FC Zenit St. Petersburg rested key players and still reached the Russian Cup quarter-finals while Olympique de Marseille earned a morale-boosting three points.
There were contrasting fortunes for UEFA Cup rivals FC Zenit St. Petersburg and Olympique de Marseille at the weekend as the Russian outfit slipped to defeat and the French side picked up a valuable victory. But Marseille will be without goalkeeper Fabien Barthez as they bid to recover from a first-leg 1-0 deficit in Russia this week.
FC Terek Chechenskaya Respublika 1-0 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit progressed into the quarter-finals of the Russian Cup despite a second-leg defeat at the hands of Terek on Sunday. The only goal of the game was scored by Timur Dzhabrailov after 61 minutes but Martin Škrtel and Aleksandr Kerzhakov's goals from the first leg saw Zenit through to play FC Torpedo Moskva in the last eight. Both Kerzhakov and fellow striker Andrei Arshavin were rested for the away leg with Robertas Poškus and Dragan Cadikovski taking their places, while captain Vladislav Radimov and Olexander Spivak were also not used on Sunday.
Zenit coach Vlastimil Petržela said: "I didn't like the match. Today we gave a chance to those lacking match practice, and they made several mistakes. We did not expect Terek's quick counterattacks. I think the players thought they were world champions. Given that, the result is fair."
Olympique de Marseille 2-0 AS Saint-Etienne
Marseille moved back into contention for a return to European competition next season, after a home victory against St-Etienne on Sunday night took them in fifth in Ligue 1. Mickaël Pagis was the difference between the sides, scoring with a free-kick after 16 minutes and then adding a second with a header two minutes later. The winter signing from RC Strasbourg had a chance to complete a hat-trick after Franck Ribéry was brought down for a penalty on 63 minutes, but was unable to convert the resulting spot-kick.
Winger Ribéry, who is suspended for the match in Russia on Thursday, said: "I'm really sad not to be going out there after my red card in the first leg." Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez does not travel after limping from the pitch at the weekend with a calf problem, and will be replaced by Cédric Carrasso. "He won't be with us on Thursday, and it will be a time trial for next Sunday's match against [LOSC] Lille [Métropole]," said coach Jean Fernandez. Pagis is ineligible for the trip to Russia, while Slovenian defender Bostjan Cesar has a fractured skull and Jérôme Bonnissel will miss the trip because of a rib injury.