Constant Vanden Stock Stadium - Brussels 06/11/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group C

Anderlecht - Zenit
1-0
 

Anderlecht - Zenit 1-0 - 06/11/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Mbokani downs Zenit to end Anderlecht drought

Published: Tuesday 6 November 2012, 22.00CET
Mbokani downs Zenit to end Anderlecht drought 
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The man in the mask made the difference for RSC Anderlecht as the Belgian club clinched their first UEFA Champions League home win in nine years, Dieudonné Mbokani's first-half effort downing FC Zenit St Petersburg to revive his side's campaign.

Playing in a protective mask after suffering a broken nose last month, Mbokani scored Anderlecht's first goal in Group C after 17 minutes in Brussels, ending one drought to help the hosts be done with another of far longer standing. The Congolese forward and his colleagues then worked doggedly to preserve their lead, limiting Zenit to a handful of openings as they leapfrogged their Russian rivals in the standings.

Match in 5

  • Anderlecht claim first Group C win to leapfrog opponents
  • Mbokani scores Belgian side's first Group C goal
  • Zenit unable to create chances as Anderlecht hold on
  • Anderlecht face Milan next and can go second with a win
  • Russian side sit bottom and play leaders Málaga next

Reaction

We can be especially proud with the way we won. We have produced the goods in a match of importance, that is the beautiful thing about it.

John van den Brom, Anderlecht coach

John van den Brom, Anderlecht coach

We did not produce our best performance. We tried our best but to be honest, could not create any good chances. If we win in the last two matches we may still qualify.

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

 

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Anderlecht 

Standings

Group C

PPts
1Málaga CF Málaga410
2AC Milan Milan45
3RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht44
4FC Zenit St Petersburg Zenit43
Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Anderlecht
Zenit

1

Goals scored

0

49

Possession (%)

51

8

Total attempts

4

4

Attempts on target

2

4

Attempts off target

2

0

Attempts blocked

0

1

Attempts against woodwork

0

5

Corners

1

3

Offsides

6

2

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

17

14

Fouls suffered

8

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Anderlecht have recorded their first victory in the UEFA Champions League after a nine-year wait. The Belgian's defended well and attacked incisively to beat the Russian side now sitting bottom of Group C.
  • Yellow Card
    90+2
    Yakovenko (Anderlecht) is booked.
    Olexandr Yakovenko gives away a foul for a late challenge on Bruno Alves in a dangerous area.
  • Yellow Card
    90
    Bruno Alves (Zenit) is booked.
    Bruno Alves slide tackles Olexandr Yakovenko but the Ukranian gets to the ball first and Alves only makes contact with the winger's ankle.
  • Yellow Card
    89
    Shirokov (Zenit) is cautioned by the referee.
    Roman Shirokov is booked for encroaching on a corner.
  • Substitution
    79
    Kanu (in) - Praet (out) (Anderlecht)

See also

  • Anderlecht

    Next match UEFA Champions League: v Milan, 21 November 2012
  • Zenit

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Málaga, 21 November 2012, 2-2
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