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Madrid stand firm to pass Zenit test

Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 1-2 Real Madrid CF
Madrid survived an onslaught from Zenit in Russia to make it two wins out of two in Group H while leaving the UEFA Cup holders with it all to do.
by Oleg Sokol
from Petrovsky Stadium
Madrid stand firm to pass Zenit test
Action from Madrid's victory in Russia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZenitReal Madrid

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
9
Corners13
 
7
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008

Madrid stand firm to pass Zenit test

FC Zenit St. Petersburg 1-2 Real Madrid CF
Madrid survived an onslaught from Zenit in Russia to make it two wins out of two in Group H while leaving the UEFA Cup holders with it all to do.

Real Madrid CF took a firm grip on UEFA Champions League Group H as a Tomáš Hubočan own goal and Ruud van Nistelrooy's strike secured victory at FC Zenit St. Petersburg, who have it all to do after a second successive narrow defeat.

Frantic first half
Having succumbed 1-0 at Juventus a fortnight ago, the last thing Zenit needed was to fall behind to a Hubočan own goal after just four minutes. Record signing Danny levelled midway through the opening period, although parity lasted just six minutes as a typically opportunist strike from Van Nistelrooy restored the Spanish champions' lead. From then on it was all Zenit, but a combination of sterling goalkeeping from Iker Casillas, the woodwork and defensive numbers – typified by Pepe's added-time block from a stinging Danny drive – ensured it was Madrid who left with the spoils.

Spectacular welcome
The home supporters responded to their favourites' home debut in the UEFA Champions League by holding up thousands of black, white and blue plastic sheets with a huge banner showing men in black surrounded by stars, a symbol of the UEFA Cup holders' emergence among the high society of European football. However it all went quiet within four minutes as Madrid got the early goal they were seeking, Hubočan slicing Rafael van der Vaart's low cross into his own net with Van Nistelrooy lurking. The Zenit defender nearly repeated the error shortly afterwards when Arjen Robben slipped away down the left and crossed, Hubočan's clearance flashing dangerously close to the post.

Arshavin shines
To the relief of their fans Zenit began to find their feet, Andrei Arshavin almost nodding in a brilliant left-wing cross from Radek Šírl. When Arshavin volleyed from outside the area Casillas proved equal to it but an equaliser looked on the cards and so it proved in the 25th minute, Arshavin collecting Šírl's pass before delivering a deep cross which Danny flicked in ahead of Gabriel Heinze. It was a stylish way to register Zenit's first goal in the competition but the celebrations proved short-lived, Van der Vaart's deflected shot falling nicely for Van Nistelrooy to finish with aplomb.

Casillas to the rescue
Zenit twice threatened a second equaliser before half-time, Casillas intercepting Igor Denisov's dangerous low cross and then reacting quickly to clutch the ball after Hubočan's header had diverted off Denisov. Madrid did dominate the early exchanges in the second half, Robben unleashing a dangerous shot just too high, but that proved an isolated incident as the visitors were happy to sit back and soak up Zenit pressure while the hosts struggled to find any space to press.

Triple save
The exception came when Casillas reacted to Arshavin's cross-cum-shot, then dealt with Denisov's rebound and Šírl's powerful shot from the edge of the area. Another golden chance followed but Konstantin Zyryanov failed to direct his header. Dick Advocaat's men were cursing their luck again when substitutes Alejandro Dominguez and Fatih Tekke dazzled Madrid's defence with a fine one-touch combination to set up Arshavin for a shot that rattled the post, summing up Zenit's night.

Last updated: 01/10/08 0.58CET

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Lineups

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Real Madrid

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
8
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
Substitution73
3
PepePepe
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Yellow Card26
4
RamosSergio Ramos
11
ŠírlRadek Šírl
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Goal4
Yellow Card47
Substitution73
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
11
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution82
19
DannyDanny
Goal25
16
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
17
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal31
Yellow Card47
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
18
De la RedRubén de la Red
28
PuygrenierSébastien Puygrenier
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution88
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
Yellow Card33
23
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Substitution62

Substitutes

1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
5
Kim Dong-JinKim Dong-Jin
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
7
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Substitution73
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution88
9
Fatih TekkeFatih Tekke
Substitution73
12
MarceloMarcelo
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
15
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
Substitution82
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
22
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
25
RicksenFernando Ricksen
24
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Substitution62

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Bernd Schuster (GER)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Manuel Navarro (SUI)

Fourth official

René Rogalla (SUI)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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