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Saenko clincher opens Spartak account

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.29CET
NK Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 FC Spartak Moskva
Ivan Saenko's 75th-minute goal in Croatia decided a game of few chances and got the Russian outfit off the mark in Group D.
Saenko clincher opens Spartak account
Ivan Saenko's goal got Spartak up and running in Group D ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Dinamo ZagrebSpartak Moskva

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners3
 
2
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed10
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.29CET

Saenko clincher opens Spartak account

NK Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 FC Spartak Moskva
Ivan Saenko's 75th-minute goal in Croatia decided a game of few chances and got the Russian outfit off the mark in Group D.

Ivan Saenko's late goal gave FC Spartak Moskva a first victory in UEFA Cup Group D, 1-0 away to NK Dinamo Zagreb.

Off the mark
The Russia striker decided a game of few chances at the Maksimir Stadium, firing home from the edge of the area to secure Spartak's first points in the group. The Croatian side were unable to make inroads into the visiting defence, being reduced to trying their luck from distance. For Michael Laudrup's men, the win made amends for a home defeat by Udinese Calcio three weeks ago. Dinamo already had points on the board after beating NEC Nijmegen before losing to Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Long range
Here, Marijan Vlak's charges were soon on the back foot as first Aleksandr Prudnikov, then Aleksandr Pavlenko sent in long-range efforts on Tomislav Butina's goal. Although Marijo Mandžukić fired over the Spartak crossbar, Stipe Pletikosa waited till midway through the opening period before making his first save, from Pedro Morales's speculative strike for Dinamo. The tight nature of the contest continued into the second half, with Prudnikov blasting an attempt high and wide, although Martin Jiránek got somewhat closer to the home goal with a header off target from a Pavlenko corner.

Breakthrough
With both back lines still dominant, Dinamo's Luis Ibáñez and Saenko of Spartak joined the list of players resigned to taking pot shots from distance. Eventually, though, Saenko found the perfect range from the edge of the box, and with Ibáñez's response being easily gathered by Pletikosa and Igor Bišcan nodding wide, Spartak held on to the spoils.

Last updated: 27/11/08 23.42CET

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Lineups

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

1
ButinaTomislav Butina (GK)
22
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
3
IbáñezLuis Ibáñez
Substitution80
31
ParshivlyukSergei Parshivlyuk
Yellow Card48
4
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
7
JiránekMartin Jiránek
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
Substitution69
4
FathiMalik Fathi
14
MikićMihael Mikić
14
Clemente RodríguezClemente Rodríguez
16
BadeljMilan Badelj
32
BazhenovNikita Bazhenov
Substitution83
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card90+2
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
21
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak
Yellow Card44
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč (C)
Yellow Card68
22
BišćanIgor Bišćan (C)
Yellow Card58
8
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
Substitution78
26
DrpićDino Drpić
30
SaenkoIvan Saenko
Goal75
Yellow Card90+2
77
MoralesPedro Morales
Substitution42
18
PrudnikovAleksandr Prudnikov
Substitution59

Substitutes

12
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
35
DzhanaevSoslan Dzhanaev (GK)
7
EttoEtto
Substitution69
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
8
TomićAnte Tomić
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
9
BalabanBoško Balaban
Substitution42
19
MaidanaChristian Maidana
10
SammirSammir
Substitution80
38
MaloyanArtur Maloyan
Substitution59
11
TadićJosip Tadić
43
ZotovAleksandr Zotov
Substitution83
25
ŠokotaTomo Šokota
57
GrigoryevMaksim Grigoryev
Substitution78

Coach

Marijan Vlak (CRO) Michael Laudrup (DEN)

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Kai Voss (GER)

Fourth official

Marc Seemann (GER)

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