AC Milan bounced back from surrendering a two-goal advantage to condemn Group C rivals FC Zenit St Petersburg to a first home defeat in UEFA competition in four years.
Unbeaten on home soil in Europe in 16 games, Zenit's proud record looked in grave danger when Urby Emanuelson and Stephan El Shaarawy put the Rossoneri two up inside 16 minutes. However, Hulk and Roman Shirokov combined either side of half-time to level the scores – until Tomáš Hubočan unwittingly turned into his own net on 75 minutes.
It is a very sad evening. I have a feeling the players forgot about the importance of this game and did not take full responsibility.
Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach
It was very tough today, we had to struggle until the very last second against a strong Zenit team.
Stephan El Shaarawy, Milan forward
|16||Malafeev (GK) (C)||32||Abbiati (GK) (C)|
|28||Witsel||34||N. de Jong|
|71||Baburin (GK)||1||Amelia (GK)|
|Luciano Spalletti (ITA)||Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)|
|Felix Brych (GER)|
|H||CFR Cluj||Man. United|