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Zenit draw seals APOEL's historic last-16 place

Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 20.25CET
FC Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 APOEL FC
Having defended stoutly for long periods, APOEL were rewarded with the point they needed to become the first Cypriot team to reach the knockout stage.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Petrovski Stadion

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Match statistics

ZenitAPOEL

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
0
Attempts off target11
 
1
Corners9
 
1
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)63
 
37

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 20.25CET

Zenit draw seals APOEL's historic last-16 place

FC Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 APOEL FC
Having defended stoutly for long periods, APOEL were rewarded with the point they needed to become the first Cypriot team to reach the knockout stage.

APOEL FC have become the first Cypriot side to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stage after a goalless draw with FC Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.

Though the statistics favoured Zenit − they created 23 chances to APOEL's one and enjoyed 63% possession − they found the visitors' resolute defence impenetrable. Aleksandr Bukharov wasted a glorious opportunity in the second half, but the fact Urko Pardo only had to make one serious save throughout told its own story.

APOEL knew a draw would be good enough to send them through − they cannot be overtaken by both Zenit and FC Porto, who meet on matchday six − and from the opening exchanges it was clear their game plan was to play for a point. Ivan Jovanović's men were content to concede possession to the Russian champions as they packed their defence.

Despite plenty of intricate approach play, Luciano Spalletti's team hardly tested Pardo. With APOEL cramming the centre of the pitch, space was at a premium for the Sine-belo-golubye and not even the invention of Danny, who slid a couple of inviting balls in behind, could help engineer a breakthrough.

Roman Shirokov threatened in the 26th minute after good work down the right from Bukharov, but his effort, with his weaker right foot, was easily cleared by the impressive Marcelo Oliveira.

Zenit continued to dominate after the resumption and they should have taken the lead on the hour, as Shirokov's quick free-kick found Bukharov on the penalty spot. The striker's header rattled the crossbar and any frustration he momentarily sensed was compounded when he put the loose ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

Viktor Fayzulin thought he had given Zenit, who had won their past nine European home games, the advantage with quarter of an hour remaining. Once again, though, it was a case of Oliveira to the rescue, the centre-back clearing the winger's well-placed shot off the goal line.

Pardo was finally called into action with time running out, tipping away a right-foot shot from Danny which was heading for the top corner. APOEL will win Group G if they defeat eliminated FC Shakhtar Donetsk at home on 6 December.

Last updated: 27/11/12 11.24CET

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Quotes

  • Luciano Spalletti

    Read more"There were times when we failed to capitalise on the chances we created, sometimes because we were too eager "

  • Ivan Jovanović

    Read more"I am the happiest man in the world right now. We have achieved something which three months ago we had no right to even dream of"

Lineups

zenit

Zenit

apoel

APOEL

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov (C)
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge
Yellow Card90+2
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Yellow Card45
6
OliveiraMarcelo Oliveira
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card85
8
AíltonAílton
Substitution67
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides (C)
10
DannyDanny
11
TričkovskiIvan Tričkovski
Substitution89
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Yellow Card90+3
21
ManducaGustavo Manduca
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution87
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution55
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Yellow Card42
Substitution46
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
77
SolomouAthos Solomou

Substitutes

30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
4
KakáKaká
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution87
5
JahićSanel Jahić
Substitution67
17
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
14
BelaidTijani Belaid
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
19
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution46
Yellow Card53
25
SemakSergei Semak
20
AdornoAldo Adorno
Substitution89
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution55
81
MarcinhoMarcinho

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Ivan Jovanović (SRB)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Wingenbach (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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