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Hulk thunderbolt seals Lyon scalp for perfect Zenit

Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.35CET
Zenit 3-1 Lyon
Hulk scored a marvellous long-distance goal as the Russian side maintained their best ever start to a UEFA Champions League campaign.
Hulk thunderbolt seals Lyon scalp for perfect Zenit
Hulk celebrates his goal with Axel Witsel ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

ZenitLyon

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts13
 
15
on target6
 
3
off target3
 
7
blocked4
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
7
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
17
Fouls suffered17
 
14
Passes362
 
590
completed305
 
522

Standings

Group H

PPts
FC Zenit Zenit39
Valencia CF Valencia36
KAA Gent Gent31
Olympique Lyonnais Lyon31

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 14/06/2016 17:09 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.35CET

Hulk thunderbolt seals Lyon scalp for perfect Zenit

Zenit 3-1 Lyon
Hulk scored a marvellous long-distance goal as the Russian side maintained their best ever start to a UEFA Champions League campaign.

  • Zenit continue best ever start to a group stage with third win in three matches
  • In-form Russia striker Artem Dzyuba on target for fifth successive game for Zenit
  • Brilliant second-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Hulk
  • Lyon stay on one point, five points adrift of Valencia in second
  • The teams play again at the Stade de Gerland on 4 November

Hulk struck a fine long-distance effort as Zenit made it three UEFA Champions League wins from three to leave Lyon on the brink.

The Russian side were on top for much of the evening, and were ahead inside three minutes as Artem Dzyuba calmly slotted. It took a moment of brilliance from Alexandre Lacazette to restore parity at the beginning of the second period but parity was brief. Hulk made sure of that.

Lyon coach Hubert Fournier said this represented his team's "last opportunity" on the eve of the game but the carrion call apparently fell on deaf ears amid a surprisingly low-key first-half showing. Dzyuba's strike did not help, but there was little in the way of a response.

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Hulk celebrates his fine strike

Instead the Russian hosts and Hulk in particular led the charge, with the soundtrack provided by their fans running through the repertoire of rock band Leningrad (Zenit fans themselves). They could so easily have gone 2-0 up as Dzyuba slipped with the goal at his mercy.

It was all a bit too easy, but Lyon emerged for the second period a force renewed. Within four minutes they were level. There were plenty of blue shirts back when Christophe Jallet volleyed in a first-time cross but none foresaw Lacazette's lovely flick with his trailing leg.

Hulk can do cute, too, but his equaliser seven minutes later was all brawn after he turned the ball over on halfway. The Brazilian drove into a position about 30 metres out before unleashing a left-footed thunderbolt that tantalisingly bent away from Anthony Lopes and into the net.

With seven minutes left, Hulk and Oleg Shatov combined on the counterattack, teeing up Danny for a simple finish to wrap up the points.

Reaction
André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach
This is a fantastic win. I'm glad we won, but we still have an important second game in France, and that meeting will be very important for Lyon. Our players deserved this victory. The only difference [between Zenit's domestic and European form] is in mistakes. In the Russian league we're making them; in the Champions League we haven't, and that is why we have nine points after three matches.

Hubert Fournier, Lyon coach
Last year we had a good season, but the reality is that now we're not good enough to get to the round of 16. Yes, we still have a mathematical chance of qualifying but really, taking into account our opportunities, we expect to take third place. Now it's more frustration than regret. In the three games we sometimes played well, and needed to take more than one point from them.

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Last updated: 11/11/15 14.47CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

lyon

Lyon

41
KerzhakovMikhail Kerzhakov (GK)
1
Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
2
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Yellow Card90+2
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
8
TolissoCorentin Tolisso
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Goal49
Substitution80
7
HulkHulk
Yellow Card6
Goal56
12
FerriJordan Ferri
Substitution71
10
DannyDanny (C)
Goal82
Substitution89
13
JalletChristophe Jallet
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
15
MorelJérémy Morel
21
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Yellow Card52
Substitution84
19
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
22
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Goal3
Substitution75
20
RafaelRafael
Yellow Card46
Substitution83
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons (C)
Yellow Card39
28
WitselAxel Witsel
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
Yellow Card52

Substitutes

1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
30
GorgelinMathieu Gorgelin (GK)
5
RyazantsevAleksandr Ryazantsev
Substitution89
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
Substitution84
9
BeauvueClaudio Beauvue
Substitution80
14
YusupovArtur Yusupov
Substitution75
11
GhezzalRachid Ghezzal
Substitution71
52
IvanovAndrei Ivanov
14
DarderSergi Darder
92
DolgovPavel Dolgov
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
94
EvseevAleksei Evseev
27
CornetMaxwel Cornet
Substitution83

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Hubert Fournier (FRA)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)

Fourth official

John Brooks (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Jonathan Moss (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution