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Magical Málaga make it a debut to remember

Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 22.50CET
Málaga CF 3-0 Zenit St Petersburg
Isco scored at either end of the game with Javier Saviola adding the other goal as the Spanish side enjoyed a dream UEFA Champions League debut.
by Graham Hunter
from La Rosaleda

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Match statistics

MálagaZenit

Goals scored3
 
0
on target9
 
7
off target7
 
8
Corners5
 
3
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)45
 
55

Standings

Last updated: 16/10/2012 16:33 CET

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Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 22.50CET

Magical Málaga make it a debut to remember

Málaga CF 3-0 Zenit St Petersburg
Isco scored at either end of the game with Javier Saviola adding the other goal as the Spanish side enjoyed a dream UEFA Champions League debut.

Málaga CF began the night as UEFA Champions League new boys and ended it looking like competition veterans thanks to an exhilarating defeat of FC Zenit St Petersburg.

Not only were the hosts powered to victory thanks to a sparkling pair of goals from 20-year-old Isco – the first within three minutes – Javier Saviola also chipped in with his second in three days to make it a debut to remember for Manuel Pellegrini's men. The Spanish side therefore take the early initiative in Group C while Zenit must look to regroup against seven-time champions AC Milan on matchday two.

The opening spell was blistering and brilliant. Pellegrini's team dazzled with their confidence and vision, culminating in the first goal of this season's group stage. Isco danced away from Aleksandr Anyukov to impishly bend a shot round both Bruno Alves and goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev, and prompt a primal roar from the delighted home fans.

Zenit had served notice of their intent with their summer outlay in the transfer market and one of their new arrivals almost brought them level immediately. Hulk showed he has character as well as talent with a thunderous left-foot shot that came back off the crossbar.

Yet it took only ten minutes for Málaga's constant probing to pay off again. Francisco Portillo found Jesús Gámez's run down the right and the wing back showed laudable vision to slide a pass in behind both centre-backs for the lurking Saviola to prod in. Such was the superiority of the Andalusian side that they could have added even more goals, with Zenit struggling to cope with the tempo. Joaquín and Isco created a chance for Saviola which Malafeev somehow blocked at point-blank range.

However, the pattern changed as Málaga continued to carve out, and miss, opportunities, Zenit belatedly finding their feet. Before half-time Hulk had threatened again, home goalkeeper Willy Cabellero showed good reflexes to save from Aleksandr Kerzhakov, and Roman Shirokov and Nicolas Lombaerts went close with headers.

It began to look as if their profligacy might catch Málaga out and allow the Russian champions to profit. Kerzakhov ruffled the side netting with a fierce drive just ahead of the break, and Caballero again did excellently to dive at the feet of both Vladimir Bystrov and Kerzhakov.

Eliseu then wasted a one-on-one chance to make Málaga's win secure, yet Isco was swiftly on hand to rescue his colleague. With 14 minutes left the midfielder glided onto a Joaquín pass and thumped a shot into the top corner. Duda almost added a crowning fourth, his header striking the crossbar, but Málaga's dream debut was already assured.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.56CET

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Lineups

málaga

Málaga

zenit

Zenit

13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK) (C)
2
GámezJesús Gámez
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
3
WeligtonWeligton (C)
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
5
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Yellow Card15
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
7
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution85
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution86
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Goal13
Yellow Card31
Substitution62
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution75
15
MonrealNacho Monreal
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
18
EliseuEliseu
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
Substitution40
22
IscoIsco
Goal3
Goal76
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
27
PortilloFrancisco Portillo
Substitution46
29
HulkHulk
Yellow Card90

Substitutes

1
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
16
IturraManuel Iturra
Substitution46
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
17
DudaDuda
Substitution85
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution40
20
BuonanotteDiego Buonanotte
50
CheminavaIgor Cheminava
21
Sergio SánchezSergio Sánchez
77
DjordjevićLuka Djordjević
Substitution75
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
Substitution62
82
LumbMichael Lumb
Substitution86
26
JuanmiJuanmi
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG)

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