Group stage (Group G) - 16/12/2010 - 21:05CET (22:05 local time) - OAKA Spiros Louis - Athens
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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

Match statistics

AEKZenit

Goals scored0
3
Total attempts7
 
10
on target4
 
6
off target3
 
4
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
13

Standings

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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.

Last updated: 26/09/14 6.44CET

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