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Juve stand firm to snuff out Zenit

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.30CET
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 0-0 Juventus
Zenit will defend the UEFA Cup in the new year after a goalless home draw against the already-qualified Bianconeri ended their Group H hopes.
by Wayne Harrison
Juve stand firm to snuff out Zenit
Andrei Arshavin (left) puts Juventus's Giorgio Chiellini under pressure ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZenitJuventus

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners8
 
2
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed9
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.30CET

Juve stand firm to snuff out Zenit

FC Zenit St. Petersburg 0-0 Juventus
Zenit will defend the UEFA Cup in the new year after a goalless home draw against the already-qualified Bianconeri ended their Group H hopes.

FC Zenit St. Petersburg are out of contention to advance from UEFA Champions League Group H after a goalless home draw against already-qualified Juventus.

Resolute display
Dick Advocaat's side dominated possession for long periods yet it was their resolute visitors, already through, who passed up the best opportunities, hitting the woodwork twice in the first half, leaving Zenit winless from their three matches in St Petersburg and Russia without a group-stage home victory since 17 October 2006. Real Madrid CF's success at FC BATE Borisov later on Tuesday confirmed that Zenit will finish third, giving them a chance to retain the UEFA Cup as they enter the Round of 32 next spring.

Early chance
Zenit made just one change from the team which won at BATE on Matchday 4, Nicolas Lombaerts drafted in for his UEFA Champions League debut in place of the suspended Sébastien Puygrenier, and it was the Belgian defender's foul which led to the first opening on two minutes. Vincenzo Iaquinta lured the Zenit No6 into a challenge on the touchline and from Mauro Camoranesi's ensuing free-kick, Iaquinta headed over from six metres. The Bianconeri could have forged ahead seven minutes later. Making only his third appearance since coming back from an nine-month injury lay-off, Lombaerts again felled Iaquinta in an almost identical position to the first incident. And from another Camoranesi set-piece, Olof Mellberg rose highest to head against the outside of the far post.

Zenit escape
Speculative long-range efforts aside, Zenit were creating little and it was the woodwork which came to their rescue once more midway through the half when Pavel Nedvěd played in Cristian Molinaro, whose cut-back was fired against the post by Iaquinta. Zenit continued to play some neat football but with Juve defending in packs, clear sights of the Serie A team's goal were scarce. They did, however, have the ball in net six minutes before half-time, only for the assistant referee's raised flag to curtail Ivica Križanac's celebrations.

Swift break
Possession at the break was 64-36 in Zenit's favour, a sign of how pressing their need for a goal was, yet they were nearly behind within seconds of the restart following a swift Juventus break. Up from right-back, Zdeněk Grygera crossed for Alessandro Del Piero, whose volley was beaten out by Vyacheslav Malafeev. At the other end, Danny's bending shot forced Alex Manninger to tip around the post. The Juve captain then tested Malafeev twice before guiding Iaquinta's pull-back wide with the goal at his mercy.

Zenit pressure
Led by Danny, Zenit continued to probe for the goal which would ignite their Group H campaign, and it was the Portuguese playmaker who thought he had it only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle from Claudio Marchisio. Pogrebnyak then fired a long-range shot against the base of Manninger's right-hand post as Zenit went for broke, while Danny's toe-poke drifted agonisingly wide with six minutes left.

Last updated: 26/11/08 15.51CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

juventus

Juventus

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
13
ManningerAlexander Manninger (GK)
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card10
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
8
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
9
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta
Yellow Card43
Substitution87
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution70
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero (C)
Substitution78
11
ŠírlRadek Šírl
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Yellow Card45
Substitution84
19
DannyDanny
19
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
21
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
22
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Yellow Card90+2
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
Yellow Card76
28
MolinaroCristian Molinaro

Substitutes

1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
12
ChimentiAntonio Chimenti (GK)
5
Kim Dong-JinKim Dong-Jin
8
AmauriAmauri
Substitution87
7
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
20
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution78
9
Fatih TekkeFatih Tekke
29
De CegliePaolo De Ceglie
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
32
MarchionniMarco Marchionni
Substitution84
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
33
LegrottaglieNicola Legrottaglie
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution70
40
RossiFausto Rossi

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Claudio Ranieri (ITA)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Anders Nørrestrand (DEN), Henrik Sønderby (DEN)

Fourth official

Thomas Vejlgaard (DEN)

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