Estadio Vicente Calderón - Madrid 18/09/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Group stage - Group G

Atlético - Zenit
3-1
 

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Atlético back with a win at Zenit's expense

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.00CET
Atlético back with a win at Zenit's expense
Miranda is mobbed after putting Atlético in front ©Getty Images

Club Atlético de Madrid made sure of a successful return to the UEFA Champions League by producing an impressive victory against FC Zenit.

After a 45-month absence from the competition, during which time they won the UEFA Europa League twice, Diego Simeone's side took time to get into their stride but Miranda's header shortly before the break set them on their way. A spectacular second-half effort from Hulk brought the visitors level but Atlético responded strongly and Arda Turan and substitute Léo Baptistão struck in the final half-hour to secure a winning start to Group G.

Match in 5

  • Atlético mark return to competition with home win
  • Miranda heads Atlético ahead just before break
  • Hulk hits wonder strike to level early in second half
  • Arda Turan bundles home hosts' second minutes later
  • Substitute Baptistão seals win on debut with second touch

Reaction

We knew that the match was going to be very tough because Zenit have very good players. Listening to the UEFA Champions League anthem is very exciting.

Léo Baptistão, Atlético striker

Léo Baptistão, Atlético striker

Atlético are riding the crest of a wave right now and you can see the strong spirit that helped them more than us in the individual battles.

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach

 

Player rater

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Top Player

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

zenit

Zenit

13Courtois (GK)1Lodygin (GK)
2Godín
Yellow Card45
3Ansaldi
3Filipe Luis6Lombaerts
Yellow Card49
4Mario Suárez7Hulk
Goal58
Yellow Card79
Substitution85
6Koke
Substitution89
10Danny
7Adrián López
Substitution79
11Kerzhakov
9Villa13Luís Neto
Substitution46
10Arda Turan
Goal64
Substitution86
14Hubočan
Yellow Card65
14Gabi (C)18Zyryanov (C)
Substitution74
20Juanfran19Smolnikov
Yellow Card54
23Miranda
Goal40
28Witsel

Substitutes

1Aranzubia (GK)71Baburin (GK)
8Raúl García
Substitution86
17Shatov
Substitution46
11Cristian Rodríguez
Substitution89
20Fayzulin
12Alderweireld23Arshavin
Substitution74
15Guilavogui24Luković
21Baptistão
Substitution79
Goal80
34Bystrov
Substitution85
22Insúa44Tymoshchuk

Coaches

Diego Simeone (ARG) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Standings

Last updated: 19/09/2013 10:33 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Atlético
Zenit

3

Goals scored

1

46

Possession (%)

54

19

Total attempts

10

11

on target

5

8

off target

5

4

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

1

6

Corners

6

2

Offsides

0

1

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

21

Fouls committed

13

13

Fouls suffered

20

500

Passes

585

361

completed

447

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Atlético Madrid survived a scare just after the break when Hulk cancelled out Miranda's first half header with a stunning strike but goals from Arda Turan and Léo Baptistão secured a memorable victory for the home fans.
  • Substitution
    89
    Cristian Rodríguez (in) - Koke (out) (Atlético)
    21-year-old Koke is off after an impressive first appearance in the UEFA Champions League. His assist gave his side the lead and he looked dangerous throughout.
  • Substitution
    86
    Raúl García (in) - Arda Turan (out) (Atlético)
    Standing ovation for the Turkish international, whose goal put the hosts back in the lead, as he leaves the field
  • Substitution
    85
    Bystrov (in) - Hulk (out) (Zenit)
  • Goal
    80
    Baptistão (Atlético) scores!
    And what a debut for the young Italian. He picks up a pass from Arda Turan, that looks like it is meant for David Villa, and with the Zenit defenders wrong footed he slots home the hosts' third.

See also

  • Atlético

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Porto, 01 October 2013, 1-2
  • Zenit

    Next match played UEFA Champions League: v Austria Wien, 01 October 2013, 0-0
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