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Kerzhakov and Zenit get better of Anderlecht again

Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 19.59CET
FC Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 RSC Anderlecht
Aleksandr Kerzhakov converted a second-half penalty as the Russian champions got off the mark in Group C at the third time of asking.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Petrovski

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ZenitAnderlecht

Goals scored1
 
0
on target4
 
2
off target10
 
9
Corners5
 
5
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52

Standings

Last updated: 26/12/2012 17:00 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 19.59CET

Kerzhakov and Zenit get better of Anderlecht again

FC Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 RSC Anderlecht
Aleksandr Kerzhakov converted a second-half penalty as the Russian champions got off the mark in Group C at the third time of asking.

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.

The Russian champions had been slow to grab the initiative at a sodden Stadion Petrovski, battling the conditions as much as their visitors as they struggled to retain possession on a slick surface. Indeed, the first opportunity of the night fell to Anderlecht striker Milan Jovanović, who exchanged passes with Dennis Praet before firing fractionally wide with Vyacheslav Malafeev well beaten. Anderlecht's search for a first goal in this season's competition would continue.

Hulk was proving to be Zenit's main and only outlet, and he almost opened the scoring on 19 minutes with a free-kick that zipped off the surface and went just wide, though Silvio Proto probably had it covered. Anderlecht were content to put men behind the ball when they were not in possession and for considerable stretches Zenit were restricted to pot shots from distance.

With their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage hanging by a thread, Zenit began to show more urgency in the second half, chipping away at the Belgian title holders' resolute defence. They were given a lifeline when Jovanović brought down Anyukov after a quickly taken free-kick. Kerzhakov stepped up to send Proto the wrong way.

Zenit had conceded six goals in their opening two matches and their defence looked shaky as Anderlecht pushed for an equaliser. However, aside from a dipping left-foot effort by Jovanović that went narrowly over the bar with seven minutes to go, Malafeev was untroubled as Zenit picked up three valuable points. Another three in Belgium in a fortnight and the once gloomy outlook could appear decidedly rosy.

Last updated: 27/11/12 6.59CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000347/match=2009524/postmatch/report/index.html#kerzhakov+downs+anderlecht

Quotes

  • Luciano Spalletti

    "The only thing that displeased me was the number of chances we failed to convert – we were probably too hasty in front of goal. The team are going through a period where we are having trouble profiting from our creativity"

  • John van den Brom

    "Our disappointment is huge because we deserved more than this, but we can be satisfied about tonight"

Lineups

zenit

Zenit

anderlecht

Anderlecht

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK) (C)
1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
Yellow Card79
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
5
BigliaLucas Biglia (C)
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
10
KanuKanu
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Goal72
11
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Yellow Card72
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
14
NuytinckBram Nuytinck
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution76
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Yellow Card30
Substitution58
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Yellow Card90+2
25
SemakSergei Semak
Substitution67
26
PraetDennis Praet
Substitution73
28
WitselAxel Witsel
27
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Yellow Card52
Substitution83
29
HulkHulk
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet

Substitutes

71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
13
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Substitution76
7
MolinsGuillermo Molins
Substitution83
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
8
OdoiDenis Odoi
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution67
17
YakovenkoOlexandr Yakovenko
Substitution73
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution58
20
SafariBehrang Safari
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
70
VargasRonald Vargas

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) John van den Brom (NED)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Dalibor Conjar (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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