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Danny sends Zenit through

Published: Wednesday 4 August 2010, 20.15CET
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 FC Unirea Urziceni (agg: 1-0)
The Russian league leaders advanced to the play-offs thanks to Danny's goal 12 minutes before the break.
by Aleksejs Binkovskis
from The Petrovsky Stadium
Danny sends Zenit through
Danny (centre) celebrates after scoring the only goal of the tie ©FC Zenit St Petersburg

Match statistics

ZenitUnirea Urziceni

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
8
Corners5
 
4
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
14
Yellow cards4
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 4 August 2010, 20.15CET

Danny sends Zenit through

FC Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 FC Unirea Urziceni (agg: 1-0)
The Russian league leaders advanced to the play-offs thanks to Danny's goal 12 minutes before the break.

Danny scored the only goal of the tie as FC Zenit St. Petersburg progressed to the UEFA Champions League play-offs at the expense of FC Unirea Urziceni.

The Portuguese international ensured Zenit had a lead to show for their first-half dominance by powerfully finishing off Vladimir Bystrov's pass 12 minutes before the break. Luciano Spalletti's team had chances to extend their lead after the restart, most notably through Viktor Fayzulin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov. However, they were ultimately indebted to goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev who denied substitute Maurice Dalé late on as Unirea pushed for the equaliser which would have taken them through to Friday's play-off draw.

Unlike the closing stages, a well-organised Unirea side spent much of the first period defending in numbers. Their game plan changed dramatically, though, on 33 minutes when Bystrov dribbled inside from the right and played in Danny, whose neat control and turn fashioned space for a venomous shot into the roof of the net.

If Zenit needed a warning of the precarious nature of their lead, Adrian Neaga issued it midway through the second half with a low shot which forced Malafeev into a diving save. Moments later, Fayzulin headed against the crossbar and put the rebound over from all of four metres as the game began to open up. Kerzhakov then tested Giedrius Arlauskis's reflexes with an overhead kick before, with 16 minutes remaining, Malafeev came to the hosts' rescue by brilliantly repelling Dalé's close-range effort.

Last updated: 04/08/10 23.34CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

unirea urziceni

Unirea Urziceni

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
Yellow Card77
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov (C)
Yellow Card79
6
GalamazGeorge Galamaz (C)
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
7
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
14
RusescuRaul Rusescu
Substitution58
10
DannyDanny
Goal33
16
NicuEpaminonda Nicu
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution77
19
BrandánPablo Brandán
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Yellow Card26
20
MarinescuLaurenţiu Marinescu
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Yellow Card35
Substitution64
22
SemedoAntónio Semedo
Substitution53
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
23
BordeanuValeriu Bordeanu
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
24
MafteiVasile Maftei
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution46
30
FrunzăSorin Frunză
Substitution88

Substitutes

30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
77
GrigoreCătălin Grigore (GK)
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
4
MehmedovićErsin Mehmedović
17
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution46
9
DaléMaurice-Junior Dalé
Substitution53
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution64
11
OnofraşMarius Onofraş
Substitution88
23
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
25
NeagaAdrian Neaga
Substitution58
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
33
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution77
36
MarinPetre Marin

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Roni Levy (ISR)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Adam Watts (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Mason (ENG)

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