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Nürnberg strike back to deny Zenit

Published: Friday 30 November 2007, 0.04CET
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2-2 1. FC Nürnberg
Leon Benko's goal earned Nürnberg their first point and stopped the Russian champions topping Group A.

Match statistics

ZenitNürnberg

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
7
Attempts off target10
 
1
Corners12
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 30 November 2007, 0.04CET

Nürnberg strike back to deny Zenit

FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2-2 1. FC Nürnberg
Leon Benko's goal earned Nürnberg their first point and stopped the Russian champions topping Group A.

FC Zenit St. Petersburg missed the chance to go top of Group A as 1. FC Nürnberg recorded their first point of the UEFA Cup group stage.

Honours even
Angelos Charisteas gave the visitors a surprise first-half lead before two goals in four second-half minutes from Pavel Pogrebnyak and substitute Aleksei Ionov put Zenit in front. However, another replacement, Leon Benko, headed Nürnberg level five minutes later to gain a draw for the German side.

Nürnberg lead
Zenit started the brighter, putting the Bundesliga outfit under pressure right from kick-off and nearly went ahead as early as the fourth minute. Pogrebnyak drilled a shot from the edge of the area which Nürnberg goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek tipped over the bar. Radek Šírl then went close for the new Russian champions from 20 metres, yet it was Nürnberg who grabbed the initiative on 25 minutes when Charisteas latched on to Marco Engelhardt's pass to fire into the top corner.

Zenit pressure
Nürnberg almost doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark but Kamil Čontofalský saved Peer Kluge's shot. Zenit ended the first period as the stronger team, with Blažek being forced to make a series of saves in a frenzied finale. The one-way traffic continued as ten minutes after the break, Dick Advocaat's men missed a great opportunity to restore parity – Pogrebnyak heading wide from six metres.

Late goals
Zenit's hard work eventually paid off in the 76th minute when Pogrebnyak turned in Konstantin Zyrianov's cross for the equaliser; and three minutes later the hosts were a goal to the good after another Zyrianov pass found Ionov who finished astutely. Zenit's lead was short-lived, though. Benko's 84th-minute header earned Hans Meyer's side their first point of the campaign. Zenit, with five points, stay second in Group A behind Everton FC.

Last updated: 30/11/07 0.47CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

nürnberg

Nürnberg

1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
5
Kim Dong-JinKim Dong-Jin
28
ReinhardtDominik Reinhardt
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Substitution72
5
WolfAndreas Wolf
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
Yellow Card48
3
BeauchampMichael Beauchamp
Yellow Card45
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Yellow Card24
22
EngelhardtMarco Engelhardt
Substitution81
11
ŠírlRadek Šírl
6
GalásekTomáš Galásek (C)
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
24
KlugePeer Kluge
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
11
MintálMarek Mintál
Substitution74
7
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Substitution80
17
AdlerNicky Adler
Substitution46
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
8
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
Goal76
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Goal25

Substitutes

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
18
KlewerDaniel Klewer (GK)
2
RadimovVladislav Radimov
Substitution80
4
BertiGláuber Berti
14
HagenErik Hagen
13
SaenkoIvan Saenko
Substitution46
17
Lee HoLee Ho
15
KristiansenJan Kristiansen
Substitution74
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
Substitution72
Goal79
16
SchmidtRalf Schmidt
87
MaximovIlya Maksimov
32
BenkoLeon Benko
Substitution81
Goal84
88
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
36
MnariJawhar Mnari

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Hans Meyer (GER)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Patrik Filipek (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

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