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Zenit leave it late in Athens

Published: Friday 30 September 2005, 0.35CET
AEK Athens FC 0-1 FC Zenit St. Petersburg (agg: 0-1) Andrei Arshavin struck the only goal of the tie in Greece a minute from time.

Match statistics

AEKZenit

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 30 September 2005, 0.35CET

Zenit leave it late in Athens

AEK Athens FC 0-1 FC Zenit St. Petersburg (agg: 0-1) Andrei Arshavin struck the only goal of the tie in Greece a minute from time.

Andrei Arshavin scored an 89th-minute winner for FC Zenit St. Petersburg to secure a 1-0 aggregate victory against AEK Athens FC. After the two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the opening leg in Russia, the second looked to be heading the same way until Arshavin's late strike secured Zenit a place in the UEFA Cup group phase.

Cautious first half
The first chance of a generally cautious first half fell to Alexandre Soares of AEK. The forward collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area before firing over. Zenit responded moments later when Arshavin's inswinging delivery found Milan Vještica unmarked, but the defender could not head on target.

Curling effort
Zenit's best moment of the half came in the 29th minute, when Bruno Cirillo fouled Radek Šírl on the edge of the area. Šírl picked himself up to strike a fine curling free-kick that Stefano Sorrentino did well to save.

AEK urgency
The second period began in a similarly pedestrian vein, until Vladimir Ivić was presented with a good chance on 57 minutes but sent his low show wide of the Zenit goal. The Russian side responded through Vladislav Radimov, whose effort drifted wide, but it was AEK whose increased urgency looked likelier to win through.

Opportunistic Arshavin
Julio Cesar spurned their best chance with ten minutes to go, and was made to pay the price. With the game seemingly heading for extra time, Arshavin seized possession on the edge of the area and lashed a powerful right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Last updated: 30/09/05 0.52CET

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Lineups

aek

AEK

zenit

Zenit

1
SorrentinoStefano Sorrentino (GK)
1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
3
MalbašaNikola Malbaša
2
RadimovVladislav Radimov (C)
Substitution86
5
CirilloBruno Cirillo
5
VješticaMilan Vještica
6
AlexopoulosGeorgios Alexopoulos
8
MarešPavel Mareš
Yellow Card82
7
SoaresAlessandro Soares
9
ŠírlRadek Šírl
11
VenhlinskiyOleh Venhlinskiy
Substitution74
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Goal89
Yellow Card90+3
17
IvićVladimir Ivić
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis (C)
14
HagenErik Hagen
24
KontisChristos Kontis
Yellow Card78
28
FlachbartJan Flachbart
Substitution72
27
ChankoLouay Chanko
Substitution83
44
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
88
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
Substitution90

Substitutes

12
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
30
KrassasAsimakis Krassas
Substitution83
6
SpivakOlexandr Spivak
Substitution72
99
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Substitution74
19
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
Substitution90
20
PliatsikasVassilis Pliatsikas
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Substitution86
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
26
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
21
ČadikovskiDragan Čadikovski
31
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
43
VlasovOleg Vlasov

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Vlastimil Petržela (CZE)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), David Bornhöft (GER)

Fourth official

Babak Rafati (GER)

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