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Zenit advance in spite of defeat in Vienna

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 23.11CET
FK Austria Wien 4-1 FC Zenit
Zenit progressed as Group G runners-up despite succumbing to an Austria side who reserved their best performance until last. 
by Matthew Watson-Broughton
from Ernst-Happel-Stadion

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Match statistics

Austria WienZenit

Goals scored4
 
1
Possession (%)36
 
64
Total attempts12
 
19
on target10
 
9
off target2
 
10
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
2
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed24
 
17
Fouls suffered16
 
22
Passes396
 
712
completed244
 
564

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 23.11CET

Zenit advance in spite of defeat in Vienna

FK Austria Wien 4-1 FC Zenit
Zenit progressed as Group G runners-up despite succumbing to an Austria side who reserved their best performance until last. 

A goal in each half from Philipp Hosiner helped FK Austria Wien register their maiden UEFA Champions League group stage victory as FC Zenit became the first club to qualify for the knockout stage with only six points.

Aleksandr Kerzhakov had opened the scoring for the visitors – who won just one game in finishing a point above third-placed FC Porto and bottom-ranked Austria in Group G – ten minutes before half-time. Hosiner levelled before the break and made it 3-1 early in the second period, swiftly building on Tomáš Jun's close-range finish. Substitute Roman Kienast capped things off in added time.

Luciano Spalletti's Zenit had started brightly. Hulk had the first shot but sliced wide, before Hosiner spurned the hosts' first chance when, following lovely interplay with Manuel Ortlechner, he could only sidefoot the ball against Zenit goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin.

Zenit were on top, though, and Heinz Lindner needed to make a fine fingertip save to deny Domenico Criscito from distance. Zenit right-back Cristian Ansaldi was then involved at both ends, volleying fiercely against Lindner from 15 metres and inadvertently flicking a long Austria free-kick to Kaja Rogulj, who headed tamely at Lodygin.

The deadlock was broken in emphatic fashion when Hulk turned provider, slipping the ball through for Kerzhakov to run on and round the keeper. However, Nenad Bjelica's men hit back before the half was up and again it was Hosiner at the heart of some excellent play as he played a slick exchange of passes with Marko Stankovic and shot across Lodygin into the far corner of the net.

From looking comfortable, Zenit were now on the back foot and their malaise continued after the restart when a centre from surging left-back Markus Suttner was tapped in by Jun. The capital side were in full flow for the first time this campaign and they stretched their lead when Hosiner tapped in a rebound after Lodygin had parried Florian Mader's long-range strike.

Konstantin Zyryanov and Axel Witsel both had opportunities before Kerzhakov's close-range volley flew wildly over the crossbar. Kienast provided the perfect finish to Hosiner's right-wing delivery late on, but Zenit had good reason not to be too downcast because Porto's 2-0 loss at Club Atlético de Madrid ensured their progress to the knockout stage with a record low points total.

Last updated: 13/12/13 0.09CET

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Lineups

austria wien

Austria Wien

zenit

Zenit

13
LindnerHeinz Lindner (GK)
1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
4
RoguljKaja Rogulj
3
AnsaldiCristian Ansaldi
Substitution83
11
JunTomáš Jun
Goal48
Substitution83
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
14
OrtlechnerManuel Ortlechner (C)
Yellow Card40
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
16
HosinerPhilipp Hosiner
Goal44
Goal51
7
HulkHulk
Yellow Card81
17
MaderFlorian Mader
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Goal35
18
MurgThomas Murg
Substitution60
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
19
StankovicMarko Stankovic
Substitution68
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Yellow Card45+3
25
HollandJames Holland
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov (C)
Substitution63
27
DilaverEmir Dilaver
Yellow Card73
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution83
29
SuttnerMarkus Suttner
28
WitselAxel Witsel

Substitutes

26
KardumIvan Kardum (GK)
71
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
8
ŠimkovičTomas Šimkovič
Substitution68
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
15
RamsebnerChristian Ramsebner
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
Substitution83
22
LeovacMarin Leovac
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
24
KienastRoman Kienast
Substitution83
Goal90+3
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution63
28
RoyerDaniel Royer
Substitution60
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution83
30
KochFabian Koch
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Coach

Nenad Bjelica (CRO) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)

Fourth official

Nikola Karakolev (MKD)

Additional assistant referees

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)

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