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Zenit fail to breach depleted Unirea

Published: Tuesday 27 July 2010, 22.05CET
FC Unirea Urziceni 0-0 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
The hosts hung on with ten men for 54 minutes to earn a valuable draw and clean sheet ahead of Wednesday's return in Russia.
by Paul Zaharia
from Steaua Stadium
Zenit fail to breach depleted Unirea
Aleksandr Kerzhakov was among those who went close for Zenit ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Unirea UrziceniZenit

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
3
Attempts off target2
 
13
Corners1
 
10
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 27 July 2010, 22.05CET

Zenit fail to breach depleted Unirea

FC Unirea Urziceni 0-0 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
The hosts hung on with ten men for 54 minutes to earn a valuable draw and clean sheet ahead of Wednesday's return in Russia.

FC Unirea Urziceni shrugged off the 36th-minute dismissal of Răzvan Pădureţu to earn a valuable goalless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

Neither side appeared willing to take chances during an opening period bereft of clear goalscoring opportunities, while not even Pădureţu's departure sparked Zenit into action until after the break. They went close to breaking the deadlock on several occasions but Unirea stood firm to stay on level terms ahead of Wednesday's second leg in Russia.

Unirea started, though, with loftier ambitions which were nearly realised on the half hour, Marius Bilaşco's shot from 14 metres narrowly failing to beat Vyacheslav Malafeev. Roni Levy's side, however, were facing an uphill task six minutes later when Pădureţu was given his marching orders after an incident involving Aleksandr Kerzhakov.

Zenit burst out of the blocks after the interval, with Kherzakov among the most zestful performers, and he was nearly rewarded two minutes after the break but his shot whistled wide. Vladimir Bystrov's 54th-minute effort was also narrowly off target but it was not until the penultimate minute that Luciano Spalletti's men had their most inviting opportunity. Alessandro Rosina's cross begged to be finished but Giedrius Arlauskis somehow kept out Maksim Kanunnikov's header and Unirea lived to fight another day.

Last updated: 27/07/10 23.17CET

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Lineups

unirea urziceni

Unirea Urziceni

zenit

Zenit

1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
6
GalamazGeorge Galamaz (C)
Yellow Card41
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov (C)
7
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco
Substitution89
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
8
ParaschivSorin Paraschiv
Yellow Card26
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
10
PădureţuRăzvan Pădureţu
Red Card36
10
DannyDanny
20
MarinescuLaurenţiu Marinescu
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
23
BordeanuValeriu Bordeanu
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
24
MafteiVasile Maftei
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution70
25
NeagaAdrian Neaga
Substitution86
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution59
30
FrunzăSorin Frunză
Substitution72
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Yellow Card14
36
MarinPetre Marin
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution80

Substitutes

77
GrigoreCătălin Grigore (GK)
30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
4
MehmedovićErsin Mehmedović
17
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution59
Yellow Card81
9
DaléMaurice-Junior Dalé
Substitution89
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution70
11
OnofraşMarius Onofraş
Substitution72
23
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
14
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution86
50
CheminavaIgor Cheminava
16
NicuEpaminonda Nicu
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
33
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution80

Coach

Roni Levy (ISR) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Bruno Paixão (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Bruno Esteves (POR)

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