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Advocaat enjoys an all-time high

Published: Wednesday 14 May 2008, 23.57CET
Dick Advocaat reflected on "good times for Russian football" after his FC Zenit St. Petersburg side ensured the UEFA Cup went to eastern Europe for the second time in four years following their final win over Rangers FC.

Match statistics

ZenitRangers

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners9
 
2
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 14 May 2008, 23.57CET

Advocaat enjoys an all-time high

Dick Advocaat reflected on "good times for Russian football" after his FC Zenit St. Petersburg side ensured the UEFA Cup went to eastern Europe for the second time in four years following their final win over Rangers FC.

Dick Advocaat reflected on "good times for Russian football" after his FC Zenit St. Petersburg side ensured the UEFA Cup trophy went to eastern Europe for the second time in four years. But while the Dutchman celebrated the "special prize" of his maiden European title after a host of domestic triumphs, Rangers FC counterpart Walter Smith could only envy the match-winning talent of Andrei Arshavin.

Pride
Advocaat had been prone to refer to Rangers, the club he managed from 1998 to 2002, as "my team" in the run-up to the Manchester final. However, as Zenit's players held him aloft following their 2-0 victory, his allegiance was clear. "I feel very happy," he said, once they had let him down. "Winning a prize like this doesn't happen very often in your life. I have won all sorts of championships in my career but never a European trophy, so it is a special prize. I'm very proud – the way we played in the tournament, we really deserved this."

Harder than Bayern
The pedigree of the opposition Zenit beat en route to their maiden UEFA final was testament to that claim. Villarreal CF, Olympique de Marseille, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and then FC Bayern München all fell to the Russian side, although Advocaat said Rangers provided their biggest test. "It was probably more difficult for us to win this match than the game against Bayern, because everyone expected us to lose against Bayern and the expectation was much greater against Rangers," said the 60-year-old. "But my players handled that really well.

Zenit edge
"We knew Rangers could score a goal out of nothing, especially in the second half. But we scored two brilliant goals and over the 90 minutes we were the better side and deserved to win." That thought was echoed by Walter Smith, who was nonetheless disappointed that his charges failed to claim their club's second European title. "Zenit were the better side in the first half. In the second half we came into it but lost a goal at a bad time," he said, referring to the moment Arshavin fed Igor Denisov to make it 1-0 with 18 minutes remaining. Konstantin Zyryanov wrapped up the win in added time. "I can't speak highly enough of this group of players," Smith added. "They have been fantastic over an 18-game European campaign. None of us would have imagined that we would reach a European final."

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

rangers

Rangers

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
13
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
3
WeirDavid Weir
9
Fatih TekkeFatih Tekke
5
PapacSaša Papac
Substitution77
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
11
ŠírlRadek Šírl
7
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
Substitution80
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Goal90+4
19
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution90+3
21
BroadfootKirk Broadfoot
Yellow Card90+4
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
24
CuéllarCarlos Cuéllar
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Yellow Card72
Goal72
28
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
Substitution86
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
35
DavisSteven Davis

Substitutes

1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
16
SmithGraeme Smith (GK)
2
RadimovVladislav Radimov
9
BoydKris Boyd
Substitution86
5
Kim Dong-JinKim Dong-Jin
Substitution90+3
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution77
7
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
11
AdamCharlie Adam
25
RicksenFernando Ricksen
27
McCullochLee McCulloch
Substitution80
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
30
DaillyChristian Dailly
88
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
39
FayeAmdy Faye

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Henrik Andren (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

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