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Zenit salvage home draw with Atlético

Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 20.17CET
FC Zenit 1-1 Club Atlético de Madrid
Toby Alderweireld's 74th-minute own goal spoiled Atlético's perfect record in Group G and left Zenit a point ahead of third-placed FC Porto.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Stadion Petrovski

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Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 20.17CET

Zenit salvage home draw with Atlético

FC Zenit 1-1 Club Atlético de Madrid
Toby Alderweireld's 74th-minute own goal spoiled Atlético's perfect record in Group G and left Zenit a point ahead of third-placed FC Porto.

FC Zenit ended Club Atlético de Madrid's 100% record in UEFA Champions League Group G with a 1-1 draw at a freezing Stadion Petrovski.

The hosts dominated play, but a disappointing final ball let them down on numerous occasions. They fell behind eight minutes after the interval when Adrián López broke quickly on the counterattack and finished neatly. With little over a quarter of an hour remaining, an own goal by Toby Alderweireld gave Zenit a share of the spoils and a one-point advantage over third-placed FC Porto, who also drew 1-1, with FK Austria Wien.

Luciano Spalletti's side have made a habit of starting slowly in this competition, but for once they enjoyed a bright opening, with the lively Oleg Shatov particularly influential. For all their possession, though, Zenit were having trouble testing Thibaut Courtois, who only had to beat away a fierce drive from Hulk in the first 15 minutes.

Already qualified Atlético were missing a number of key players and were content to sit back and hit their opponents on the break. In the rare moments that the visitors did venture forward, Raúl García was in the thick of the action. On the stroke of half-time, the midfielder almost scored his third European goal of the campaign, but Yuri Lodygin did well to get down and palm away his right-footed effort from the edge of the area.

Zenit began the second period promisingly, with Hulk once again forcing Courtois into a smart stop. On 53 minutes, the well-placed Aleksandr Kerzhakov saw his tame shot saved and seconds later the Sine-belo-golubye were trailing. Raúl García's lovely reverse pass set Adrián López away down the left and the forward sprinted clear unchallenged before beating Lodygin to claim his first UEFA Champions League goal.

Raúl García almost doubled the Rojiblancos' lead a minute later, but his chip from the right of the box sailed over Lodygin and skimmed the crossbar. Zenit were struggling to find any fluidity and their eight-match unbeaten sequence in continental competition at the Stadion Petrovski appeared to be coming to a halt.

However, they profited from a huge slice of luck on 74 minutes. Igor Smolnikov's innocuous-looking cross from the right glanced off the head of the impressive Alderweireld and looped over Courtbois, who seemed to think the ball was floating wide of the far post.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.43CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

atlético

Atlético

1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
6
KokeKoke
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts (C)
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal53
7
HulkHulk
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Yellow Card84
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
11
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution80
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
12
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Goal74
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution64
14
GabiGabi (C)
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
15
GuilavoguiJosuha Guilavogui
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
20
JuanfranJuanfran
Yellow Card30
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution64
22
InsuaEmiliano Insua
28
WitselAxel Witsel
23
MirandaMiranda

Substitutes

71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
1
AranzubiaDaniel Aranzubia (GK)
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
16
Óliver TorresÓliver Torres
Substitution80
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
17
Javi ManquilloJavi Manquillo
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution64
18
GiménezJosé María Giménez
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution64
21
BaptistãoLéo Baptistão
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
27
LucasLucas
57
KhodzhaniyazovDzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov
42
NdoyeMomar Ndoye

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Diego Simeone (ARG)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Peter Kirkup (ENG), Simon Long (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Mike Dean (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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