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Resilient Twente hold off Zenit comeback

Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 21.01CET
FC Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 FC Twente (agg: 2-3)
First-half goals from Roman Shirokov and Aleksandr Kerzhakov were not enough to salvage a quarter-final place for the Russian champions.

Match statistics

ZenitTwente

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 March 2011, 21.01CET

Resilient Twente hold off Zenit comeback

FC Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 FC Twente (agg: 2-3)
First-half goals from Roman Shirokov and Aleksandr Kerzhakov were not enough to salvage a quarter-final place for the Russian champions.

FC Zenit St Petersburg came up just short against FC Twente, with goals from Roman Shirokov and Aleksandr Kerzhakov not enough to rescue a UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie overshadowed by tragedy.

Zenit were rocked in the run-up to kick-off by the news that goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev's wife Marina had been killed in a car crash. They could have been forgiven for being distracted as they looked to chalk off a 3-0 deficit from the first leg but efforts from Shirokov and Kerzhakov before half-time brought them right back into it. A third proved elusive, however.

The home side were ahead on 16 minutes, Shirokov skipping onto Danny's deft pass and scoring at the second attempt after an initial shot rebounded off the post. Nikolay Mihaylov in the Twente goal then made a splendid diving save to deny Aleksandr Anyukov, and had just got a fingertip to a Kerzhakov shot when his side went 2-0 down.

Danko Lazović battled into the box, getting a shot on target despite the attentions of the retreating Twente defence. Mihaylov's block took the sting out of that effort, though his intervention left a loose ball for Kerzhakov to smash into the net. At that stage it looked like a matter of when, rather than whether, they would score a third.

The second half bore little resemblance to the first. Suddenly in a situation where they had something to lose, Zenit lacked sparkle, with Twente showing more aggression. Space began to open up for the Dutch champions; Luuk de Jong scooped one effort over and Nacer Chadli had a point-blank header palmed over by Yuri Zhevnov.

Luciano Spalletti's men risked more as the final whistle drew closer, but Twente's nerve held, Mihaylov notably racing off his line to claim one searching ball into his box.

Last updated: 26/09/14 6.31CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

twente

Twente

30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov (C)
Yellow Card58
2
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Yellow Card46
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
Substitution46
6
BramaWout Brama
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution64
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
10
DannyDanny
Yellow Card32
8
JanssenTheo Janssen
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Goal38
Substitution70
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Goal16
11
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution72
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
23
BuysseBart Buysse

Substitutes

91
ZaytsevAndrei Zaytsev (GK)
1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
Substitution64
5
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution70
17
BrugginkArnold Bruggink
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
21
JankoMarc Janko
23
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
Substitution46
25
BanninkAlexander Bannink
50
CheminavaIgor Cheminava
33
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
98
PetrovSergei Petrov
44
JohnOla John
Substitution72

Coach

Luciano Spalletti (ITA) Michel Preud'homme (BEL)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Tobias Mattsson (SWE)

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