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Zenit overturn three-goal deficit in Israel

Published: Thursday 15 September 2016, 21.06CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3-4 Zenit
Substitute Luka Djordjević's diving header completes unthinkable comeback, Russian side going from 3-0 down to 4-3 up in final 14 minutes.
Zenit overturn three-goal deficit in Israel
Zenit celebrate Luka Djordjević's late winner against Maccabi Tel-Aviv ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

M. Tel-AvivZenit

Goals scored3
 
4
Possession (%)42
 
58
Total attempts8
 
16
on target3
 
9
off target4
 
6
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners3
 
6
Offsides0
4
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
15

Standings

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 16/11/2017 17:56 CET
Published: Thursday 15 September 2016, 21.06CET

Zenit overturn three-goal deficit in Israel

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3-4 Zenit
Substitute Luka Djordjević's diving header completes unthinkable comeback, Russian side going from 3-0 down to 4-3 up in final 14 minutes.

Zenit produced one of the most extraordinary comebacks in the history of European club football to turn a 3-0 UEFA Europa League Group D deficit at Maccabi Tel-Aviv into a 4-3 win.

In Mircea Lucescu's first continental game in charge of the Russian side, Zenit went behind when Haris Medunjanin's cross deceived goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin in the first half, and following Vidar Orn Kjartansson's headed second, the Bosnian made it 3-0 from a direct free-kick on 70 minutes.

Aleksandr Kokorin's scrambled finish on 77 minutes gave Zenit some hope, before the 81st-minute dismissal of Eli Dasa presented Zenit with an indirect free-kick inside the Maccabi box as well as a man advantage. Giuliano flipped the ball up for substitute Maurício to smash into the net and he was then the beneficiary of a Róbert Mak ball to equalise at 3-3 on 86 minutes.

The best was saved for last, however. When Giuliano swung a delivery into the area two minutes into added time, replacement Luka Djordjević met it with a diving header to beat home goalkeeper Predrag Rajković for a fourth time.

"I've never been involved in such a game in my career and my career is very long!" said Zenit coach Mircea Lucescu.

©AFP/Getty Images

Last updated: 16/09/16 0.03CET

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Lineups

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

zenit

Zenit

95
RajkovićPredrag Rajković (GK)
Yellow Card77
1
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
2
DasaEli Dasa
Yellow Card79
Red Card81
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
4
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
Goal26
Goal70
Yellow Card86
7
GiulianoGiuliano
Goal86
6
AlbermanGal Alberman (C)
9
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
Yellow Card19
Goal77
11
Ben ChaimTal Ben Chaim
Substitution85
11
A. KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution61
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
21
FilipenkoYegor Filipenko
19
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
24
KjartanssonVidar Orn Kjartansson
Goal50
Substitution74
21
Javi GarcíaJavi García (C)
Yellow Card57
Substitution71
26
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Yellow Card60
40
IgieborNosa Igiebor
29
MakRóbert Mak
51
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution79
81
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution90+4

Substitutes

1
LifshitzDaniel Lifshitz (GK)
41
M. KerzhakovMikhail Kerzhakov (GK)
5
ScarioneEzequiel Scarione
3
NovoseltsevIvan Novoseltsev
Substitution90+4
9
Ben BasatEden Ben Basat
Substitution74
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
10
ItzhakiBarak Itzhaki
8
MaurícioMaurício
Substitution71
Goal84
15
MihaDor Miha
Substitution79
Yellow Card83
14
YusupovArtur Yusupov
23
GolasaEyal Golasa
48
GasilinAleksei Gasilin
42
D. PeretzDor Peretz
Substitution85
77
DjordjevićLuka Djordjević
Substitution61
Goal90+2

Coach

Shota Arveladze (GEO) Mircea Lucescu (ROU)

Referee

Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Balko (SVK)

Fourth official

Tomaš Somolani (SVK)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Kralović (SVK), Mário Vlk (SVK)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution