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Archavin the architect of Zenit triumph

Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.32CET
FC Zenit St. Peterburg 4-0 FK Crevna Zvezda Andrei Archavin inspires Zenit to a memorable victory.

Match statistics

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Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
0
Attempts off target3
 
0
Corners2
 
1
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed1
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.32CET

Archavin the architect of Zenit triumph

FC Zenit St. Peterburg 4-0 FK Crevna Zvezda Andrei Archavin inspires Zenit to a memorable victory.

Two goals from the impressive Andrei Archavin put FC Zenit St. Peterburg on the verge of a place in the group stage of the UEFA Cup after an emphatic first round first-leg victory over FK Crvena Zvezda at the Petrovsky stadium.

Archavin dazzles
Inspired by their little No10, Zenit jumped into a commanding 3-0 lead by half-time to leave Crvena Zvezda coach Ljupo Petrovic contemplating an early exit from the UEFA Cup to follow the Serbo-Montenegrin side's elimination from the third-qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League against PSV Eindhoven.

Petrzela plans
Archavin's opposite number in the Crvena Zvezda lineup, Radovan Krivokapic, looked his equal in the opening 20 minutes, but Zenit's Czech coach, Vlastimil Petrzela, had prepared well and Vladislav Radimov and Olexandr Horshkov doubled up on him every time the Crvena Zvezda playmaker received the ball. As soon as Krivokapic's markers won the ball, they quickly looked to feed Archavin who gradually imposed his will on proceedings.

Zenit breakthrough
Despite the home side's overwhelming superiority, the first goal was surprisingly late in coming. There were 26 minutes on the clock when Horshkov, Archavin's fellow tormentor-in-chief, ran at the Crvena Zvezda defence before laying the ball off to Archavin who side-footed it past the onrushing Crvena Zvezda goalkeeper Vladimir Dišljenkovic.

Gorshkov goal
Just six minutes later the roles of maker and taker were reversed, Horshkov, increasingly influential, heading in Archavin's right-footed cross from close range. There looked to be no way back for Petrovic's youthful side against the Russian league leaders.

Dišljenkovic helpless
On the stroke of half-time, Archavin confirmed this was going to be his night. Receiving the ball from midfield player Oleg Vlasov on the edge of the penalty area, his powerful shot left Dišljenkovic helpless in the Crevna Zvezda goal.

Kerzhakov scores
Crvena Zvezda started the second half a lot brighter, but any chance of a revival was shattered just eight minutes after the break. A brilliant run from Archavin took him past several Crvena Zvezda defenders down the right flank, before he cut the ball in for the energetic Aleksandr Kerzhakov to tap in from close range.

Tremendous reception
Three minutes from time, with the rain by now coming down heavily, the hero of the night, Archavin, was brought off to a tremendous reception from the home crowd, the smile on his face a stark contrast to the bewildered look worn by Crvena Zvezda's players.

Last updated: 31/01/12 11.02CET

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Lineups

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Zenit

crvena zvezda

Crvena zvezda

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
22
DišljenkovićVladimir Dišljenković (GK) (C)
2
RadimovVladislav Radimov (C)
Substitution44
3
LukovićAleksandar Luković
4
HorákMartin Horák
4
MiladinovićBojan Miladinović
6
SpivakOlexandr Spivak
5
DudićMilan Dudić
8
MarešPavel Mareš
10
KrivokapićRadovan Krivokapić
Substitution71
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Goal26
Goal43
Substitution88
11
PerovićMarko Perović
Substitution61
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Goal53
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
19
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
18
DjordjevićSlavoljub Djordjević
Yellow Card70
28
FlachbartJan Flachbart
20
MarkovićMarjan Marković
Substitution80
43
VlasovOleg Vlasov
Substitution83
25
ŽigićNikola Žigić
88
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
Goal32
32
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Yellow Card21

Substitutes

1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
1
RandjelovićIvan Randjelović (GK)
7
MakarovDmitri Makarov
Substitution88
8
JankovićBoško Janković
Substitution71
20
KatulskyAleksei Katulsky
Substitution83
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution61
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Substitution44
30
BastaDušan Basta
Substitution80
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
14
StančićDragan Stančić
17
MaletićDarko Maletić
15
JoksimovićNebojša Joksimović
24
BurakovAleksandr Burakov
24
PopovGoran Popov

Coach

Vlastimil Petržela (CZE) Ljubo Petrovic (SRB)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Ingemar Larsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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