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Zenit complete emphatic Paços play-off win

Published: Wednesday 28 August 2013, 20.13CET
FC Zenit 4-2 FC Paços de Ferreira (agg: 8-3)
Danny scored twice as the Russian side qualified for the group stage for the fourth time, consigning Paços de Ferreira to the UEFA Europa League.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Petrovski

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Match statistics

ZenitPaços Ferreira

Goals scored4
 
2
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts16
 
19
on target12
 
6
off target4
 
13
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides7
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
14
Passes538
 
616
completed385
 
474

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 28 August 2013, 20.13CET

Zenit complete emphatic Paços play-off win

FC Zenit 4-2 FC Paços de Ferreira (agg: 8-3)
Danny scored twice as the Russian side qualified for the group stage for the fourth time, consigning Paços de Ferreira to the UEFA Europa League.

FC Zenit made it through to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the fourth time after comfortably disposing of debutants FC Paços de Ferreira.

Danny was the architect of the Portuguese side's downfall with a wonderful individual display, the No10 scoring two excellent goals, one in each half. A further strike from Aleksandr Bukharov made it 3-0 on the night and the goals kept coming in front of a boisterous home crowd as Manuel José and Carlão struck either side of an Andrey Arshavin penalty. Eventually Zenit emerged with a 4-2 victory, and an 8-3 triumph overall.

Paços were always up against it after their 4-1 first-leg loss and despite a bright opening, they gradually succumbed to Zenit's superiority in midfield, with Roman Shirokov and Axel Witsel asking a number of questions of the visitors' defence. Luciano Spalletti's men broke the deadlock on 29 minutes thanks to a superbly taken goal by Danny. Igor Smolnikov broke clear down the left and his pull-back found the onrushing Portuguese international, who ghosted past Ricardo before firing an unstoppable left-footed shot past Matias Degra.

Danny was again in the thick of the action three minutes into the second half. He embarked on a driving run, culminating in an expertly taken right-footed chip which nestled into the top corner. Bukharov then increased his team's lead midway through the half with a powerful header from close range after getting on the end of Aleksandr Anyukov's cross.

With the game safe, Zenit relaxed and there was a distinct drop in their intensity. Paços got on the scoreboard when Manuel José's speculative drive from distance took a deflection off Nicolas Lombaerts, wrong-footing Yuri Lodygin.

That was not the end of the scoring. There was still time for Arshavin to add a fourth, converting from the spot having been felled by Rui Miguel, and for Carlão to pull another one back for Sérgio Gaminha's charges with seven minutes remaining. For Paços, a greater source of consolation is the place that awaits in the UEFA Europa League group stage. 

Last updated: 05/09/13 11.53CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

paços ferreira

Paços Ferreira

1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
1
DegraMatias Degra (GK)
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts (C)
4
RomeuMarcos Romeu
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
Goal66
6
VítorVítor
10
DannyDanny
Goal29
Goal48
Substitution73
8
André LeãoAndré Leão
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
Yellow Card28
15
GrégoryGrégory
Yellow Card58
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution46
16
HurtadoPaolo Hurtado
Substitution56
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
17
Nuno SantosNuno Santos
Yellow Card53
Substitution64
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
19
RicardoRicardo
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Substitution69
22
Hélder LopesHélder Lopes
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
81
Manuel JoséManuel José (C)
Goal67
Substitution81
85
MogilevetsPavel Mogilevets
83
CarlãoCarlão
Goal83

Substitutes

71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
45
FilipeAntónio Filipe (GK)
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution73
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution56
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
11
CaetanoRui Caetano
Substitution81
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution69
Yellow Card86
14
PoulsonJaime Poulson
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution46
Goal78
20
Sérgio OliveiraSérgio Oliveira
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
27
Rodrigo AntônioRodrigo Antônio
Substitution64
57
KhodzhaniyazovDzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov
96
Filipe AnunciaçãoFilipe Anunciação

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Sérgio Gaminho (POR)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Victoriano Diaz Casado (ESP)

Fourth official

José Miranda (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Fernando Teixeira (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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