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Mixed fortunes for Hulk in Zenit-Porto draw

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 20.16CET
FC Zenit 1-1 FC Porto
Hulk equalised for Zenit but then had a penalty saved by former team-mate Helton during a draw that leaves Group G finely poised.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Petrovski

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Match statistics

ZenitPorto

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts13
 
21
on target6
 
11
off target7
 
10
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
6
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
20
Fouls suffered19
 
13
Passes520
 
629
completed356
 
471

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:31 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 20.16CET

Mixed fortunes for Hulk in Zenit-Porto draw

FC Zenit 1-1 FC Porto
Hulk equalised for Zenit but then had a penalty saved by former team-mate Helton during a draw that leaves Group G finely poised.

FC Zenit and FC Porto remain second and third respectively in UEFA Champions League Group G after playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw.

The visitors drew first blood, taking a deserved 23rd-minute lead thanks to a well-directed header by Lucho González. Zenit were struggling to find any rhythm, but got back into the match before the half-hour mark when Hulk seized on a defensive mix-up. The former Porto favourite had a chance to put Zenit in front early in the second period, but his low penalty was easily saved by Helton.

It was the Portuguese side, defeated 1-0 in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, who got off to the more assured start. They looked comfortable in possession and Danilo's left-footed drive on seven minutes almost beat Yuri Lodygin. The right-back was having quite an impact and it was his measured cross that allowed the Dragons to move ahead midway through the half. Lucho supplied the finish with an excellent header that crept inside Lodygin's left-hand post.

Luciano Spalletti's team were having problems establishing any fluidity in attack and their cause was not helped when Danny, the Russian Premier League's top scorer, was forced off with a muscle strain. However, they got a slice of luck on 28 minutes. Roman Shirokov's speculative pass caused confusion in the Porto defence and Hulk reacted quickest, nipping in to round Helton and slot the ball into the empty net.

Zenit improved markedly in the second half and were given the perfect opportunity to wrest the initiative on 52 minutes after the sliding Nicolás Otamendi blocked Viktor Fayzulin's cross with a raised hand. Hulk stepped up to take the spot kick, yet Helton guessed correctly, diving to his right and easily fielding the weak shot.

With just over 20 minutes to go, Andrey Arshavin replaced Shirokov and the former Russia captain made an immediate impression, rousing the crowd with a couple of excellent pieces of skill. The playmaker could have given his side the advantage with 17 minutes remaining, but his low left-foot effort was saved by Helton after he had been put through by Oleg Shatov.

Zenit, who host section leaders Club Atlético de Madrid on matchday five, pushed for a winner with time running out. Full-back Cristian Ansaldi almost provided it, yet his strike went narrowly the wrong side of the upright.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.44CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

porto

Porto

1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
3
AnsaldiCristian Ansaldi
2
DaniloDanilo
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
Goal23
Substitution86
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts (C)
8
JosuéJosué
Substitution76
7
HulkHulk
Goal28
Penalty52
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
10
DannyDanny
Substitution28
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution67
25
FernandoFernando
Yellow Card56
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
Yellow Card85
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Yellow Card61
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Substitution81
35
DefourSteven Defour

Substitutes

71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution28
4
MaiconMaicon
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
11
GhilasNabil Ghilas
Substitution86
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution81
Yellow Card89
13
ReyesDiego Reyes
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
19
LicáLicá
Substitution76
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution67
21
RicardoRicardo
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
46
AguMikel Agu

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Paulo Fonseca (POR)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Jan Erik Engan (NOR)

Fourth official

Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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