La Rosaleda - Malaga 18/09/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group C

Málaga - Zenit
3-0
 

Málaga - Zenit 3-0 - 18/09/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Magical Málaga make it a debut to remember

Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 22.00CET
Magical Málaga make it a debut to remember 
Isco: a 'complete' game for Málaga ©Getty Images

Málaga CF began the night as UEFA Champions League new boys and ended it looking like competition veterans thanks to an exhilarating defeat of FC Zenit St Petersburg.

Not only were the hosts powered to victory thanks to a sparkling pair of goals from 20-year-old Isco – the first within three minutes – Javier Saviola also chipped in with his second in three days to make it a debut to remember for Manuel Pellegrini's men. The Spanish side therefore take the early initiative in Group C while Zenit must look to regroup against seven-time champions AC Milan on matchday two.

Match in 5

  • Málaga have five unanswered goals in three games
  • Saviola scores fourth career goal against Zenit
  • Zenit's winless run in Spain stretches to five games
  • Camacho runs 11.75km (team average 9.43km)
  • Hulk hits bar after two-goal Isco's first for hosts

Reaction

I'm very happy. We won a difficult game against a great team. The defence did a great job tonight. We have shown that we can do great things in the UEFA Champions League.

Javier Saviola, Málaga forward

Javier Saviola, Málaga forward

The first 20 minutes were just awful – I still do not know what happened. We made huge mistakes. Perhaps we are not fully ready to play in the UEFA Champions League yet.

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

 

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Standings

Group C

PPts
1Málaga CF Málaga13
2RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht11
2AC Milan Milan11
4FC Zenit St Petersburg Zenit10
Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Málaga
Zenit

3

Goals scored

0

45

Possession (%)

55

16

Total attempts

15

9

Attempts on target

7

7

Attempts off target

8

0

Attempts blocked

0

1

Attempts against woodwork

1

5

Corners

3

3

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

10

8

Fouls suffered

12

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Málaga secure their first-ever UEFA Champions League win in style then with a comprehensive victory against Zenit. The visitors spurned clear chances but the Spanish side, inspired by Isco who scored twice, Javier Saviola who scored the other and winger Joaquín, were dominant and well-deserving of the three points. Málaga will now travel to Anderlecht in Belgium for matchday two in high spirits while Zenit must raise themselves for the visit to St Petersburg of AC Milan.
  • Yellow Card
    90
    Hulk (Zenit) is booked.
    Hulk is cautioned for simulation.
  • Substitution
    86
    Lumb (in) - Shirokov (out) (Zenit)
  • Substitution
    85
    Duda (in) - Joaquín (out) (Málaga)
  • Goal
    76
    Isco (Málaga) scores!
    Joaquín and Isco carve through the Zenit defence again and the former sets up the latter for a thunderous drive that nearly bursts the net and gives the young Spaniard his second goal of the game.

See also

  • Málaga

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Anderlecht, 03 October 2012, 0-3
  • Zenit

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Milan, 03 October 2012, 2-3
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