A first-half goal from Danny proved decisive as FC Zenit St Petersburg overcame AC Milan in Group C and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.
With the hosts already assured of second spot in the section behind Málaga CF, Massimiliano Allegri opted to leave the in-form Stephan El Shaarawy on the bench. And with the Rossoneri somewhat blunted in attack as a consequence, Zenit took control and landed the telling blow ten minutes before the break when captain Danny stroked in a shot from inside the penalty area.
We conceded a goal that we shouldn't have conceded, it was the only chance they had in the first half. We had our chances and we are sorry that we lost.
Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach
I want to congratulate our guys because they played well tonight. It was a very difficult match because of all the tension. There was a lot at stake.
Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach
|32||Abbiati (GK)||16||Malafeev (GK)|
|59||Gabriel (GK)||71||Baburin (GK)|
|34||N. de Jong||77||Djordjević|
|Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)||Luciano Spalletti (ITA)|
|Tony Chapron (FRA)|
|A||Dinamo Zagreb||Dynamo Kyiv|