FC Zenit became the first Russian side to win at FC Porto as the Premier League champions overcame their Portuguese counterparts thanks to Aleksandr Kerzhakov's late goal.
Porto were a player short for most of the match after Hector Herrera's early red card and looked as if they might hold out for a point, but substitute Kerzhakov's header four minutes from time meant Luciano Spalletti's team moved above their hosts in Group G ahead of the reverse fixture in a fortnight.
I'm not happy with the result but we showed a lot of solidarity and we improved in many aspects even with ten men. I'm proud of what the team did and we even created chances to score.
Paulo Fonseca, Porto coach
Hulk was the player that gave them more problems, he was everywhere, dribbling from the right, setting up [Aleksandr] Kerzhakov for the goal, he was crucial for us.
Luciano Spalletti, Zenit coach
|1||Helton (GK)||1||Lodygin (GK)|
|3||Lucho González (C)|
|24||Fabiano (GK)||95||Vasyutin (GK)|
|Paulo Fonseca (POR)||Luciano Spalletti (ITA)|
|Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)|