Antonis Papadopoulos - Larnaca 30/07/2014 - 18:00CET (19:00 local time)

Third qualifying round, First leg

AEL - Zenit
1-0

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AEL stun ten-men Zenit in Larnaca

Published: Wednesday 30 July 2014, 20.45CET
AEL Limassol FC 1-0 FC Zenit
A goal from Lukasz Gikiewicz midway through the second half gave AEL the lead, before Axel Witsel was sent off for the visitors.
AEL stun ten-men Zenit in Larnaca
AEL will be looking to complete a surprise aggregate victory next week ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

AEL
Zenit

1

Goals scored

0

3

Total attempts

22

1

on target

5

1

off target

12

0

blocked

5

0

against woodwork

1

3

Corners

10

1

Offsides

0

4

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

1

16

Fouls committed

13

13

Fouls suffered

14

Lineups

ael

AEL

zenit

Zenit

1Fegrouch (GK)1Lodygin (GK)
4Sielis
67
2Anyukov (C)
73
9Gikiewicz
64
4Criscito
22
12Nikolaou (C)7Hulk
17Danielzinho
76
11Kerzhakov
60
19Edmar13Luís Neto
23Carlitos20Fayzulin
43
33Guidileye24Garay
50Cadú
12
28Witsel
67
77Adrián Sardinero
69
35Danny
69
90Zezinho
39
60
44Tymoshchuk

Substitutes

30Pulpo (GK)16Malafeev (GK)
2España5Ryazantsev
7Tagbajumi
69
10Arshavin
10Diego Barcelos14Hubočan
11Carlitos17Shatov
69
20Luciano Bebê
60
19Smolnikov
73
27Eleftheriou
76
80
23Rondón
60

Coaches

Ivaylo Petev (BUL) André Villas-Boas (POR)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

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Standings

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 30 July 2014, 20.45CET

AEL stun ten-men Zenit in Larnaca

AEL Limassol FC 1-0 FC Zenit
A goal from Lukasz Gikiewicz midway through the second half gave AEL the lead, before Axel Witsel was sent off for the visitors.

AEL Limassol FC kept alive their dream of a UEFA Champions League group stage place courtesy of a 1-0 victory against ten-man FC Zenit in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.

Although Zenit, who had Axel Witsel sent off on 67 minutes, enjoyed the majority of possession, they ultimately paid the price for not converting their chances. Lukasz Gikiewicz buried AEL's only real opportunity of the game and the hosts defended stoutly thereafter.

Despite a goalless first half, Zenit were unlucky not to get their noses in front when Danny hit the woodwork on 24 minutes. Hulk, who continously troubled the AEL defence, dribbled past his marker to lay a clever pass into the heart of the area only for Danny's low shot to come back off Karim Fegrouche's right-hand post.

The Russian outfit piled on the pressure in the second half but failed to break the deadlock. Not long after coming off the bench, Luciano Bebê delivered a pinpoint cross into the area for the unmarked Gikiewicz to head past Yuri Lodygin from close range. Already a goal, behind Zenit faced even more of an uphill struggle when Witsel was handed a straight red card for a foul on Danielzinho. Hulk's relentless efforts on goal continued late into the second half, forcing Fegrouche into action on more than one occasion.

André Villas-Boas's side have it all to do when the two sides meet again for the second leg in St Petersburg next week.

Last updated: 30/07/14 23.44CET

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