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Atlético back with a win at Zenit's expense

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.45CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 3-1 FC Zenit
Goals from Miranda, Arda Turan and Léo Baptistão ensured the home side made a winning return to the UEFA Champions League after four years away.
by Paul Bryan
from Estádio Vicente Calderón

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Match statistics

AtléticoZenit

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)46
 
54
Total attempts19
 
10
on target11
 
5
off target8
 
5
blocked4
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners6
 
6
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
20
Passes500
 
585
completed361
 
447

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:28 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.45CET

Atlético back with a win at Zenit's expense

Club Atlético de Madrid 3-1 FC Zenit
Goals from Miranda, Arda Turan and Léo Baptistão ensured the home side made a winning return to the UEFA Champions League after four years away.

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.

With his team beaten away to Málaga CF a year ago and in the knowledge that Zenit had lost on all five previous visits to Spain, coach Luciano Spalletti opted for a five-man defence which frustrated the hosts for large parts of the first period.

Koke skewing wide and a Filipe Luis shot from far out that flew narrowly past the post were all the home fans had to cheer as the half progressed while Hulk showed little sign of what he would summon later in the game, the Brazilian striking two wayward attempts off target.

Having witnessed their side make their best start to a Liga campaign in almost 60 years – scoring 14 goals in four games in the process – the Atlético supporters' belief was palpable. Their faith was repaid five minutes before the interval with Miranda – just as he had done in the Rojiblancos' Copa del Rey final triumph against Real Madrid CF last May – rising to meet Koke's corner at the near post and head high into the net.

Spalletti reacted by replacing defender Luís Nieto with Oleg Shatov at the restart and the tactical change brought its reward. Aleksandr Kerzhakov's header drew a fine save from Thibaut Courtois before Hulk – a scorer here with FC Porto in 2009 – haunted the locals once more, bounding forward to send a fierce left-footed drive from distance inside the near post.    

Atlético were rocked and lucky not to be behind shortly afterwards as Kerzhakov's bending free-kick was kept out by the crossbar. The shaken hosts regrouped and regained the lead after Zenit goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin could only deflect Koke's probing free-kick into the path of Miranda. The defender's initial effort was blocked, as was Arda's subsequent strike, but the Turkish international's persistence paid off when he found the net at the second attempt. 

Roaring their team on, the Vicente Calderón crowd exploded in ecstasy when replacement forward Baptistão sauntered through – within a minute of his introduction – to calmly slot in his first Atlético goal and guarantee his new club a winning return to the competition.

Last updated: 14/04/14 16.35CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

zenit

Zenit

13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
2
GodínDiego Godín
Yellow Card45
3
AnsaldiCristian Ansaldi
3
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card49
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
7
HulkHulk
Goal58
Yellow Card79
Substitution85
6
KokeKoke
Substitution89
10
DannyDanny
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Substitution79
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
9
VillaDavid Villa
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
Substitution46
10
Arda TuranArda Turan
Goal64
Substitution86
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Yellow Card65
14
GabiGabi (C)
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov (C)
Substitution74
20
JuanfranJuanfran
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
Yellow Card54
23
MirandaMiranda
Goal40
28
WitselAxel Witsel

Substitutes

1
AranzubiaDaniel Aranzubia (GK)
71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Substitution86
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
Substitution46
11
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution89
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
12
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution74
15
GuilavoguiJosuha Guilavogui
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
21
BaptistãoLéo Baptistão
Substitution79
Goal80
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution85
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), William Conquer (SCO)

Fourth official

Gavin Harris (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)

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