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Danny delivers as Zenit win at Milan

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 23.09CET
AC Milan 0-1 FC Zenit St Petersburg
The Russian champions rubber-stamped their ticket for the UEFA Europa League courtesy of Danny's goal ten minutes before the interval.
by Paolo Menicucci
from San Siro

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Match statistics

MilanZenit

Goals scored0
1
on target5
 
4
off target13
 
2
Corners6
 
1
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)57
 
43

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:21 CET

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Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 23.09CET

Danny delivers as Zenit win at Milan

AC Milan 0-1 FC Zenit St Petersburg
The Russian champions rubber-stamped their ticket for the UEFA Europa League courtesy of Danny's goal ten minutes before the interval.

A first-half goal from Danny proved decisive as FC Zenit St Petersburg overcame AC Milan in Group C and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

With the hosts already assured of second spot in the section behind Málaga CF, Massimiliano Allegri opted to leave the in-form Stephan El Shaarawy on the bench. And with the Rossoneri somewhat blunted in attack as a consequence, Zenit took control and landed the telling blow ten minutes before the break when captain Danny stroked in a shot from inside the penalty area.

Fancied at the start of the group stage, Zenit at least take their leave of the UEFA Champions League on a high courtesy of only their second victory in 12 away matches in Europe's premier club competition.   

Milan enjoyed most of the possession in the early exchanges without creating an opportunity of note. The Russian champions had the first significant attempt after 18 minutes when Sergei Semak found space on the right before cutting inside and firing just over the crossbar. Cristián Zapata then intervened to stop Hulk's run towards goal.

Back came Milan, however, and Nicolas Lombaerts deflected over a close-range effort by Giampaolo Pazzini following Mattia De Sciglio's low ball from the right. From the ensuing corner, Zapata missed the target with a right-foot volley.

With 35 minutes on the clock, though, Luciano Spalletti's team took the lead, goalscorer Danny launching the move with an attempted pass to Semak inside the box. When the ball rebounded kindly into his path, the Portuguese international did well to wrap his right foot around the ball and direct a precise low shot across Christian Abbiati.

Vyacheslav Malafeev punched away a powerful shot from Mathieu Flamini at the other end as Milan sought an instant riposte, and the Zenit keeper made a more difficult save early in the second period when he blocked Pazzini's close-range strike with his feet.

Allegri reinforced his attack, sending on Robinho and El Shaarawy for left-back Djamel Mesbah and midfielder Flamini respectively, changes which almost paid dividends. The Brazil forward came close with a curling effort that whistled past Malafeev's left-hand post, while El Shaarawy missed the target from a promising position with five minutes left. It was not, however, Milan's night.

Last updated: 06/12/12 1.30CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

zenit

Zenit

32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
2
De SciglioMattia De Sciglio
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
10
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Yellow Card87
11
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card43
13
AcerbiFrancesco Acerbi
10
DannyDanny (C)
Goal35
15
MesbahDjamel Mesbah
Substitution65
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card58
Substitution80
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution88
17
ZapataCristián Zapata
25
SemakSergei Semak
Substitution90+1
22
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution90+1
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini (C)
28
WitselAxel Witsel
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
29
HulkHulk
Yellow Card46
Substitution80

Substitutes

59
GabrielGabriel (GK)
71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
7
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution65
Yellow Card87
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution80
8
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
58
ZuevIlya Zuev
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
77
DjordjevićLuka Djordjević
37
PetagnaAndrea Petagna
Substitution90+1
82
LumbMichael Lumb
Substitution90+1
76
YepesMario Yepes
94
EvseevAleksei Evseev
92
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Substitution80
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution88

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Fredji Harchay (FRA), Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Fourth official

Laurent Stien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Clément Turpin (FRA), Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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