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Zenit zip proves too much for AEK

Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 20.51CET
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 4-2 AEK Athens FC
Zenit were in control from Tomáš Hubočan's spectacular first-minute opener and moved three points clear in Group G.
Zenit zip proves too much for AEK
Danko Lazović (right) makes it 4-1 ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZenitAEK

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 20.51CET

Zenit zip proves too much for AEK

FC Zenit St. Petersburg 4-2 AEK Athens FC
Zenit were in control from Tomáš Hubočan's spectacular first-minute opener and moved three points clear in Group G.

FC Zenit St. Petersburg continued their flying start to UEFA Europa League Group G with a comfortable defeat of AEK Athens FC.

Both teams won their opening games 3-1 a fortnight ago but Tomáš Hubočan's spectacular first-minute opener gave Zenit an advantage they seldom looked like losing. Zenit are now three points clear of AEK, who made their 100th appearance in this competition and predecessor UEFA Cup.

Dušan Bajević resigned as AEK coach on Sunday after a 3-1 loss at Olympiacos Volou FC but in the opening seconds of Bledar Kola's reign as caretaker, his team were behind when Hubočan sent in an unstoppable shot from 20 metres for his first goal either for Zenit or in UEFA competition. On 13 minutes it was 2-0, Bruno Alves also opening his Zenit account – against his old club – by meeting Danko Lazović's corner from the left with a strong header that Panagiotis Lagos on the line could not keep out.

At the other end Rafik Djebbour came close a couple of times but it was Nikos Liberopoulos who pulled one back with a looping shot from the edge of the box. However, within six minutes Zenit had a penalty when Cristian Nasuti brought down Vladimir Bystrov after the midfielder had charged down his clearance and Lazović made it 3-1 despite Giannis Arabatzis getting a hand on his spot kick.

Lazović had his second 12 minutes after the interval, applying a subtle finish to a cross from the left by Bystrov. Aleksandr Bukharov's strike was then ruled off for offside but victory was safe for Zenit despite goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev bringing down Nacho Scocco for a late penalty that Pantelis Kafes converted. AEK hope for better at RSC Anderlecht on 21 October when the Russian league leaders welcome HNK Hajduk Split.

Last updated: 02/10/10 2.14CET

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Lineups

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Zenit

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AEK

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK) (C)
Yellow Card81
22
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Goal13
1
KafesPantelis Kafes (C)
Yellow Card43
Goal83
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Goal43
Goal57
3
NasutiCristian Nasuti
Red Card41
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Substitution58
10
DannyDanny
Substitution66
14
MakosGrigoris Makos
Yellow Card84
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Goal1
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
32
ScoccoNacho Scocco
Substitution82
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Goal37
Substitution46
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Substitution66
55
DellasTraianos Dellas
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution74
90
GentzoglouSavvas Gentzoglou

Substitutes

30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
23
SajaSebastián Saja (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
8
JahićSanel Jahić
Substitution46
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
17
ArgyriouAnestis Argyriou
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution66
18
BlancoIsmael Blanco
Substitution82
17
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution66
21
DiopPapa Bouba Diop
Substitution58
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution74
24
BurnsNathan Burns

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Bledar Kola (ALB)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Igor Radojčić (SRB)

Fourth official

Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Boško Jovanetić (SRB), Milenko Vukadinović (SRB)

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