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.
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
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
|16||Malafeev (GK) (C)||13||Willy (GK)|
|71||Baburin (GK)||32||Pol (GK)|
|Luciano Spalletti (ITA)||Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)|
|Olegário Benquerença (POR)|