan between Serie A and Champions League.
    • 29' Milan had failed to score in three of their past four Champions League matches before this one. All different tonight with this 2-0 lead.
    • 28' Hulk goes to ground under pressure from Bonera. Seemed to intimitate that he was caught by the hand of the opposing player, but that was clearly never a foul.
    • 27' Boateng working back well to win the ball from Shirokov. Zenit having little or no joy against this Milan midfield.
    • 26' Hulk decides to go it alone as he slams a shot over the bar under pressure from several Milan shirts. His team-mates not overly impressed by that.
    • 25' Fine stop by Abbiati! Montolivo headed at his own goal under presssure from the Hulk cross, but the Milan keeper tipped the ball clear.
    • 24' Antonini doing well to mark space at the back post before getting the ball behind for a Zenit corner. Had to make that clearance.
    • 23' Offside flag goes up against El Shaarawy with Bojan looking menacing again.
    • 22' Luciano Spalletti has a record of won seven, drawn four and lost seven against AC Milan as a coach in Serie A and lost just one of eight in home games won three, drew four and lost one.
    • 21' Zenit trying to get some momentum into their play, but struggling badly to find the chemistry. Kerzhakov drags a shot into the side of the Milan net.
    • 20' Glorious chance for Bojan to play in Emanuelson for the third goal, but he is tackled by a blue shirt. Should have been a penalty. Hubocan clearly brought down Bojan, but missed by the match officials.
    • 19' Milan with the freedom of St Petersburg. Zenit chasing shadows. Concerning moments for Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti as he comes to the edge of the park.
    • 18' Real determination by El Shaarawy to finish that. Not sure what the home defenders were thinking about. Don't seem to have started this match. Milan don't look like a side who have picked up one win in five matches.
    • 17' GOAL! El Shaarawy dashes to the edge of the home box before planting a shot beyond Malafeev. Brilliant run and finish. A 2-0 lead now for the visiting side.
    • 16' Zenit fans continue to make plenty of noice, but they have not been rewarded with a performance from their side so far. Milan making all the moves.
    • 15' Antonini throws over a fabulous cross after a fine run. Emanuelson attacks it with his left foot rather than his right as that the ball spins wide from five yards and that is a golden chance gone to make it 2-0.
    • 14' The ball came off the shoulder off Shirokov. Massive slice of luck for Milan, but they will take those all night long. Zenit pay the price for a slowish start.
    • 13' GOAL! Emanuelson sees the ball deflect off the Zenit wall and wind up in the net with Malafeev heading in the opposite direction. Huge deflection. Milan lead 1-0.
    • 12' Fayzulin has been booked for a late tackle on the rampaging Emanuelson. Milan have a free-kick here 25 yards from goal.
    • 11' Milan have won two of their three away trips to Russia in European competition.
    • 10' Kerzhakov can't pick up the pass from Faizulin. Right idea, but the end result is a goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 9' Bystrov smashes a shot over the bar from 25 yards out. Abbiati happy to see that one sail over. Zenit taking their time to get going here.
    • 8' Emanuelson sees a shot deflect behind for a corner. Zenit clear the ball from El Shaarawy's delivery. More positive play by Milan early on.
    • 7' Certainly a confident enough start by Milan as they move the ball from side to side. Pushing and probing with Zenit seemingly content to let them play in front of them.
    • 6' Zenit fans certainly making themselves heard out there. It is clear that these two teams are looking to get the ball on the ground as much as possible.
    • 5' Malafeev dives low to his right to keep out the shot by Bojan. Whistle had gone for offside, but was still a morale-boosting stop by the Russian goalkeeper.
    • 4' Temperatures dipping slightly as night falls on St Petersburg. Pitch looks in decent condition as Montolivo brings Kerzhakov crashing to the deck with a late tackle.
    • 3' Boateng with the first shot on goal as the ball flies over the bar from 18 yards out. Decent move, but the finish wasn't there.
    • 2' Bojan Krkić concedes a free-kick for an early foul on Criscito of Zenit, but Milan look to get on the ball moving forward.
    • 1' We are off and running then in this one.
    • 16.55 Zenit have won 10 and lost none of the last 13 home games in European competition. On the road, Milan have won just one of their last 11 Champions League matches - won one drawing six and losing four.
    • 16.50 Zenit have scored just one goal in three home games against Italian sides in European competition and won just one of six overall against teams from Serie A - won one, drawn two and lost three. AC Milan have won just one of their last eight Champions League games - won one, draw four and lost three.
    • 16.45 Match odds ahead of this one: Zenit St Petersburg 11/10, AC Milan 5/2, Draw 12/5
    • 16.40 Massimiliano Allegri: "I know about the problems at Zenit. But the footballers who will go out and play will be playing in an extremely important Champions League match, each with their own personality and approach. When they go out and play, they’ll be thinking of victory and everything will be decided on the pitch."
    • 16.35 Luciano Spalletti (Zenit): "It's going to be the match of the year for us. After a loss at Malaga we have definitely complicated our road in the Champions League. Milan is also not at its best moment in history and the result on Wednesday will be the key one for both teams. We will have to show our character to win."
    • 16.30 Midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Sulley Muntari are both out injured for Milan, who drew 1-1 at Parma at the weekend. Striker Alexandre Pato remains a long-term absentee for the struggling Rossoneri leaving Stephan El Shaarawy to lead the attac for Milan. Riccardo Montolivo plays his first Champions League game having recovered from injury. Bojan Krkic also starts the match.
    • 16.25 Axel Witsel makes his first competitive start for Zenit since his arrival from Benfica. Captain Igor Denisov is not included in the squad while he stalls on signing a new deal as Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Hulk and Vladimir Bystrov prepare to force a three-man attack. The Russians champions are still missing injured midfielder Sergei Semak and Portugal international Danny.
    • 16.20 Teams: Zenit: Malafeev, Anyukov, Criscito, Lombaerts, Hubočan, Shirokov, Fayzulin, Witsel, Bystrov, Kerzhakov, Hulk..subs: Baburin, Alves, Luković, Lumb, Zyryanov, Bukharov, Kanunnikov////Milan: Abbiati, Zapata, Abate, Bonera, Antonini, Boateng, Montolivo, Emanuelson, De Jong, Krkić, El Shaaraw..subs: Amelia, Mexès, Yepes, Nocerino, Flamini, Robinho, Pazzini.
    • 16.15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Group C match between Zenit St. Petersburg and AC Milan in matchday two of the Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 81' Abbiati throws himself to his right to paw out the volley from Anyukov from Hulk's corner. That ball was travelling. Brilliant stop again by the Milan man.
    • 77' El Shaarawy is penalised for a foul on Anyukov. Another change coming here for Zenit.
    • 74' GOAL! Pazzini scores for Milan as the visiting side move 3-2 to the good. Or does he? Would you believe it? Ball comes off Hubocan. Has to go down as an own goal.
    • 54' Boateng nods inches wide from Abate's cross. That looked a certain third for Milan. Should have at least hit the target there.
    • 52' Abate pushes Hulk to the deck in the box. Clear foul, but the referee decides otherwise. Should have been a penalty to Zenit.
    • 49' GOAL! Shirokov heads into the net from Hulk's corner and the home side are level at 2-2. Milan defence marking fresh air. Awful defending.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Hulks smacks the ball beyond Abbiati from inside the visiting area, and Zenit are right back in this match. Lovely pass by Shirokov. Milan undone.
    • 40' Abbiati dives low to his left to claw out a hammer blow by Hulk. Such a strong left arm. A brutal drive, but the goalkeeper was equal to the task. A stunning save to preserve Milan's 2-0 advantage.
    • 39' El Shaarawy pushes Fayzuilin to the deck on the edge of the Milan box. A free-kick chance here for Zenit right on the edge of the visiting area.
    • 38' Fine delivery by Hulk from the free-kick, but Abbiati is on hand to nudge the ball behind the goal from Hubocan's headed flick.
    • 35' Criscito throws over a corner that is met by the head of Shirokov, but Abbiati is again equal to the task as he throws himself to the deck to make another solid stop.
    • 34' Brilliant stop by Abbiati to claw a swerving shot by Hulk over his own bar. That ball had some movement on it.
    • 33' Malafeev almost spills the ball into his own net from Boateng's cross. That would have been a farcical goal to lose for Zenit.
    • 25' Fine stop by Abbiati! Montolivo headed at his own goal under presssure from the Hulk cross, but the Milan keeper tipped the ball clear.
    • 20' Glorious chance for Bojan to play in Emanuelson for the third goal, but he is tackled by a blue shirt. Should have been a penalty. Hubocan clearly brought down Bojan, but missed by the match officials.
    • 17' GOAL! El Shaarawy dashes to the edge of the home box before planting a shot beyond Malafeev. Brilliant run and finish. A 2-0 lead now for the visiting side.
    • 13' GOAL! Emanuelson sees the ball deflect off the Zenit wall and wind up in the net with Malafeev heading in the opposite direction. Huge deflection. Milan lead 1-0.
    • 9' Bystrov smashes a shot over the bar from 25 yards out. Abbiati happy to see that one sail over. Zenit taking their time to get going here.
    • 16.20 Teams: Zenit: Malafeev, Anyukov, Criscito, Lombaerts, Hubočan, Shirokov, Fayzulin, Witsel, Bystrov, Kerzhakov, Hulk..subs: Baburin, Alves, Luković, Lumb, Zyryanov, Bukharov, Kanunnikov////Milan: Abbiati, Zapata, Abate, Bonera, Antonini, Boateng, Montolivo, Emanuelson, De Jong, Krkić, El Shaaraw..subs: Amelia, Mexès, Yepes, Nocerino, Flamini, Robinho, Pazzini.
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  • Zenit St. Petersburg

    Manager: Luciano Spalletti

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

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      Substitution Out89′ 5.1 6
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      Yellow Card Substitution Out79′ 5.2 5
      Goal Yellow Card 5.8 6
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      Goal Substitution Out64′ 6.3 6
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  1. Grande Milan!!man of the match:Abbiati!

    From Bsun, on Thu 4 Oct 8:59
  2. Come on Milan!!!

    From Rehman, on Wed 3 Oct 20:28
  3. bendtner plays for juve

    From Bilal, on Wed 3 Oct 18:12
  4. same old milan..

    From Francesco, on Wed 3 Oct 18:10
  5. Wheres Bendtner ??????

    From Nigel, on Wed 3 Oct 17:59
  6. Who want to buy hulk next season surely can get good­ bargain just to see how bad Zenith is i doubt hulk want­ to stay there... Unless Zenith do extreme transfer to­ repair their squad...

    From Anonymous, on Wed 3 Oct 17:52
  7. #14 any player that comes from Brasil is­ automatatically overrated becuase they're­ brasilian. their performance in the Olympics was an­ embarrassment.

    From Morty, on Wed 3 Oct 17:41
  8. to #13, any striker that doesn't get good service­ is overrated -_-

    From Dizzle, on Wed 3 Oct 17:36
  9. Hulk is so overrated it's ridiculous.

    From Morty, on Wed 3 Oct 17:27
  10. Forza Milan Forza Juventus we need the 4th spot we need­ the old Lazio and Roma or Napoli there!! What we dont­ need is Inter M3rda!! Forza Juventus!!

    From Gary, on Wed 3 Oct 17:26
  11. El Shaarawy is coming of age. I knew this score will be­ like this after all both teams are going through rough­ patches

    From Mr Burns, on Wed 3 Oct 17:24
  12. Thank God chelsea didn't sign this guy called hulk,­ since he joined zent they have been having problems and­ not not winning games even against small team.

    From paparazzomnet, on Wed 3 Oct 17:23
  13. never give up!

    From junior, on Wed 3 Oct 17:17
  14. there is not small opponents, but you can do it !!! ­ Forza Milan!!!

    From Luis, on Wed 3 Oct 17:12
  15. same here..I hope Milan can win this one. I´m a huge­ Juventus fan as well, but 1-1 is better than nothing.

    From Asko, on Wed 3 Oct 15:53
  16. hopefully Milan Win This!! I Was disappointed with­ Juventus Last Night But to be Fair Shakhtar were really­ good!! Forza Milan Win This for Serie A!!! Forza­ Juventus Per Sempre!!

    From Gary, on Wed 3 Oct 15:29
  17. 1-1 bystrov 23 pazzini 43

    From Jordan, on Wed 3 Oct 14:36
  18. Zenit really aren't on form but neither are Milan,­ so it'll be a very high scoring game hopefully for­ no logical reason :D

    From as knives, on Wed 3 Oct 14:22
  19. go Milan....... I know U gonna make it

    From Patrice, on Wed 3 Oct 13:42
  20. Forza Rossonerri!!Grande Milan!

    From Bsun, on Wed 3 Oct 8:37
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