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APOEL recovery leaves Zenit reeling

Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 22.42CET
APOEL FC 2-1 FC Zenit St Petersburg
A goal down, Manduca and Aílton struck in quick succession in the second half as the Cypriot club gained their first group stage victory.

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Match statistics

APOELZenit

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners2
 
4
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed16
 
13
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
1
Possession (%)55
 
45

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:25 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 22.42CET

APOEL recovery leaves Zenit reeling

APOEL FC 2-1 FC Zenit St Petersburg
A goal down, Manduca and Aílton struck in quick succession in the second half as the Cypriot club gained their first group stage victory.

Two goals in as many second half-minutes earned APOEL FC their maiden UEFA Champions League victory as the Cypriot side came from a goal down to defeat FC Zenit St Petersburg.

The Group G points seemed destined for the visitors when Konstantin Zyryanov broke the deadlock on 63 minutes with Zenit's first shot on target. However, the game turned on its head a short while later, the Brazilian pairing of Manduca and Aílton scoring in quick succession for Ivan Jovanovič's side, who are competing at this level for only the second time.

The vocal home supporters unveiled a mural paying tribute to Christos Kontis, the APOEL player forced to retire after suffering a heart attack last month, before kick-off. If the defender's sprits were raised by that gesture, he will have been similarly encouraged not only by his former team's comeback but also their start as APOEL knocked the ball about confidently early on.

That did not result in an opening until the midway point of the first period, though, when Aílton, slipped in by Manduca, was foiled by Vyacheslav Malafeev. Danny was central to the Russian league leaders' best effort of the half a minute before the break. Dribbling in from the left, the playmaker delayed his pass until Roman Shirokov had broken into the area, from where the midfielder dragged a shot wide of Dionisios Chiotis's right-hand post.

If chances were slow to arise before the break, the same could not be said after the restart as APOEL were quickly out of the blocks. Malafeev needed to be at his sharpest to keep out Ivan Tričkovski's effort following a give-and-go with the lively Aílton.

The opener arrived out of nowhere just after the hour, with Danny the instigator. Breaking from midfield, the Portuguese international pierced the APOEL defence with a pass which Zyryanov tucked inside the near post. The lead did not last, however, though it owed much to good fortune, Tričkovski breaking down the right and teeing up Hélio Pinto, whose scuffed effort fell perfectly for Manduca.

From a goal down APOEL were ahead moments later when Aílton found himself all alone down the Zenit right, advanced into the area and placed a shot across Malafeev. A miserable three-minute spell for the visitors was completed when Bruno Alves was dismissed for a challenge on the match-winner. Zenit knew it was not going to be their night when substitute Viktor Fayzulin hit the inside of a post and Aleksandr Bukharov flashed a shot narrowly wide with time ebbing away.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.29CET

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Quotes

  • Ivan Jovanović

    Read more"We played well today; we defeated a very big side but we have nothing except pride tonight"

  • Luciano Spalletti

    Read more"We will now discuss our mistakes and try to put them right. We just need to keep being professional and do our job"

Lineups

apoel

APOEL

zenit

Zenit

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge
Yellow Card71
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov (C)
6
OliveiraMarcelo Oliveira
Yellow Card40
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Yellow Card29
Red Card76
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Substitution74
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
8
AíltonAílton
Goal75
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
11
TričkovskiIvan Tričkovski
10
DannyDanny
Yellow Card35
21
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Goal73
Substitution89
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto (C)
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Substitution89
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
Yellow Card71
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution75
81
MarcinhoMarcinho
Substitution64
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Goal63
Substitution80
98
William BoaventuraWilliam Boaventura
27
DenisovIgor Denisov

Substitutes

88
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
5
JahićSanel Jahić
Substitution64
Yellow Card79
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution80
9
SolariEsteban Solari
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
Substitution89
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
17
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
20
AdornoAldo Adorno
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution75
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution89
23
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
77
SolomouAthos Solomou
Substitution74
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković

Coach

Ivan Jovanović (SRB) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), César Muñiz (ESP)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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