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Kerzhakov double sinks Sevilla

Published: Thursday 24 November 2005, 23.55CET
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Sevilla FC Aleksandr Kerzhakov struck twice to give the Russian side three important points in Group H.

Match statistics

ZenitSevilla

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners8
 
12
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
17
Yellow cards4
 
6
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 November 2005, 23.55CET

Kerzhakov double sinks Sevilla

FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Sevilla FC Aleksandr Kerzhakov struck twice to give the Russian side three important points in Group H.

Aleksandr Kerzhakov struck twice to give FC Zenit St. Petersburg a Group H victory against Sevilla FC and put the Russian side on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup.

Čontofalský heroics
The Russian international opened the scoring in the first half and then doubled the home team's advantage in the 89th minute. There was still time for Javier Saviola to pull a goal back, however, and only a fine save from home goalkeeper Kamil Čontofalský prevented the Primera División side from scraping a point.

Deadlock broken
The sides kicked off level on three points - although Sevilla had played one game to Zenit's two - and it was the Russian team who struck first, taking the lead in the eleventh minute with a simple goal. Pavel Mareš played the ball from the left side of the penalty area to Kerzhakov, whose right-footed shot from 12 metres found the back of the net. Five minutes later Kerzhakov fired wide before Andrei Arshavin was denied by goalkeeper Antonio Notario.

Zenit dominate
Sevilla threatened after 34 minutes when Fernando Sales headed the ball goalwards only for Čontofalský to make the save. However, Zenit were having the better of the first half and another Kerzhakov effort, this time from a free-kick, forced Notario into action once more.

Notario scare
Sevilla enjoyed plenty of the possession after the interval but struggled to make inroads into the Zenit defence. Notario came to the visitors' rescue again after 50 minutes when he did well to keep hold of an Arshavin effort although the Sevilla custodian spilled Kerzhakov's shot moments later, though no Zenit player was no hand to capitalise.

Sevilla fightback
In a rare Sevilla foray, Javier Saviola saw his goalbound strike deflected to safety by Erik Hagen. The Argentinian forward came to life in the closing stages and after 81 minutes his right-footed shot brought another important save from Čontofalský. The Slovakian goalkeeper then did well to punch away a Frédéric Kanouté cross, while Vicenzo Maresca fired over as the Andalusian side pressed.

Late drama
However, their hopes were dashed in the 89th minute when Kerzhakov scored his second, calmly side-footing into the bottom corner from 12 metres. Sevilla pulled one back in added time when Saviola knocked in Jordi López's corner and the Spanish side almost snatched an unlikely draw but Čontofalský blocked Kepa Blanco's last-gasp effort to preserve the points.

Last updated: 25/11/05 12.30CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

sevilla

Sevilla

1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
13
NotarioAntonio Notario (GK)
2
RadimovVladislav Radimov (C)
Substitution66
3
DavidCastedo David (C)
Yellow Card29
Substitution53
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
4
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card68
6
SpivakOlexandr Spivak
Substitution87
7
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Goal90+3
8
MarešPavel Mareš
Yellow Card84
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution15
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Yellow Card27
Substitution90+4
19
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
Yellow Card81
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Goal11
Goal88
20
Aitor OcioAitor Ocio
14
HagenErik Hagen
Yellow Card39
22
Fernando SalesFernando Sales
Yellow Card57
Substitution62
28
FlachbartJan Flachbart
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca
Yellow Card71
44
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
27
PuertaAntonio Puerta
Yellow Card90+3
88
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
Yellow Card60
30
KepaKepa

Substitutes

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
19
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
Substitution90+4
8
JordiLópez Jordi
Substitution15
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Substitution66
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
Substitution62
43
VlasovOleg Vlasov
Substitution87
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution53
5
VješticaMilan Vještica
16
AdrianoAdriano
20
KozhanovOleg Kozhanov
18
MartíJosé Luis Martí
21
ČadikovskiDragan Čadikovski
24
Pablo AlfaroPablo Alfaro

Coach

Vlastimil Petržela (CZE) Juande Ramos (ESP)

Referee

Philippe Leuba (SUI)

Assistant referees

Armand Barraud (SUI), Carmelo Salerno (SUI)

Fourth official

Jérôme Laperrière (SUI)

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