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Enterprising Zenit profit from Lucio lapse

FC Bayern München 1-1 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
A second-half Lucio own goal gave Russian champions Zenit a crucial away strike against the German giants.

Bayern defender Lucio put through his own net to give Zenit a vital away goal
Bayern defender Lucio put through his own net to give Zenit a vital away goal ©Getty Images

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On a high

Paying the penalty
The game was approaching a critical moment when a one-two between Zé Roberto and Ribéry split the Zenit back line. And that pairing earned a penalty for the Bundesliga leaders seconds later. Zé Roberto lifted a high leg in an attempt to reach Lahm's right-wing cross. Zenit full-back Ricksen, playing because of debilitating injuries to Dick Advocaat's defence, had the same thought but caught his opponent to concede the spot-kick. Ribéry shot into the midriff of Vyacheslav Malafeev but was cool enough to tuck in the rebound with his left foot.

Pressure point
Bayern were carrying a constant threat by the midway stage of the first half, typified when only a superb tackle by Anatoliy Tymoschuk cut out Podolski's dart into the six-metre box. Against the flow, Zyrianov made space to fire in an effort which Oliver Kahn got down to save. Zé Roberto maintained the pressure on the Russian champions by timing a sideways run to meet Miroslav Klose's pass, yet succeeded merely in angling the ball wide.

Variation on a theme
Schweinsteiger, ending the first 45 minutes as he had begun them, made a fuss of a shooting chance created by Ribéry's driving run which had left Zenit captain Tymoschuk on his backside. There was variation on the theme within moments of the restart. A Ribéry air shot allowed Schweinsteiger to take responsibility with a thumping drive; his cross-cum-shot also worked the goalkeeper.

The equaliser
By the hour mark, the Zenit players were showing more authority in possession although that did not take the surprise factor away from their goal. Fayzulin, crossing in hope, got more than he expected when Lucio flicked a defensive header out of reach of Kahn's right hand. Immediately, Pogrebnyak and Tymoschuk had openings which could have doubled the yield. Bayern might have done the same before the equaliser: Zé Roberto, a master of timing, raced into enemy territory, back-heeled the ball and saw Podolski's ensuing strike smash off a defender.

Late openings
Bayern, never particularly accommodating hosts, would not have complained had Zenit retreated back into their shells. Arshavin should have sprung the offside trap. Then Fayzulin's flick was cleared off the line by Zé Roberto with substitute keeper Michael Rensing, who had replaced the injured Kahn, in no-man's land. For Ottmar Hitzfeld's team, the outstanding attempt of a frenzied final quarter came from Lucio – a powerful drive tipped over by Malafeev.