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Classy Zenit stay perfect with win against Anderlecht

Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 20.50CET
FC Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 RSC Anderlecht
Luciano Spalletti's side won comfortably to maintain their 100% Group G record and leave the visitors facing an uphill struggle to qualify.
Classy Zenit stay perfect with win against Anderlecht
Zenit made it five group victories from five by overcoming Anderlecht ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZenitAnderlecht

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners5
 
7
Offsides7
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
7
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 20.50CET

Classy Zenit stay perfect with win against Anderlecht

FC Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 RSC Anderlecht
Luciano Spalletti's side won comfortably to maintain their 100% Group G record and leave the visitors facing an uphill struggle to qualify.

FC Zenit St Petersburg maintained their 100% Group G record and put RSC Anderlecht's own qualification out of their hands with a 3-1 win against the Belgian side.

Clinical all campaign, it was once again Zenit's touch of class when it mattered which proved decisive against an Anderlecht team who prodded and probed to no avail throughout. Aleksei Ionov opened the scoring on 12 minutes and Aleksandr Bukharov doubled the deficit in the 65th. Kanu and Szabolcs Huszti exchanged late goals but the outcome was scarcely in doubt.

The composure of Danny in a floating role for Zenit typified the difference between the two sides, and it was he who unlocked Anderlecht's defence for the opener, Ionov providing a cool finish to complement the playmaker's slick through ball.

Danny again started the move which ended in Konstantin Zyryanov striking a post from close range on 26 minutes, but it was Alessandro Rosina who was the architect just after the half-hour when Ionov was denied by Silvio Proto.

The visitors lacked a similar spark and only forced Vyacheslav Malafeev on to the frozen turf through luck more than design, Jan Polák's scuffed shot requiring the Zenit goalkeeper's intervention on 32 minutes. It was a familiar figure who provided the artistry to put Zenit two up, Danny's dinked pass allowing Bukharov the time to control and pick his spot.

Beaten twice beyond his control, Proto promptly kept his side in the game with two fine saves in less than a minute, the first denying substitute Maksim Kanunnikov from barely a metre and the second ensuring Rosina's delicate chip struck the bar.

Kanu's late header gave the visitors the briefest hope but Huszti soon saw to that, scrambling in only 60 seconds later to ensure a repeat of the scoreline when these sides met on Matchday 1.

Last updated: 03/12/10 0.05CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

anderlecht

Anderlecht

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK) (C)
1
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK) (C)
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
2
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
7
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card75
8
PolákJan Polák
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
Goal65
Substitution65
10
KanuKanu
Goal87
10
DannyDanny
13
LegearJonathan Legear
Substitution46
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Yellow Card35
14
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution77
17
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution73
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
Substitution68
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
19
KljestanSacha Kljestan
Yellow Card74
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
Yellow Card50
Substitution80
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
Goal12
30
GilletGuillaume Gillet

Substitutes

30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
28
CordierMichaël Cordier (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
9
SuárezMatías Suárez
Substitution46
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
16
KouyatéCheikhou Kouyaté
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
21
De SutterTom De Sutter
Substitution77
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Substitution80
26
BernárdezVíctor Bernárdez
23
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
Substitution73
Goal88
32
DiandyCristophe Diandy
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution65
39
BadibangaZiguy Badibanga
Substitution68

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Ariël Jacobs (BEL)

Referee

Marcin Borski (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)

Fourth official

Daniel Stefanski (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Marcin Szulc (POL), Dawid Piasecki (POL)

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