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UEFA Champions League: Malmö FF - FC Zenit Match press kits

UEFA Champions League - 2021/22 SeasonMatch press kits

Malmö FFMalmö FFMalmö New Stadium - MalmoTuesday 23 November 2021
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Group H - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Champions League
29/09/2021GSFC Zenit - Malmö FF4-0
St PetersburgClaudinho 9, Kuzyaev 49, Sutormin 80, Wendel 90+4
Malmö FF000010010000100104
FC Zenit110000000000110040

Malmö FF - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

05/10/1988R1FC Torpedo Moskva - Malmö FF2-1
agg 2-3 (aet)
MoscowGrechnev 18, Shirinbekov 65; Ljung 103 ET (P)
07/09/1988R1Malmö FF - FC Torpedo Moskva2-0
MalmoDahlin 27, Kovach 84 (og)

FC Zenit - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

FC Zenit have not played against a club from their opponents' country

Malmö FF110020020000310236
FC Zenit110000000000110040

Last updated 05/11/2021 15:19CET

Match background Only this chapter

Malmö and Zenit both face a must-win fixture in Sweden, with the home side looking to finish third and the visitors seeking to keep alive their faint hopes of a top-two finish in Group H.

• Matchday 2 was the first meeting between the sides, and Zenit's first match against a Swedish club, and it proved an auspicious occasion as they recorded their biggest UEFA Champions League victory with a 4-0 success as a result of goals from Claudinho (9), Daler Kuzyaev (49), Aleksei Sutormin (80) and Wendel (90+4).

• Those are Zenit's only points in the section, however, as a result of defeats at Chelsea (0-1) and home (0-1) and away (2-4) against Juventus, leaving them six points behind the second-placed English side. Malmö are still seeking their first goals and points, having lost at home to Juve (0-3) and Chelsea (0-1) and 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

• Zenit will remain in contention to reach the round of 16 only if they beat Malmö and Chelsea lose at home to Juventus. Zenit will be confirmed in third place and reach the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-offs if they draw, or if they win and Chelsea do not lose.

• Malmö are unable to finish in the top two. They must beat Zenit to stay in contention for third place and a spot in the UEFA Europa League.

Form guide

• Malmö secured their 21st Swedish title in 2020, their fifth triumph in the last eight Allsvenskan campaigns. They were beaten 2-1 by IFK Göteborg in the Swedish Cup final on 30 July 2020, denying them a first domestic double – and first cup win – since 1989.

• Jon Dahl Tomasson's side booked the club's third appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage by edging through against Riga (1-0 h, 1-1 a) and HJK Helsinki (2-1 h, 2-2 a) in this season's first and second qualifying rounds respectively before winning 2-1 home and away against Scottish champions Rangers in the third qualifying round. They then saw off Bulgaria's Ludogorets in the play-offs (2-0 h, 1-2 a).

• Malmö's two previous UEFA Champions League group stage campaigns came in 2014/15 and 2015/16 – the latter the last time a Swedish club appeared at this stage.

• Malmö finished fourth in their section on both previous group appearances, winning one game and losing the other five in each instance. Both victories came at home, against Olympiacos in 2014 (2-0) and Shakhtar Donetsk 12 months later (1-0). Those are two of only three group games out of 16 played in which the Swedish side have scored.

• Malmö's 2020/21 European campaign lasted four matches. They eased through the first three UEFA Europa League qualifying games without conceding a goal, beating Cracovia (2-0) and Lokomotiva Zagreb (5-0) at home in the first and third qualifying rounds respectively either side of a 2-0 win at Honvéd in the second qualifying round, but then went down 3-1 at home to Granada in the play-offs.

• Defeat by Juve on Matchday 1 ended Malmö's run of four successive home European victories; they have lost just four of their last 17 continental games in their own stadium (W12 D1).

• The Swedish champions are one of only two sides still seeking their first point in the group stage, along with Turkish title holders Beşiktaş in Group C.

• Malmö are also one of two sides still to score in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, the other Dynamo Kyiv in Group E.

• Malmö came out on top in their only tie against Russian opposition before this season, beating Torpedo Moskva in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup first round. A 2-0 first-leg win in Sweden proved crucial before a 2-1 extra-time loss in Moscow, Malmö's Roger Ljung getting the decisive goal in the 103rd minute from the penalty spot. 

• This is the St Petersburg outfit's ninth UEFA Champions League group campaign and a third in succession; they reached the round of 16 in 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2015/16 but have never progressed further.

• Zenit have finished fourth in their section in each of the last two seasons; 2019/20 was their earliest European exit since 2009/10, when they were eliminated in the UEFA Europa League play-offs.

• In 2020/21, Zenit picked up only one point from their six games, losing twice against both Club Brugge (1-2 h, 0-3 a) and Borussia Dortmund (0-2 a, 1-2 h) and once against Lazio in Rome (1-3); their sole point came from a 1-1 home draw against the Italian club on Matchday 3.

• That was therefore the second season in a row that Zenit did not play European football during the spring, having done so in each of the previous nine.

• The St Petersburg team have won only four of their last 21 European matches (D2 L15).

• Zenit have also recorded only three victories in their last 19 UEFA Champions League games (D2 L14) although Matchday 2 did bring their biggest win in the competition; they had never previously prevailed by more than a two-goal margin.

• Zenit claimed their eighth USSR/Russian league title in 2020/21, and their third in a row; their last seven triumphs have all come from 2007 onwards.

Links and trivia
• Malmö coach Tomasson scored a late winner for Villarreal against Zenit in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32 second leg, but the Russian side progressed on away goals (1-0 h, 1-2 a) and went on to lift the trophy.

• Tomasson also scored in both games for Feyenoord against Spartak Moskva in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League first group stage (2-2 a, 2-1 h).

• Zenit coach Sergei Semak and Malmö's Niklas Moisander were both substitutes as Russia won 3-0 in Finland in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 10 June 2009.

• International team-mates:
Antonio Čolak & Dejan Lovren (Croatia)

• Yaroslav Rakits'kyy played 90 minutes in each game as Shakhtar Donetsk lost 1-0 away and won 4-0 at home against Malmö in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Artem Dzyuba scored the only goal as Russia defeated Martin Olsson's Sweden 1-0 in Moscow in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying on 5 September 2015.

Latest news

• Anders Christiansen has played 49 matches in UEFA club competition.

• The Swedish champions had their three-game winning league run ended by a 2-2 draw at home to Häcken on Saturday, only an 84th-minute goal from substitute Malik Abubakari saving Malmö from defeat.

• Malmö have collected 55 points after 28 Allsvenskan games, two points less than at the same stage of last season.

• The Swedish champions have won six of their last nine league games (D2 L1) having managed one victory in the previous six (D3 L2).

• Sergio Peña scored in Peru's 3-0 home win against Bolivia in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on 11 November.

• Erdal Rakip missed North Macedonia's recent World Cup qualifiers due to a knee injury that also meant he missed Malmö's weekend draw.

• Christiansen was substituted in Malmö's 2-0 win at IFK Göteborg on 7 November with a hamstring strain and has not played since.

• On 15 November Malmö announced that honorary club president Bengt Madsen, who was president between 1999 and 2010, had passed away aged 79.

• On Friday Zenit were 5-1 winners at home to Nizhny Novgorod, making it 16 goals scored in their last four league games and only three conceded. Malcom opened the scoring with his third Russian Premier League goal of the season, equalling his total for the whole of 2020/21, while Dmitri Chistyakov struck the fifth, his first goal for Zenit.

• Zenit were held 0-0 at Ural on 7 November, losing Claudinho to a red card early in the second half. The match was Sardar Azmoun's 100th Zenit appearance and Andrei Mostovoi's 50th.

• Artem Dzyuba, who scored a hat-trick on Friday, had scored in six successive league matches before drawing a blank at Ural. The striker, who scored 20 goals in 27 league games in 2020/21, failed to find the net in Zenit's first seven league games this season before that six-match run.

• Dzyuba is now Zenit's top scorer in the league this season on ten goals, three more than Azmoun with Aleksandr Erokhin on six.

• Dzyuba's goal in a 4-1 home win against Dinamo Moskva on 29 October was his 144th in the Russian Premier League, making him the competition's all-time top scorer outright; he had been level with former Rotor Volgograd midfielder Oleg Veretennikov on 143 goals.

• Zenit were 7-1 winners at home to Spartak Moskva on 24 October, their biggest ever win against the Moscow side and Spartak's heaviest league defeat.

• Zenit's unbeaten start to the Russian Premier League season (W7 D2) ended on 3 October when they went down 2-1 at home against Sochi. The St Petersburg team were also beaten 2-1 on 16 October, going down at Arsenal Tula; it was the first time Zenit had lost consecutive league games since December 2018.

• Zenit claimed the Russian Super Cup on 17 July, beating Lokomotiv Moskva 3-0 thanks to goals from Daler Kuzyaev, Azmoun and Erokhin. It was the sixth time they had won the trophy – one short of CSKA Moskva's record – and a second in succession.

• Erokhin scored the first and last goals in Russia's 6-0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Cyprus on 11 November. Mostovoi and Aleksei Sutormin scored their first senior international goals in the same game.

• Danil Krugovoi was called up to the senior Russia squad for the first time for that game and the subsequent 1-0 defeat in Croatia, although he is still awaiting his first cap.

• Azmoun scored in both Iran's World Cup qualifying wins against Lebanon (2-1) and Syria (3-0).

• Kuzyaev missed both Russia's recent internationals with a muscle injury and also sat out Zenit's win on Friday.

• Douglas Santos played 59 minutes against Nizhny Novgorod, his first appearance since being replaced early on against Spartak with a muscle strain.

• Goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk has been sidelined since Matchday 4.

• Magomed Ozdoev came on in the second half on Friday, his first game since he damaged knee ligaments eight minutes into Zenit's opening league fixture, a 3-1 win at Khimki on 24 July.

• Matchday 4 was Sergei Semak's 146th match as Zenit head coach. He is now fifth on the club list on 148, behind Yuri Morozov (323), Pavel Sadyrin (262), Luciano Spalletti (184) and German Zonin (162).


Squad list Only this chapter

Malmö FF - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Melker EllborgSWE22/05/200318 - ----------
27Johan DahlinSWE08/09/198635 - 8-3-17-3-67-
30Ismael DiawaraSWE11/11/199427 - 1-2-2-2-3-
2Eric LarssonSWE15/07/199130 - 5-3-21-3-362
4Niklas MoisanderFIN29/09/198536 - 5-1-7-212513
13Martin OlssonSWE17/05/198833 - --4-12-4-61
14Felix BeijmoSWE31/01/199823 - 6---14---10-
15Anel AhmedhodžićBIH26/03/199922 - 7-3-2313-16-
24Lasse NielsenDEN08/01/198833*7-4-18114-71-
29Noah EileSWE19/07/200219 - --1-3-1-1-
31Franz BrorssonSWE30/01/199625*5-4-24-5-312
43Emil LindmanSWE18/02/200318 - ----------
5Søren RieksDEN07/04/198734 - 812-1662-565
6Oscar LewickiSWE14/07/199229 - 8-1-9-7-593
7Erdal RakipMKD13/02/199625 - 8-4-23212-374
8Sergio PeñaPER28/09/199526 - --3-7-3-3-
10Anders ChristiansenDEN08/06/199031 - 723-2168-495
18Romain GallUSA31/01/199526 - --------111
19Veljko BirmančevićSRB05/03/199823 - 744-2694-145
20Bonke InnocentNGA20/01/199625 - 7-4-17-4-25-
21Peter GwargisSWE04/09/200021 - ----5-----
22Adi NalicBIH01/12/199723 - 5-4-2764-141
34Markus BjörkqvistSWE04/09/200318 - ----4-----
37Sebastian NanasiSWE16/05/200219 - 2-2-1312-4-
9Antonio ČolakCRO17/09/199328 - 854-24144-247
17Malik AbubakariGHA10/05/200021 - 4-3-1333-7-
32Jo Inge BergetNOR11/09/199031 - 714-25410-619
-Jon Dahl TomassonDEN29/08/197645 - 8-4---4-18-
FC Zenit - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Stanislav KritsyukRUS01/12/199030 - --4-7-4-22-
41Mikhail KerzhakovRUS28/01/198734 - ----8-12-22-
71Daniil OdoevskiRUS22/01/200318 - ----------
91David ByazrovRUS12/02/200318 - ----------
2Dmitri ChistyakovRUS13/01/199427 - --4-1414-4-
3Douglas SantosBRA22/03/199427 - --3-13-14-14-
4Danil KrugovoiRUS28/05/199823 - --4-12-8-8-
6Dejan LovrenCRO05/07/198932 - --2-11-412815
15Vyacheslav KaravaevRUS20/05/199526 - --2-11-13-321
44Yaroslav Rakits'kyyUKR03/08/198932 - --4-1316821014
94Danila KhotulevRUS01/10/200219 - ----1-----
5Wílmar BarriosCOL16/10/199328 - --4-12-16-20-
8WendelBRA28/08/199724 - --4115381191
11ClaudinhoBRA28/01/199724 - --41934141
14Daler KuzyaevRUS15/01/199328 - --3110-131334
17Andrei MostovoyRUS05/11/199724 - --3-1428-8-
19Aleksei SutorminRUS10/01/199427 - --41143111111
21Aleksandr ErokhinRUS13/10/198932 - --4-156191707
27Magomed OzdoevRUS05/11/199229 - ----2-111352
64Kirill KravtsovRUS14/06/200219 - --2-9-2-2-
7Sardar AzmounIRN01/01/199526 - --411372053412
10MalcomBRA26/02/199724 - --4-103101121
22Artem DzyubaRUS22/08/198833 - --4-15102897223
83Akim BelokhonovRUS21/01/200417 - ----------
85Daniil KuznetsovRUS23/04/200318 - --1-3-1-1-
-Sergei SemakRUS27/02/197645 - --4---17-31-

Last updated 22/11/2021 15:05CET

Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAndris Treimanis (LVA)
  • Assistant refereesHaralds Gudermanis (LVA) , Aleksejs Spasjoņņikovs (LVA)
  • Video Assistant RefereeJoão Pinheiro (POR)
  • Fourth officialAleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
  • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeDelajod Willy (FRA)
  • UEFA DelegatePatrik Filipek (CZE)
  • UEFA Referee observerWilliam Young (SCO)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Andris Treimanis16/03/19851283

UEFA Champions League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
30/09/2015UYLR1IF ElfsborgStjarnan2-0Boras
13/12/2018UELGSVillarreal CFFC Spartak Moskva2-0Villarreal

Last updated 21/11/2021 12:19CET

Fixtures and results Only this chapter

Malmö FFFixtures and results
10/04/2021LeagueHammarby Fotboll (H)W 3-2Christiansen 36 (P), Rieks 40, Knudsen 90
18/04/2021LeagueBK Häcken (A)W 2-1Ahmedhodžić 9, Rieks 20
25/04/2021LeagueÖstersunds FK (H)D 1-1Čolak 52
03/05/2021LeagueDjurgårdens IF (A)L 1-3Nalic 77
09/05/2021LeagueVarbergs Bois (H)W 3-2Birmancevic 12, L. Nielsen 61, Rieks 79
13/05/2021LeagueAIK (A)D 1-1Berget 24
17/05/2021LeagueKalmar FF (H)W 3-1Rakip 9, Čolak 32, 57
20/05/2021LeagueIF Elfsborg (H)W 2-1Berget 27, Birmancevic 64
24/05/2021LeagueÖrebro SK (A)W 2-1Nalic 3, Rakip 76
03/07/2021LeagueIFK Norrköping FK (A)L 2-3Čolak 13, 43
07/07/2021UCLRiga FC (H)W 1-0Čolak 50
10/07/2021LeagueIK Sirius (H)W 4-0Čolak 1, Rieks 22, Birmancevic 88, Christiansen 90+3
13/07/2021UCLRiga FC (A)D 1-1Čolak 33
17/07/2021LeagueDegerfors IF (A)W 5-0Čolak 17, Nalic 45, Christiansen 51, Birmancevic 53, 55
21/07/2021UCLHJK Helsinki (H)W 2-1Čolak 45+1, Christiansen 74
24/07/2021LeagueMjällby AIF (A)W 2-0Bergstrom 58 (og), Birmancevic 61
27/07/2021UCLHJK Helsinki (A)D 2-2Christiansen 10, Birmančević 76
03/08/2021UCLRangers FC (H)W 2-1Rieks 47, Birmančević 49
07/08/2021LeagueHalmstads BK (A)D 0-0
10/08/2021UCLRangers FC (A)W 2-1Čolak 53, 58
14/08/2021LeagueIFK Göteborg (H)L 2-3Čolak 7, Abubakari 86
18/08/2021UCLPFC Ludogorets 1945 (H)W 2-0Birmančević 26, Berget 61
21/08/2021LeagueDegerfors IF (H)W 3-0Birmancevic 43, Abubakari 69, Christiansen 88
24/08/2021UCLPFC Ludogorets 1945 (A)L 1-2Birmančević 42
29/08/2021LeagueHammarby Fotboll (A)L 1-2Paulsen 6 (og)
11/09/2021LeagueIFK Norrköping FK (H)D 1-1Nalic 59
14/09/2021UCLJuventus (H)L 0-3
18/09/2021LeagueDjurgårdens IF (H)D 1-1Čolak 16 (P)
22/09/2021LeagueIF Elfsborg (A)W 1-0Larsson 76 (og)
25/09/2021LeagueÖrebro SK (H)W 5-1Nanasi 13, Čolak 45, Christiansen 59 (P), Nalic 68, Berget 75
29/09/2021UCLFC Zenit (A)L 0-4
03/10/2021LeagueMjällby AIF (H)L 0-1
13/10/2021CupOnsala BK (H)W 5-1Čolak 9, 19, 67, Birmancevic 48, Abubakari 53
16/10/2021LeagueÖstersunds FK (A)W 3-0Čolak 42 (P), Nalic 53, Christiansen 56
20/10/2021UCLChelsea FC (A)L 0-4
24/10/2021LeagueVarbergs Bois (A)D 1-1Birmancevic 43
27/10/2021LeagueAIK (H)W 1-0Birmancevic 25
30/10/2021LeagueIK Sirius (A)W 3-2Berget 49 (P), Čolak 76, 90+2
02/11/2021UCLChelsea FC (H)L 0-1
07/11/2021LeagueIFK Göteborg (A)W 2-0Rieks 27, 70
20/11/2021LeagueBK Häcken (H)D 2-2Čolak 5, Abubakari 84
23/11/2021UCLFC Zenit (H)
28/11/2021LeagueKalmar FF (A)
04/12/2021LeagueHalmstads BK (H)
08/12/2021UCLJuventus (A)
1Malmö FF281675573055
2Djurgårdens IF281666432754
4IF Elfsborg281648462952
5Hammarby Fotboll281477493849
6Kalmar FF281387383347
7IFK Norrköping FK2813510433544
8BK Häcken289910464236
9IFK Göteborg289811363835
10Mjällby AIF2881010312734
11Varbergs Bois 2881010323334
12IK Sirius289712344934
13Halmstads BK2861210212630
14Degerfors IF288416295028
15Örebro SK284519215517
16Östersunds FK283520245414
FC ZenitFixtures and results
24/07/2021LeagueFC Khimki (A)W 3-1Azmoun 33, Erokhin 72, Sutormin 76 (P)
01/08/2021LeagueFC Rostov (A)W 4-2Erokhin 29, 90+5, Azmoun 35 (P), Wendel 75
07/08/2021LeagueFC Krasnodar (H)W 3-2Azmoun 9, 35, Erokhin 44
15/08/2021LeagueFC Lokomotiv Moskva (A)D 1-1Sutormin 85 (P)
21/08/2021LeagueFC Ufa (A)D 1-1Malcom 10
26/08/2021LeaguePFC CSKA Moskva (H)W 1-0Azmoun 82
11/09/2021LeagueFC Akhmat Grozny (H)W 3-1Wendel 9, Erokhin 33, Malcom 83
14/09/2021UCLChelsea FC (A)L 0-1
20/09/2021LeagueFC Rubin (A)W 3-1Dzyuba 24, 43, Claudinho 29
25/09/2021LeaguePFC Krylya Sovetov Samara (H)W 2-1Dzyuba 35, Sutormin 79 (P)
29/09/2021UCLMalmö FF (H)W 4-0Claudinho 9, Kuzyaev 49, Sutormin 80, Wendel 90+4
03/10/2021LeaguePFC Sochi (H)L 1-2Dzyuba 45
16/10/2021LeagueFC Arsenal Tula (A)L 1-2Dzyuba 88
20/10/2021UCLJuventus (H)L 0-1
24/10/2021LeagueFC Spartak Moskva (H)W 7-1Azmoun 20, 36, Claudinho 28, Mostovoy 45, 56, Dzyuba 80 (P), Erokhin 88
29/10/2021LeagueFC Dynamo Moscow (H)W 4-1Claudinho 8, Wendel 66, Dzyuba 69, Rakits'kyy 85
02/11/2021UCLJuventus (A)L 2-4Bonucci 26 (og), Azmoun 90+2
07/11/2021LeagueFC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast (A)D 0-0
19/11/2021LeagueFC Nizhny Novgorod (H)W 5-1Malcom 23, Dzyuba 34, 45+1, 59, Chistyakov 87
23/11/2021UCLMalmö FF (A)
28/11/2021LeaguePFC CSKA Moskva (A)
03/12/2021LeagueFC Rostov (H)
08/12/2021UCLChelsea FC (H)
12/12/2021LeagueFC Dynamo Moscow (A)
25/02/2022LeagueFC Rubin (H)
01/03/2022CupKamaz (H)
04/03/2022LeagueFC Ufa (H)
11/03/2022LeaguePFC Krylya Sovetov Samara (A)
18/03/2022LeagueFC Arsenal Tula (H)
01/04/2022LeaguePFC Sochi (A)
08/04/2022LeagueFC Akhmat Grozny (A)
15/04/2022LeagueFC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast (H)
22/04/2022LeagueFC Krasnodar (A)
29/04/2022LeagueFC Lokomotiv Moskva (H)
06/05/2022LeagueFC Khimki (H)
13/05/2022LeagueFC Spartak Moskva (A)
21/05/2022LeagueFC Nizhny Novgorod (A)
1FC Zenit151032391733
2FC Dynamo Moscow15924271729
3PFC Sochi15906251827
4FC Lokomotiv Moskva15672211525
5FC Krasnodar15735241424
6PFC CSKA Moskva15735181424
7PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara15726201723
8FC Rubin15645202022
9FC Akhmat Grozny15708172121
10FC Spartak Moskva15546172119
11FC Rostov15456272717
12FC Ufa15366162115
13FC Nizhny Novgorod15429162914
14FC Arsenal Tula15348163113
15FC Khimki15276112213
16FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast1526761612

Last updated 22/11/2021 22:32CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Malmö FF

  • UEFA Champions League - First qualifying round
    Malmö FF 1-0 Riga FC
    1-0 Čolak 50
    Dahlin, Larsson, Knudsen, Rieks (46 Birmančević), Lewicki (73 Innocent), Rakip, Čolak, Ahmedhodžić, L. Nielsen, Berget (73 Sarr), Nanasi (67 Nalic)
  • (13/07/2021)
    Riga FC 1-1 Malmö FF (agg: 1-2)
    0-1 Čolak 33, 1-1 Paurević 57
    Dahlin, Larsson, Knudsen, Rieks (59 Innocent), Lewicki, Rakip (59 Nanasi), Čolak, Christiansen (83 Brorsson), Beijmo, Ahmedhodžić, L. Nielsen
  • Second qualifying round
    Malmö FF 2-1 HJK Helsinki
    1-0 Čolak 45+1, 1-1 Ro. Riski 68, 2-1 Christiansen 74
    Dahlin, Larsson (77 Moisander), Rieks (69 Birmančević), Lewicki (76 Rakip), Čolak, Christiansen, Beijmo (95 Brorsson), Ahmedhodžić, Innocent, Nalic (69 Berget), L. Nielsen
  • (27/07/2021)
    HJK Helsinki 2-2 Malmö FF (agg: 3-4)
    1-0 Tenho 1, 1-1 Christiansen 10, 1-2 Birmančević 76, 2-2 Ri. Riski 78
    Dahlin, Moisander, Rieks (72 Birmančević), Lewicki, Rakip (60 Larsson), Čolak, Christiansen, Ahmedhodžić, Innocent (60 Beijmo), Brorsson, Berget (72 Nalic)
  • Third qualifying round
    Malmö FF 2-1 Rangers FC
    1-0 Rieks 47, 2-0 Birmančević 49, 2-1 S. Davis 90+5
    Dahlin, Moisander, Rieks (88 Beijmo), Lewicki, Čolak (88 Abubakari), Christiansen (88 Rakip), Ahmedhodžić, Birmančević (74 Nalic), Innocent, L. Nielsen, Berget
  • (10/08/2021)
    Rangers FC 1-2 Malmö FF (agg: 2-4)
    1-0 Morelos 18, 1-1 Čolak 53, 1-2 Čolak 58
    Dahlin, Moisander, Rieks, Lewicki, Čolak (91 Abubakari), Christiansen, Ahmedhodžić, Birmančević (74 Rakip), Innocent, L. Nielsen, Berget (83 Beijmo)
  • Play-off
    Malmö FF 2-0 PFC Ludogorets 1945
    1-0 Birmančević 26, 2-0 Berget 61
    Dahlin, Moisander (34 Larsson), Rieks, Lewicki, Rakip (81 Abubakari), Čolak, Christiansen, Birmančević (88 Nalic), L. Nielsen, Brorsson, Berget (81 Beijmo)
  • (24/08/2021)
    PFC Ludogorets 1945 2-1 Malmö FF (agg: 2-3)
    1-0 Nedyalkov 10, 1-1 Birmančević 42, 2-1 Sotiriou 60 (P)
    Dahlin (40 Diawara), Rieks, Lewicki (92 Rakip), Čolak (92 Abubakari), Christiansen, Ahmedhodžić, Birmančević, Innocent, L. Nielsen, Brorsson, Berget
  • Group stage
    Group H - Group Standings
    Chelsea FC4301619
    FC Zenit4103663
    Malmö FF40040120
    Matchday 1 (14/09/2021)
    Malmö FF 0-3 Juventus
    0-1 Alex Sandro 23, 0-2 Dybala 45 (P) , 0-3 Morata 45+1
    Diawara, Rieks (75 M. Olsson), Rakip (59 Nalic), Čolak, Christiansen, Ahmedhodžić, Birmančević (59 Abubakari), Innocent (75 Nanasi), L. Nielsen, Brorsson, Berget
  • Matchday 2 (29/09/2021)
    FC Zenit 4-0 Malmö FF
    1-0 Claudinho 9, 2-0 Kuzyaev 49, 3-0 Sutormin 80, 4-0 Wendel 90+4
    Dahlin, Larsson, Rakip (55 M. Olsson), Čolak (62 Abubakari), Christiansen, Ahmedhodžić, Birmančević (87 Nalic), Innocent (62 Peña), L. Nielsen, Brorsson (87 Eile), Berget
  • Matchday 3 (20/10/2021)
    Chelsea FC 4-0 Malmö FF
    1-0 A. Christensen 9, 2-0 Jorginho 21 (P) , 3-0 Havertz 48, 4-0 Jorginho 57 (P)
    Dahlin (46 Diawara), Larsson, Peña (58 Rakip), Čolak, Christiansen (58 Nalic), M. Olsson, Birmančević (46 Abubakari), Innocent, L. Nielsen, Brorsson, Berget (83 Moisander)
  • Matchday 4 (02/11/2021)
    Malmö FF 0-1 Chelsea FC
    0-1 Ziyech 56
    Dahlin, Rieks (57 M. Olsson), Rakip (86 Birmančević), Peña (57 Lewicki), Čolak, Ahmedhodžić, Innocent, L. Nielsen, Brorsson, Berget (86 Larsson), Nanasi (74 Nalic)
  • Matchday 5 (23/11/2021)
    Malmö FF-FC Zenit
  • Matchday 6 (08/12/2021)
    Juventus-Malmö FF

FC Zenit

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Matchday 1 (14/09/2021)
    Chelsea FC 1-0 FC Zenit
    1-0 Lukaku 69
    Kritsyuk, Chistyakov, Douglas Santos, Barrios, Azmoun, Wendel (75 Erokhin), Malcom (75 Dzyuba), Claudinho (88 Mostovoy), Kuzyaev (82 Kravtsov), Sutormin, Rakits'kyy (88 Krugovoi)
  • Matchday 2 (29/09/2021)
    FC Zenit 4-0 Malmö FF
    1-0 Claudinho 9, 2-0 Kuzyaev 49, 3-0 Sutormin 80, 4-0 Wendel 90+4
    Kritsyuk, Chistyakov, Douglas Santos (84 Krugovoi), Barrios, Wendel, Malcom, Claudinho (75 Erokhin), Kuzyaev (75 Azmoun), Sutormin (84 Kravtsov), Dzyuba (84 Mostovoy), Rakits'kyy
  • Matchday 3 (20/10/2021)
    FC Zenit 0-1 Juventus
    0-1 Kulusevski 86
    Kritsyuk, Chistyakov (88 Krugovoi), Douglas Santos, Barrios, Lovren, Wendel, Malcom (69 Kuzyaev), Claudinho (88 Erokhin), Karavaev (61 Sutormin), Dzyuba (61 Azmoun), Rakits'kyy
  • Matchday 4 (02/11/2021)
    Juventus 4-2 FC Zenit
    1-0 Dybala 11, 1-1 Bonucci 26 (og) , 2-1 Dybala 58 (P) , 3-1 Chiesa 73, 4-1 Morata 82, 4-2 Azmoun 90+2
    Kritsyuk, Chistyakov, Barrios, Lovren, Azmoun, Wendel (88 Kuznetsov), Claudinho (74 Erokhin), Karavaev (58 Malcom), Mostovoy (58 Krugovoi), Sutormin, Rakits'kyy (74 Dzyuba)
  • Matchday 5 (23/11/2021)
    Malmö FF-FC Zenit
  • Matchday 6 (08/12/2021)
    FC Zenit-Chelsea FC

Last updated 05/11/2021 15:20CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

UEFA Champions League: Did you know?

Overall records
• Chelsea in 2012/13 are the only defending champions to fail to get through a group stage since the UEFA Champions League began. (This record, like the others, includes the seasons between 1999/2000 and 2002/03 that featured a second group stage). In 1992/93, Barcelona were the reigning European Champion Clubs' Cup holders and lost 4-3 on aggregate in the second round to CSKA Moskva.

• In 2016/17 Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defend the UEFA Champions League trophy, with AC Milan (1989, 1990) the previous club to win consecutive European Cups. Milan (1994, 1995), Ajax (1995, 1996), Juventus (1996, 1997) and Manchester United (2008, 2009) all returned to the UEFA Champions League final as holders only to lose.

• Real Madrid then made it three wins in a row in 2017/18, becoming the fourth club to win three or more successive titles in European Cup history, and the first to do it twice.

• Only two teams have ever won the UEFA Champions League on home soil: Borussia Dortmund (1997, final in Munich) and Juventus (1996, final in Rome), while Manchester United lost the 2011 final in London and 12 months later Bayern München were beaten in the showpiece in their own stadium, the Fußball Arena München.

• Bayern's victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2020 UEFA Champions League final was their 11th successive win in the competition (18 September 2019 to 23 August 2020), setting a new record that they extended to 15 before being held at Atlético de Madrid on Matchday 5 in 2020/21. Bayern themselves (2 April 2013 to 27 November 2013) and Real Madrid (23 April 2014 to 18 February 2015) jointly held the previous best with ten, one more than Barcelona's winning run between 18 September 2002 and 18 February 2003.

Group stage
• Barcelona have finished as group winners on 21 occasions, four more than Real Madrid and Bayern München and six more than Manchester United. Barça also hold the record for the most unbeaten group stage campaigns with 13, five more than Real Madrid.

• Seven teams have recorded six successive victories in a UEFA Champions League group stage: Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03, first group stage), Real Madrid (2011/12 and 2014/15) and Bayern (2019/20).

• Twenty-one teams have gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without picking up a single point, most recently AEK Athens in 2018/19.

• In 2017/18, Paris Saint-Germain set a new group stage record by scoring 25 goals, one more than Bayern München managed in 2019/20. Liverpool are next on the list having scored 23 in 2017/18 with Borussia Dortmund hitting 21 in 2016/17. Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12, 2016/17) and Real Madrid (2013/14) all managed 20.

• Only Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10) and Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17) have failed to score in a group stage.

• BATE Borisov conceded 24 goals in 2014/15, a new group stage record which was matched by Legia Warszawa in 2016/17. The previous mark, 22, was held by Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12) and Nordsjælland (2012/13).

• No team has ever gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without conceding a goal. Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 and 2004/05), Chelsea (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Villarreal (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16), Barcelona (2017/18) and Manchester City (2020/21) all let in just one.

• Matchday 6 of 2013/14 marked FCSB's 23rd successive game in the competition without a victory, surpassing the previous record of 22 set by Spartak Moskva between December 2000 and November 2006.

• Marseille hold the record for successive defeats in the competition, group stage to final, having lost 13 in a row between March 2012 and November 2020. The 2-0 loss at home to Porto on Matchday 4 of the 2020/21 competition surpassed Anderlecht's previous competition record of 12 losses in a row between December 2003 and November 2005. Dinamo Zagreb are next with 11 consecutive losses on two occasions, from September 2011 to November 2012 and September 2015 to December 2016.

• The lowest total for a team qualifying from the group stage is six points: Zenit in 2013/14 and Roma in 2015/16. Since three points for a win was introduced in 1995/96, ten teams have made it through with seven points: Legia Warszawa (1995/96), Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Liverpool (2001/02, second group stage), Lokomotiv Moskva (2002/03, first group stage) and eventual finalists Juventus (2002/03, second group stage), Rangers and Werder Bremen (2005/06), Galatasaray (2013/14), Basel (2014/15) and Atalanta (2019/20).

• Napoli failed to qualify from their group with 12 points in 2013/14, the highest total of any team not to reach the next stage when the top two in each section progressed. Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000, second group stage), Borussia Dortmund (2002/03, second group stage), PSV Eindhoven (2003/04), Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv (both 2004/05), Werder Bremen (2006/07), Manchester City (2011/12), Chelsea and Cluj (both 2012/13), Benfica (2013/14), Porto (2015/16) and Ajax (2019/20) all missed out with ten points.

Goalscoring records
• Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a match in Barcelona's 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012, a feat matched by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano at BATE Borisov on 21 October 2014. Fifteen more players, also including Messi and Robert Lewandowski twice, have scored four times in a game, most recently Sébastien Haller for Ajax at Sporting CP on Matchday 1 in 2021/22. That was the fifth quadruple in succession to be scored away from home after Bayern's Serge Gnabry and Lewandowski (group stage v Tottenham and Crvena zvezda respectively) and Josip Iličić (Atalanta v Valencia, round of 16 second leg) all achieved the feat in 2019/20 and Olivier Giroud did likewise for Chelsea at Sevilla in the 2020/21 group stage.

• Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for a UEFA Champions League group stage with 11 goals in 2015/16, Messi got ten goals in 2016/17, a figure matched by Robert Lewandowski in 2019/20; Ronaldo (2013/14, 2017/18) and Luiz Adriano (2014/15) scored nine while Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi, Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03), Lewandowski (2018/19) and Erling Braut Haaland (2019/20) all managed eight.

• Messi's hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven on Matchday 1 of the 2018/19 competition was his eighth in the competition, a mark Ronaldo matched against Atlético de Madrid in that season's round of 16 second leg.

Oldest and youngest players
• Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta is the oldest player to compete in the UEFA Champions League having featured against Real Madrid on Matchday 6 in 2007/08 aged 43 years 252 days. Alessandro Costacurta is the oldest outfield player; the Milan defender was 40 years and 211 days when he played against AEK Athens in 2006/07.

• Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the competition, aged 38 years 59 days, in Roma's 1-1 draw at CSKA Moskva on 25 November 2014. Ryan Giggs (37 years 290 days) was the previous record holder.

• Youssoufa Moukoko is the youngest player to have appeared, aged 16 years 18 days for Borussia Dortmund at Zenit on 8 December 2020. He replaced Celestine Babayaro, who was 16 years 87 days when he started for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucureşti on 23 November 1994; Babayaro was sent off in the 37th minute.

• Ansu Fati's winner for Barcelona at Inter on Matchday 6 in 2019/20 made him the youngest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history, at the age of 17 years 40 days. He eclipsed the previous record of Olympiacos's Peter Ofori-Quaye (17 years 195 days) that had lasted since 1 October 1997.


Team facts Only this chapter

Malmö FF

Formed: 1910
Nickname: Di Blåe (The Blues), Himmelsblått (The Sky Blues)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Cup: (1979)
• European/South American Cup: (1979)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 21 (2020)
Swedish Cup: 14 (1989)

Ten-year record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Europa League play-offs
UEFA Europa League round of 32
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
second qualifying round
did not take part in UEFA competition
group stage
group stage
UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
did not take part in UEFA competition
UEFA Europa League group stage (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
11-0: Malmö v Pezoporikos
03/10/73, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-7: Hibernian v Malmö
25/07/13, UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Malmö v Paris Saint-Germain
25/11/15, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
8-0: Real Madrid v Malmö
08/12/15, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Biggest home win
2-0: Malmö v Olympiacos
01/10/14, group stage

• Biggest away win

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Malmö v Paris Saint-Germain (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
8-0: Real Madrid v Malmö (see above)


FC Zenit
Formed: 1925
Nickname: Sine-Belo-Golubye (Blue-White-Sky Blues)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup (1): 2008
• UEFA Super Cup (1): 2008

Domestic honours (latest triumph in brackets)
League title: 8 (2021)
USSR/Russian Cup: 5 (2020)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless otherwise indicated)
group stage
group stage
UEFA Europa League round of 16
UEFA Europa League round of 16
UEFA Europa League round of 32
round of 16
UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2013/14: round of 16
2012/13: UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2011/12: round of 16

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
8-0: Zenit v Encamp
29/08/02, UEFA Cup qualifying round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-5 twice, most recently v Vardar
14/09/17, UEFA Europa League group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Zenit v Bologna
16/09/99, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0 twice, most recently v Stuttgart
01/11/89, UEFA Cup second round second leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Biggest home win
4-0: Zenit v Malmö
29/09/21, group stage

• Biggest away win
0-2 three times, most recently v Lyon
04/11/15, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
2-4: Zenit v Borussia Dortmund
25/02/14, round of 16 first leg
0-2: Zenit v Leipzig
05/11/19, group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
4-1: Austria Wien v Zenit
11/12/13, group stage
3-0 four times, most recently v Club Brugge
02/12/20, group stage



The all-time record of the competing clubs in UEFA club competition.

UEFA club competition: These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in UEFA club competition defined as European Champion Clubs' Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winner's Cup UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup. Matches in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1972 Super Cup are not included as they were not held under UEFA auspices, while the FIFA Club World Cup is excluded.

Match officials

UCL: Total matches officiated in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.

UEFA: Total matches officiated in UEFA club competition including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.


Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • UCLQ: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances in the qualifying rounds and play-offs only
  • UCL: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances from group stage onwards prior to current matchday
  • UCL: Total appearances in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on