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Late Kerzhakov goal gives Zenit points at Porto

Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 23.04CET
FC Porto 0-1 FC Zenit
Reduced to ten men by Hector Herrera's early red card, Porto were finally undone by substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov's 86th-minute header.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Dragão

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Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 23.04CET

Late Kerzhakov goal gives Zenit points at Porto

FC Porto 0-1 FC Zenit
Reduced to ten men by Hector Herrera's early red card, Porto were finally undone by substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov's 86th-minute header.

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. 

In a lively start, the game turned on one end-to-end movement. Hulk, back at the club he left for Zenit in 2012, broke powerfully after a Porto corner was cleared and was brought down deep in home territory by Herrera, who was booked for the foul. The Mexico midfielder then received a second caution for encroachment from the resulting free-kick, being dismissed six minutes into his UEFA Champions League debut.

Led by Hulk, Zenit threatened to take control of proceedings, the Brazil forward flashing a typical left-foot shot across the face of Helton's goal, but Porto quickly showed they were not ready to lie down. Josué curled in a dipping effort from a free-kick that brushed the top of the net, before Lucho González hit a beautiful drive from just outside the penalty area that crashed back off Yuri Lodygin's left-hand post.

While Porto continued to carry much of the attacking threat, Zenit played patiently and sporadically carved out chances. Danny found space on the edge of the box from Andrey Arshavin's pass but scooped over the top, before Roman Shirokov's clever strike curved narrowly wide with Helton beaten.

Paulo Fonseca's side began the second period in upbeat form and the coach continued to be positive as torrential rain drove down, sending on Silvestre Varela for Licá. The Portuguese international winger almost made an immediate impact, dribbling inside past a series of challenges before raking a shot wide.

Hulk then had the best opportunity of the contest so far, in the 57th minute. Nicolás Otamendi's slip let in the attacker for a clear run on goal, but Helton dived and blocked superbly at the feet of his former team-mate to divert the ball for a corner.

It seemed as if Zenit might grind the ten men down as time started to run out, Hulk stinging Helton's hands with a fizzing free-kick as he sought to make the breakthrough. Porto almost struck against the run of play as Varela's rasping drive rapped the crossbar, but instead Kerzhakov nodded in Hulk's teasing cross to send the sizeable away contingent into raptures.

Last updated: 03/12/13 20.15CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

zenit

Zenit

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
2
DaniloDanilo
3
AnsaldiCristian Ansaldi
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
Yellow Card72
Substitution86
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts (C)
8
JosuéJosué
Substitution75
7
HulkHulk
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
Yellow Card74
10
DannyDanny
16
HerreraHector Herrera
Yellow Card5
Red Card6
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
Yellow Card90+4
19
LicáLicá
Substitution53
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Yellow Card42
Substitution73
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
25
FernandoFernando
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
Substitution80
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Yellow Card36
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution65

Substitutes

24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
95
VasyutinAleksandr Vasyutin (GK)
4
MaiconMaicon
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
Substitution80
10
QuinteroJuan Quintero
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution73
Goal86
11
GhilasNabil Ghilas
Substitution86
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution53
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution65
21
RicardoRicardo
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution75
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Coach

Paulo Fonseca (POR) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Mauro Tonolini (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA), Paolo Valeri (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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