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Perfect Zenit pile on the misery for AEK

Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 22.50CET
AEK Athens FC 0-3 FC Zenit St Petersburg
Needing a point to progress, AEK missed out on the last 32 after being soundly beaten by a Zenit side that ended Group G with a 100% record.
by Graham Wood
from OACA Spiros Louis Stadium

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Match statistics

AEKZenit

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners12
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 22.50CET

Perfect Zenit pile on the misery for AEK

AEK Athens FC 0-3 FC Zenit St Petersburg
Needing a point to progress, AEK missed out on the last 32 after being soundly beaten by a Zenit side that ended Group G with a 100% record.

AEK Athens FC exited the UEFA Europa League after slipping to a 3-0 home defeat against Group G winners FC Zenit St Petersburg.

Needing only a draw to progress, AEK's night started to unravel when Ismael Blanco missed a penalty just moments before Aleksandr Bukharov opened the scoring. Italian midfielder Alessandro Rosina doubled Zenit's advantage with a superb 67th-minute lob and Igor Denisov sealed the win late on. RSC Anderlecht's victory against HNK Hajduk Split means it is they who finish as section runners-up courtesy of a superior head-to-head record against AEK.

Zenit, without Danny and Aleksandr Kerzhakov, looked out of sorts early on so it was little surprise when veteran AEK striker Nikos Liberopoulos registered the first shot on target with a long-range drive. Indeed, the hosts should have forged ahead five minutes before the break when Aleksandar Luković felled Nacho Scocco inside the penalty area. Blanco, though, fired over.

Three minutes later it went from bad to worse when Zenit opened the scoring with their first clear-cut chance. Bukharov raced on to Roman Shirokov's pass and beat AEK keeper Sebastián Saja via a deflection off defender Kostas Manolas.

Blanco almost made amends for his earlier miss on the hour, but his glancing header was saved by Vyacheslav Malafeev. Though substitute Nathan Burns shot over as the hosts pressed for an equaliser, Rosina ended any hope of a comeback when he made it 2-0 with a sumptuous chip after cutting in from the right.

Zenit made extra certain that their 100% group stage record finished intact when Denisov added a third with a sweet, left-footed finish to a neat passing move.

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Lineups

aek

AEK

zenit

Zenit

23
SajaSebastián Saja (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK) (C)
1
KafesPantelis Kafes (C)
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
4
ManolasKostas Manolas
Yellow Card37
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
8
JahićSanel Jahić
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution74
14
MakosGrigoris Makos
Yellow Card72
Substitution80
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
Goal43
Substitution83
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
18
BlancoIsmael Blanco
Penalty40
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
32
ScoccoNacho Scocco
17
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Goal67
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution78
55
DellasTraianos Dellas
Substitution74
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
Yellow Card39
90
GentzoglouSavvas Gentzoglou
Substitution55
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Goal88

Substitutes

22
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
3
NasutiCristian Nasuti
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
9
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution80
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
17
ArgyriouAnestis Argyriou
23
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
Substitution74
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
25
SemakSergei Semak
21
DiopPapa Bouba Diop
Substitution74
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
Substitution78
24
BurnsNathan Burns
Substitution55
99
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution83

Coach

Manuel Jiménez (ESP) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Said Ennjimi (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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