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Match facts: Zenit v Málaga

Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 2.00CET
Match facts: Zenit v Málaga
Zenit's Konstantin Zyryanov vies with Isco of Málaga on matchday one ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 18 November 2012, 2.00CET

Match facts: Zenit v Málaga


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Zenit's 1-0 win against RSC Anderlecht and FC Spartak Moskva's 2-1 triumph over SL Benfica made matchday three the first UEFA Champions League matchday on which two Russian clubs registered victories.

• Zenit's 3-0 loss at Málaga CF on matchday one equalled their heaviest away defeat in the competition.

• Vyacheslav Malafeev, Aleksandr Anyukov and Aleksandr Kerzhakov have played every minute of Zenit's group campaign.

• Viktor Fayzulin and Roman Shirokov will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

International duty
• Nine Zenit players were on senior duty during the international break: Anyukov, Renat Yanbaev, Igor Denisov, Shirokov, Kerzhakov (Russia), Bruno Alves (Portugal), Tomáš Hubočan (Slovakia), Axel Witsel (Belgium) and Luka Djordjević (Montenegro).

• Shirokov scored a penalty in Russia's 2-2 friendly draw against the United States on 14 November.

• Djordjević set up Montenegro's third goal in a 3-0 victory against San Marino which sent them to the top of FIFA World Cup qualifying Group H.

• Zenit were trailing 1-0 at FC Dinamo Moskva on Saturday when the game was abandoned before the interval after objects were thrown on the pitch.

• Defeat by Anderlecht on matchday four ended Zenit's run of six straight victories in all competitions, their best sequence since winning ten in succession between April and July 2010.

• Shirokov's seven goals for club and country this season have all come after half-time.

• Zenit will host FC Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Cup quarter-finals on 17 April.

• Domenico Criscito was ruled out for two weeks after sustaining a knee injury in the 2-1 win at FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod on 11 November.


UEFA Champions League statistics
• Málaga were the fourth debutants to win their first three games in the UEFA Champions League, after AC Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain FC (1994/95) and Juventus (1995/96).

• Málaga conceded their first goal of the group stage in Milan on matchday four; it was also the first time their defence had been breached in Europe this season in their sixth outing. The Spanish side have conceded just eight goals in 22 fixtures in UEFA competition.

• Willy, Weligton, Martín Demichelis, Ignacio Camacho and Eliseu have played every minute of Málaga's group campaign.

• Manuel Iturra serves a one-game ban after collecting his third yellow card of the group stage on matchday four. Demichelis and Sergio Sánchez will incur a suspension with their next bookings.

International duty
• Málaga had two players on senior duty during the international break: Iturra (Chile) and Fabrice (Cameroon).

• Iturra played the first half of Chile's 3-1 defeat by Serbia, a result which led to the dismissal of coach Claudio Borghi.

• Fabrice scored a second-leg winner against Cape Verde on his debut for Cameroon, but the 2-1 triumph in Yaounde on 14 October was not enough to reach the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

• Málaga were held 0-0 on Saturday by a CA Osasuna side that began the day bottom of the Liga. It left Manuel Pellegrini's team without a win in four games, their worst sequence since a run of two draws and five defeats last December/January.

• Isco received his award for the Liga's 2011/12 breakthrough player of the year on 13 November.

• Júlio Baptista, out of action for more than a year because of an Achilles problem, returned to full training on 7 November.

• Málaga's 2-1 defeat by Real Sociedad de Fútbol on 10 November was their second consecutive reverse at La Rosaleda – their first back-to-back home losses since January.

• Club Atlético de Madrid ended Málaga's 11-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 win on 7 October. Ten matches came this term, representing the Andalusian side's longest undefeated start to a top-flight season since 2002/03.

• Aged 16 years and 98 days, Fabrice became the youngest scorer in Liga history when he struck the only goal against RC Celta de Vigo on 18 August.

• Málaga's fourth-place finish last term was their highest in the Liga. The team's previous best of seventh came in 1970/71 and 1973/74. They ended 2011/12 with 58 points, beating their 2000/01 previous top-flight best of 56.

Last updated: 19/11/12 15.36CET

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