Wednesday November 21, 2012 Group Stage: Group C Finished Petrovskiy

Zenit St. Petersburg 2 - 2 Málaga CF

  • Danny 49’
  • Faizulin 86’
  • Buonanotte 8’
  • Fernández 9’

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  1. Champions League - Malaga win group with draw at Zenit

    Champions League - Malaga win group with draw at Zenit

    Malaga rested several star players yet still enjoyed a productive night at Zenit St Petersburg in a 2-2 draw that saw them win Champions League Group C. More

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    Time:90'
    • Zenit St. Petersburg
    • Málaga CF
    • 90+4' All over then! A 2-2 draw confirms Malaga's status as group winners.
    • 90+2' Chance for Malaga to snatch it on the break, but Malafeev comes off his line to save bravely as the feet of Diego Buonanotte.
    • 90+1' A booking for Weligton after he kicked the ball away.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on as Caballero blocks the shot from Fayzulin. Excellent piece of goalkeeping.
    • 88' Bystrov glances a header wide of goal from Hulk's corner as we head for the closing moments of this match.
    • 87' Chance for Santa Cruz, but he leans back and lifts a shot miles over the bar. We remain at 2-2.
    • 86' Juanmi concedes a free-kick for a foul on Fayzulin. Hulk throws in the free-kick, but Bystrov is caught offside.
    • 85' GOAL! Fayzulin slides the ball into the net. Fine finish after Danny had somehow stood on the ball on the line when he appeared set to level. 2-2 now.
    • 84' Hulk brings down Camacho in the middle of the park. That will waste a few more moments for the visiting team.
    • 83' Danny has been caught out handling the ball in trying to control it. Malaga can launch this ball long from the back.
    • 82' Malaga pushing the ball as much as possible. Solid piece of teamwork as this late stage of the match.
    • 81' Danny should probably have squared that, but pays the price for being a bit too greedy.
    • 80' All or nothing now for Zenit as Caballero comes off his line to halt the effort from Danny. Narrow angle. Solid piece of goalkeeping from the Malaga man.
    • 79' Change for Zenit with Bystrov taking over from Anyukov for the home team.
    • 78' Caballero earns a free-kick as he comes off his line to punch a Hulk free-kick. Lombaerts deemed to be fouling the goalkeeper.
    • 77' Manuel Pellegrini is making some noise at the side of the pitch as Alexander Kerzhakov is caught offside.
    • 76' Zenit will need a draw in the mach between AC Milan and Anderlecht tonight if they are going to get out of this group in second spot. Unless they find an equaliser.
    • 75' Malaga have only conceded six goals in their 15 matches in Europe. Is that the secret of their success?
    • 74' Another change for Malaga as Seba Fernandez departs to be replaced by Juanmi.
    • 73' Malaga hold firm in the face of some frantic Zenit attacking. The Spanish side look so, so comfortable on the ball bringing it out from the back.
    • 72' Fayzulin delivers a corner, but Cabellero is off his line to take the ball with some ease. Poor, poor stuff from the corner.
    • 71' Change coming for Zenit as Fayzulin replaces Shirokov.
    • 70' Kerzhakov can't get in ahead of Gamez to convert. Nice delivery from Witsel but the finish wasn't there. We remain at 2-1 in Malaga's favour.
    • 69' Eliseu sees a cross deflect safely into the arms of Malafeev in the home goal.
    • 68' Bruno Alves is the latest man into the book for a late challenge on Eliseu.
    • 67' Jérémy Toulalan producing some nice touches here and there. Malaga have looked a lot steadier since shipping a goal at the outset of the second half.
    • 66' Portillo with a chance from the edge of the Zenit area, but he can't hit the target as his shot spins wide of goal.
    • 65' Toulalan has a shot at the home goal from distance, but easy pickings for Malafeev as he makes the stop with some ease.
    • 64' Anyukov is booked after a clumsy and silly challenge on Santa Cruz.
    • 63' Anyukov manages to walk to the touchline for some treatment and we can continue here with play. Malaga continue to soak it up and hit on the break.
    • 62' Bit of a delay in play as the stretcher is called on. Zenit staring down the barrel here trailing 2-1.
    • 61' Camacho is penalised for a foul on Anyukov, who looks like he may need some treatment here.
    • 60' Change for Malaga as Portillo takes over from Duda.
    • 59' Duda swings a free-kick at the home goal, but Malafeev dives to make a brilliant diving stop.
    • 58' Toulalan has been penalised for a foul on Hulk. Zenit looking a lot brighter in this second half as they continue their rescue act.
    • 57' Alexander Kerzhakov cuts the ball across,. but Weligton makes the clearance.
    • 56' Oguchi Onyewu knocks the ball out of the box under little or no pressure.
    • 55' Only two teams (Anderlecht 17% & Dinamo Zagreb 22%) have a lower shooting accuracy than Zenit this season. The Russians have hit the target with just 35% of their attempts.
    • 54' Glorious chance for Kerzhakov. Went beyond Caballero, but can't turn the shot into the net. Should really have been 2-2. Real opportunity spurned.
    • 53' Weligton delivers the free-kick with some pace, but Camacho can only nod wide of the target.
    • 52' Denisov is penalised for a foul on Duda out wide. Malaga can throw this into the area.
    • 51' Danny darts into the Malaga area. Looking for a second goal, but Caballero stands tall to make sure the shot by Danny fails to find the net this time.
    • 50' GOAL! Danny controls the cross from Hubocan before knocking the shot into the net. Zenit suddenly back in this game. Fine finish.
    • 49' Anyukov takes an awful first touch as the ball races out of play. More frustration for Zenit. Not really looking like it is going to be their night tonight.
    • 48' Shirokov dances up the park, but can only lift an effort well over the bar from 30 yards out. Poor finish from him.
    • 47' Weligton replaces Demichelis for Málaga at the outset of the second half.
    • 46' Big half then for Zenit in this match. Off we go for the second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break. A 2-0 lead for Malaga at the break. The La Liga side well in control.
    • 46+1' Seba Fernandes has collected a booking for a handball.
    • 45' We are into a couple of minutes added on in the first period.
    • 44' Caballero dives to claw out a shot by Denisov. Brilliant diving stop to protect this 2-0 lead for the visitors.
    • 43' Bruno Alves blocks Eliseu's attempted cross into the home area. A goal now would bury Zenit alive surely.
    • 42' Diego Buonanotte on the run for Malaga, but that is an uncompromising piece of defending by Alves to knock the ball out of play.
    • 41' Eliseu drags an effort well wide of the target after a decent block by Bruno Alves seconds earlier.
    • 40' Witsel gets a sight at goal, but his shot deflects well wide. Cabellero off his line to clasp a cross seconds later.
    • 39' Gamez throws a hopeful ball into the middle, but Alexander Anyukov comes up with the clearance in the heart of his own area.
    • 38' Zenit have won 11 and lost one of the last 15 home games in European competition. This might well be the second.
    • 37' Gamez takes no chances as he turns to hammer the ball up the park. Malaga continue to look very comfortable here.
    • 36' Hulk hobbling off before Zenit give the ball back to Malaga. And we can resume the action.
    • 35' Hulk caught late by Camacho. Looks like he may need some treatment for a knee to the thigh.
    • 34' Buonanotte is shown a yellow card for a late tackle as Witsel tried to speed forward.
    • 33' Malaga have lost just one of their seven European away matches winning four, drawing two and losing one, conceding just four goals.
    • 32' The blue shirts of Zenit have been forced to play second fiddle here with Malaga looking comfortable just soaking up the pressure and playing on the break.
    • 31' Gamez throws a high ball into the Zenit area, but no takers on hand to finish.
    • 30' Witsel with another push on the back of Camacho. That is a free-kick to the visiting side.
    • 29' The home fans have hardly stopped singing despite their side's obvious problems in the opening 30 minutes.
    • 28' Hulk catches Eliseu with a late one. Meanwhile, Dani has been booked for a spot of dissent.
    • 27' Hulk doing superbly well to win space for himself. Releases Danny on the run, but his finish is poor as lifts the volley miles high and wide.
    • 26' Diego Buonanotte dragged back by Witsel. Can have few complaints about that.
    • 25' Denisov rattles the bar with an acrobatic volley, but the referee had already blown the whistle for the use of high feet in the box.
    • 24' Kerzhakov slides the ball into the middle looking for Danny, but Gamez reads the situation well to make the clearance.
    • 23' Caballero alert to save at his near post from Kerzhakov after he was played in by Hulk. Solid stop as Malaga continue to cling to this 2-0 lead.
    • 22' Manuel Pellegrini coming to the edge of his technical area to bark a few instructions. He is not resting on his laurels despite this 2-0 advantage.
    • 21' Anyukov with a header back to the hands of Vyacheslav Malafeev. Malaga look like they can score every time they bound up the park.
    • 20' Just to confirm that it was Martín Demichelis booked for a foul on Hulk and not Camacho.
    • 19' Hulk falls over looking for a foul. Clear dive. Never going to get that one. Malaga back in possession.
    • 18' Diego Buonanotte can't keep the ball in out wide before he goes to ground off the park. This counter attacking game suits Malaga down to the ground.
    • 17' Santa Cruz plays in Diego Buonanotte. Lovely piece of play before Denisov wins the ball with a finely timed challenge. Haven't been too many of those this evening.
    • 16' This is the third time this season that Zenit have found themselves 2-0 down before the half-hour mark in the Champions League. Says enough really about what is going on out there.
    • 15' Hulk penalisted for a late tackle on the heels of Diego Buonanotte.
    • 14' Bruno Alves forced to head clear after Jeremy Toulalan had held up a ball to the back post.
    • 13' Hulk flicks the free-kick over the wall, but wide of Caballero's left-hand post. So close to hitting the corner of the net.
    • 12' Malaga with plenty of bodies behind the ball as Camacho is booked for a late foul on Hulk. 25 yards from the visiting goal.
    • 11' Eliseu makes a superbly timed tackle on Hulk to prevent the Brazilian forward from getting a free shot at goal.
    • 10' An offside flag goes up against Hulk. Malaga can sit back here and enjoy hitting the counter attack.
    • 9' Vyacheslav Malafeev all over the place at the back. The goalkeeper has his pocket picked by Santa Cruz and Seba does the rest. Long way back for the home side now.
    • 8' GOAL! Seba Fernandez fires the ball into the net from Santa Cruz's pass and that is a 2-0 lead for Malaga. Would you believe this?
    • 7' GOAL! Diego Buonanotte slides the ball into the net, and Malaga have the lead. Wretched defending by Zenit. Lovely cross from Seba Fernandez.
    • 6' The Zenit fans making plenty of noise here early on, but neither side yet to work the gloves of the respective goalkeepers in this cagey opening.
    • 5' Caballero off his line quickly to collect the loose ball as Danny bounded into the visiting area.
    • 4' Hubocan penalised for a late challenge on Duda, who looks like he is going to need some treatment here. A bad one.
    • 3' Pellegrini looking very chilled out on the bench in a chilly Russia. Anyukov clears the ball from Santa Cruz's cutback as the visiting side begin on the attack.
    • 2' The Russian title holders have got the better of Manuel Pellegrini in St Petersburg before, having beaten his Villarreal side 1-0 in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup last 32 - Pavel Pogrebnyak scoring - on their way to an away-goals victory after a 2-2 aggregate draw.
    • 1' Zenit get the action off and running here.
    • 16.55 Teams out on the pitch. Zenit in their light blue shirts. Malaga wearing black shirts. A freezing night in St Petersburg. We are almost ready to go.
    • 16.50 Zenit can't really afford a repeat of their 3-0 loss to Malaga on the opening night of the Champions League group stages back in September. Isco scored twice and Javier Saviola was also on target for the Spanish side during their first night in the tournament. Malaga smash Zenit on Champions League debut
    • 16.45 Here are the odds if you fancy a bet on this match tonight: Zenit 8/11, Malaga 15/4, Draw 11/4. Zenit favourites to win this match with Malaga already through.
    • 16.40 Just to reconfirm the goings on in Group C: Malaga have already qualified for the last 16, but one point from either of their two remaining games will see them win the group. If Anderlecht v Milan ends as a draw, Zenit will have a chance to make the last 16 on the final matchday whatever their result against Malaga. A win for either the Belgians or Italians and Zenit will need at least a point to keep their hopes alive.
    • 16.35 Zenit suffered their only home reverse against Spanish opposition in losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage. Their overall home record against Liga visitors is won two, drawn three and lost one.
    • 16.30 Manuel Pellegrini (Malaga): "We're going through a bad run of results at the moment but we've always known how to get out of situations like these. We at least want a draw but we will be going into the game with the same energy as always and will be giving our all to take three points."
    • 16.25 Luciano Spalletti (Zenit): "I think that Malaga's line-up makes it possible for them to leave someone at home and rest them. Furthermore, this can be an additional stimulus, since those players who have already played in the Champions League and have achieved results may have come into the match with less motivation in matches that don`t mean so much in terms of the tournament. At the same time, those players who played less can come out with more desire to prove something."
    • 16.20 Malaga are missing goalkeeper Carlos Kameni due to gastroenteritis as well as striker Javier Saviola and winger Joaquin, who have been rested for the trip to Russia. Defenders Nacho Monreal and Sergio Sanchez are further absentees, along with Julio Baptista, while Manuel Iturra is suspended. Malaga can lose tonight and know they will qualify for the last 16. But a win would ensure their passage as group winners.
    • 16.15 The home side have a number of fitness problems with Italy international Domenico Criscito and Aleksandar Lukovic both missing. Striker Aleksandr Bukharov is fit again but does not start. Hulk returns from a thigh injury to with Nicolas Lombaerts fit to start in defence. A hip injury leaves Vladimir Bystrov on the bench.
    • 16.10 Teams: Zenit: Malafeev; Anyukov, Bruno Alves, Lombaerts, Hubocan; Shirokov, Denisov, Witsel; Danny, Hulk, Kerzhakov..subs: Baburin, Zuev, Zyryanov, Fayzulin, Semak, Bystrov, Kanunnikov////Malaga: Willy Caballero, Gámez, Demichelis, Onyewu, Eliseu, Seba, Toulalan, Camacho, Duda, Buonanotte, Santa Cruz..subs: Pol, Weligton, Isco, Portillo, Recio, Juanmi, Fabrice
    • 16.05 If Milan beat Anderlecht later tonight and Zenit fail to beat Malaga, the Italians will be through to the last 16. But Zenit will keep alive their hopes with a win even if Milan win in Anderlecht. Milan have five points, Anderlecht four and Zenit three heading into this final round of fixtures.
    • 16.00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Zenit St Petersburg against Malaga at the Petrovskiy Stadium. Zenit need a win against a Malaga side who have already qualified for the last 16 of the tournament.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Chance for Malaga to snatch it on the break, but Malafeev comes off his line to save bravely as the feet of Diego Buonanotte.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on as Caballero blocks the shot from Fayzulin. Excellent piece of goalkeeping.
    • 85' GOAL! Fayzulin slides the ball into the net. Fine finish after Danny had somehow stood on the ball on the line when he appeared set to level. 2-2 now.
    • 80' All or nothing now for Zenit as Caballero comes off his line to halt the effort from Danny. Narrow angle. Solid piece of goalkeeping from the Malaga man.
    • 66' Portillo with a chance from the edge of the Zenit area, but he can't hit the target as his shot spins wide of goal.
    • 59' Duda swings a free-kick at the home goal, but Malafeev dives to make a brilliant diving stop.
    • 54' Glorious chance for Kerzhakov. Went beyond Caballero, but can't turn the shot into the net. Should really have been 2-2. Real opportunity spurned.
    • 51' Danny darts into the Malaga area. Looking for a second goal, but Caballero stands tall to make sure the shot by Danny fails to find the net this time.
    • 50' GOAL! Danny controls the cross from Hubocan before knocking the shot into the net. Zenit suddenly back in this game. Fine finish.
    • 44' Caballero dives to claw out a shot by Denisov. Brilliant diving stop to protect this 2-0 lead for the visitors.
    • 23' Caballero alert to save at his near post from Kerzhakov after he was played in by Hulk. Solid stop as Malaga continue to cling to this 2-0 lead.
    • 13' Hulk flicks the free-kick over the wall, but wide of Caballero's left-hand post. So close to hitting the corner of the net.
    • 11' Eliseu makes a superbly timed tackle on Hulk to prevent the Brazilian forward from getting a free shot at goal.
    • 8' GOAL! Seba Fernandez fires the ball into the net from Santa Cruz's pass and that is a 2-0 lead for Malaga. Would you believe this?
    • 7' GOAL! Diego Buonanotte slides the ball into the net, and Malaga have the lead. Wretched defending by Zenit. Lovely cross from Seba Fernandez.
    • 16.10 Teams: Zenit: Malafeev; Anyukov, Bruno Alves, Lombaerts, Hubocan; Shirokov, Denisov, Witsel; Danny, Hulk, Kerzhakov..subs: Baburin, Zuev, Zyryanov, Fayzulin, Semak, Bystrov, Kanunnikov////Malaga: Willy Caballero, Gámez, Demichelis, Onyewu, Eliseu, Seba, Toulalan, Camacho, Duda, Buonanotte, Santa Cruz..subs: Pol, Weligton, Isco, Portillo, Recio, Juanmi, Fabrice
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  • Zenit St. Petersburg

    Manager: Luciano Spalletti

  • Málaga CF

    Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 7 5
      4.9 5
      4.6 6
      Midfielders
      5.1 6
      6.3 6
      Substitution Out72′ 4.7 5
      Strikers
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      Goal Yellow Card 7.2 6
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      Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out76′ 6.8 7
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  1. One of Russians got a red card after the final whistle.­ Does anyone know why?

    From wrongpixel, on Wed 21 Nov 19:53
  2. This is with a depleted side ... Malaga is truely a­ prospect. All credit to Manuel Pellegrini.

    From iwannacracker, on Wed 21 Nov 18:29
  3. peters rock

    From C, on Wed 21 Nov 18:04
  4. The blue whats of Zenit?

    From Lufti, on Wed 21 Nov 17:37
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