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Group stage - Group C

Zenit - Málaga
2-2
 

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Málaga seal top spot and end Zenit hopes

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 20.00CET
Málaga seal top spot and end Zenit hopes 
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Málaga CF wrapped up top spot in Group C with a 2-2 draw at FC Zenit St Petersburg, ultimately ending the Russian side's own chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Málaga, already through, rested a number of players but nevertheless got off to a fine start and were 2-0 up inside nine minutes thanks to goals from Diego Buonanotte and Seba. Though Zenit were below par for long periods, Danny's strike just after half-time reduced the deficit and Viktor Fayzulin scored a late equaliser. They remain bottom of the section and AC Milan's victory over RSC Anderlecht later in the evening means their UEFA Champions League ambitions are over.

Match in 5

  • Point secures Málaga top spot in Group C
  • Zenit eliminated after Milan win at Anderlecht
  • Visitors go ahead through Buonanotte and Seba
  • Zenit earn draw thanks to Danny and Fayzulin
  • Anderlecht travel to Spain, Zenit visit Milan for last game

Reaction

We showed our character – it's just a pity we couldn't take all three points. We managed to get only a draw, but I still believe our fans will not be too disappointed.

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

I am delighted for a number of reasons – for the players who were given the opportunity to play, for guaranteeing top spot in the group and for keeping our squad more or less rested.

Manuel Pellegrini, Málaga coach

Manuel Pellegrini, Málaga coach

 

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Standings

Group C

PPts
1Málaga CF Málaga511
2AC Milan Milan58
3FC Zenit St Petersburg Zenit54
4RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht54
Last updated: 22/11/2012 09:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Zenit
Málaga

2

Goals scored

2

56

Possession (%)

44

16

Total attempts

10

9

Attempts on target

6

7

Attempts off target

4

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

12

Corners

2

2

Offsides

1

3

Yellow cards

4

1

Red Cards

0

20

Fouls committed

17

15

Fouls suffered

19

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    A point for Málaga seals top spot in Group C, and leaves Zenit's qualification dreams hanging by a thread. Danny and Viktor Fayzulin clawed back a point for the hosts, but if AC Milan defeat Anderlecht later this evening, the Russian club's exit will be confirmed.
  • Red Card
    90+5
    Bystrov (Zenit) is dismissed.
  • Yellow Card
    90+2
    Weligton (Málaga) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Goal
    87
    Fayzulin (Zenit) scores!
  • Substitution
    81
    Bystrov (in) - Anyukov (out) (Zenit)
    The full-back had played every minute of the UEFA Champions League campaign, but misses out on the last nine minutes this evening.

See also

  • Zenit

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Milan, 04 December 2012, 0-1
  • Málaga

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Anderlecht, 04 December 2012, 2-2
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