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Austria Wien denied by ten-man Zenit

Published: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 20.25CET
FC Zenit 0-0 FK Austria Wien
Both sides are still seeking a first Group G win after a stalemate in which Zenit had midfielder Axel Witsel sent off a minute before half-time.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Petrovski

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Published: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 20.25CET

Austria Wien denied by ten-man Zenit

FC Zenit 0-0 FK Austria Wien
Both sides are still seeking a first Group G win after a stalemate in which Zenit had midfielder Axel Witsel sent off a minute before half-time.

Ten-man FC Zenit and FK Austria Wien gained their first points in UEFA Champions League Group G as they played out a goalless draw in St Petersburg.

Despite the dismissal of Axel Witsel for a challenge on Florian Mader a minute before the break, the home side continued to dominate possession for long periods. Austria Wien, excellently marshalled throughout by captain and defender Manuel Ortlechner, grew in confidence as the second half wore on but created little of note themselves.

Buoyed by a run of five successive wins on the domestic front, Luciano Spalletti's Zenit looked to make a statement from the off. They were controlling both territory and the ball, and went close to opening the scoring in the 12th minute when Hulk's shot from outside the penalty area hit a post.

Aleksandr Kerzhakov became the all-time leading scorer in the Russian top flight at the weekend when he registered his 208th goal in a 4-2 defeat of FC Spartak Moskva, and the forward had an opportunity to further enhance his credentials before the interval. However, having been put through down the left by Hulk, the 30-year-old miscued his strike with just Heinz Lindner to beat.

Nenad Bjelica's team, beaten in the Austrian Cup a week ago by third-tier opposition, had to wait until the 41st minute for their first real moment of danger, as Philipp Hosiner's right-footed drive skimmed the upright. There was one more twist to what was an action-packed first half when, a minute before the whistle, Witsel was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Mader.

The visitors took time to make their numerical advantage count in the second period, though Hosiner threatened again soon after the hour when his effort was blocked by Nicolas Lombaerts. As the Violets became more adventurous, gaps appeared in their defence, openings which Zenit were more than happy to try to exploit. Danny was proving a constant menace down the left flank, yet too often the final ball let the Premier-Liga leaders down.

Austria Wien continued to defend stoically, with Ortlechner putting in a man-of-the-match performance, and in the end the debutants were fully deserving of their first UEFA Champions League point.

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.02CET

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Lineups

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Zenit

austria wien

Austria Wien

1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
13
LindnerHeinz Lindner (GK)
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts (C)
8
ŠimkovičTomas Šimkovič
7
HulkHulk
14
OrtlechnerManuel Ortlechner (C)
10
DannyDanny
15
RamsebnerChristian Ramsebner
Yellow Card73
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution65
16
HosinerPhilipp Hosiner
Substitution90+2
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Yellow Card72
17
MaderFlorian Mader
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
Substitution50
22
LeovacMarin Leovac
Yellow Card70
Substitution80
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
Yellow Card4
25
HollandJames Holland
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
28
RoyerDaniel Royer
Yellow Card23
Substitution57
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Substitution87
29
SuttnerMarkus Suttner
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Red Card44
30
KochFabian Koch

Substitutes

71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
1
P. GrünwaldPascal Grünwald (GK)
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Substitution87
5
RotpullerLukas Rotpuller
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
9
OkotieRubin Okotie
Substitution80
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution50
11
JunTomáš Jun
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution65
18
MurgThomas Murg
Substitution57
Yellow Card88
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
23
SpiridonovicSrdan Spiridonovic
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
24
KienastRoman Kienast
Substitution90+2

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Nenad Bjelica (CRO)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)

Fourth official

Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Marco Fritz (GER), Bastian Dankert (GER)

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