Aleksandr Kerzhakov kept his cool from the spot 18 minutes from time as FC Zenit St Petersburg kick-started their UEFA Champions League campaign with a hard-fought triumph over RSC Anderlecht.
Coming into the game on the back of two defeats in as many Group C outings, the home side knew nothing short a victory would do against opponents who had not recorded a win in this competition since 2005. Luciano Spalletti's charges were frustrated for long periods but when Aleksandr Anyukov was hauled down Kerzhakov, scorer of a hat-trick at Anderlecht in 2010, took his chance from 12 metres.
|16||Malafeev (GK) (C)||1||Proto (GK)|
|71||Baburin (GK)||13||Kaminski (GK)|
|Luciano Spalletti (ITA)||John van den Brom (NED)|
|Ivan Bebek (CRO)|