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2 vs 2
Played
November 21, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
Stadion Petrovskij — Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg)
Referee:‬ Olegário Manuel Benquerenca‎
Attendance:‬ 18347‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Zenit St Petersburg 2-2 Malaga

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Petrovsky Stadium as the hosts came back from an early two-goal deficit to keep their Champions League hopes alive

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Vyacheslav Malafeev
    1
    4
    2.50

    Vyacheslav Malafeev Flop of the Match

    Made one save of note when he palmed away a Duda free kick, but his evening was marred by a suicidal pass out that was intercepted by Santa Cruz for Malaga's second goal.

  • Alexander Anyukov
    2
    3
    3.00

    Alexander Anyukov

    Came alive more after the interval as Zenit pushed for a a way back into the game, and was able to get himself into a few promising positions far up on the flanks.

  • Bruno Alves
    2
    3
    2.50

    Bruno Alves

    Terrible miscommunication with Malafeev for Malaga's second, as he was looking away from goal just when his goalkeeper looked to be playing a short pass towards him.

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    2
    3
    2.50

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Struggled to shrug Santa Cruz off the ball, and was generally unconvincing in his attempts to stem the movement of the Malaga front line.

  • Tomás Hubocan
    3
    3
    3.00

    Tomás Hubocan

    His improved attacking endeavour in the second half was rewarded with a clever assist for Danny's goal: a nifty cross in from the left hand side.

  • Danny
    10
    2
    4.00

    Danny Top of the Match

    Huffed and puffed in the first half, but finally blew the house down after the break. Brought his side back into the game with a fine finish from close range, and had Caballero not been on his game, he may well have had a hat-trick. A constant menace in the latter stages.

  • Roman Shirokov
    1
    3
    3.00

    Roman Shirokov

    Tidy in possession, but otherwise, did not contribute much of note. Taken off in the second half as Spalletti looked for a more dynamic option.

  • Igor Denisov
    2
    2
    3.00

    Igor Denisov

    Never seemed shy to put his foot in, and was always a willing runner to get forward, keen to support the attack. If only his shooting could have been a bit better, as he wasted one or two good positions.

  • Axel Witsel
    8
    1
    4.00

    Axel Witsel

    Seemed a bit off the pace of the game in the first half, but his improvement was exponential in the second. Won the ball in many promising areas and drifted wide to the flanks to good effect. Very difficult for Malaga to keep tabs on in the second half.

  • Aleksandr Kerzhakov
    2
    5
    2.50

    Aleksandr Kerzhakov

    Though his moment off the ball was superb, his shooting was anything but. Had he honed his sights and taken one of the handful of chances that fell his way, Zenit may have well ended up with all three points.

  • Hulk
    7
    4
    3.00

    Hulk

    The main source of attacking inspiration for the hosts in the first half as he drove them forward at every opportunity with his direct and powerful play on the ball. Surprisingly tailed off in the second half as Zenit ramped up the pressure on the Malaga goal.

Substitutions

  • Viktor Faizulin
    5
    1
    3.50

    Viktor Faizulin

    Immediately added some class to the attack, and kept his head to fire home a rebound in a congested area, to finish off a move that he had first initiated.

  • Vladimir Bystrov
    2
    3
    2.50

    Vladimir Bystrov

    Though he found space out wide often, his deliveries left a lot to be desired.

  • Willy Caballero
    8
    0
    3.50

    Willy Caballero

    Excellent with his shot-stopping and came up big a few times to deny Zenit, and especially Danny, a way through on a number of occasions.

  • Jesús Gámez
    6
    0
    3.50

    Jesús Gámez

    Apart from one moment in the opening half where he was skinned by Danny, he kept his poise exceptionally in defence and was extremely effective when going forward.

  • Martín Demichelis
    4
    1
    3.00

    Martín Demichelis

    Sturdy enough in the first half, but he was taken off during the interval after picking up a booking. Will serve a suspension for Malaga's last group game.

  • Eliseu
    7
    1
    3.00

    Eliseu

    Spent the majority of his time pushed far up the field, effectively functioning as a left winger. Difficult for the defence to pick up with his movements from deep and he played a key role in a few promising Malaga attacks. One or two gaps defensively, however, as his eagerness to get forward negated his defensive duties at times.

  • Oguchi Onyewu
    11
    1
    3.00

    Oguchi Onyewu

    A tower of strength at the back, and was more than a match for Hulk whenever they squared up together. Dominant in the air when defending set pieces and crosses, and hardly put a foot wrong otherwise.

  • Camacho
    7
    0
    4.00

    Camacho

    A veritable rock in the home side's defence, as he shackled Hulk completely out of the game in the second half. Time after time, he made crucial plays in his own half to stop Zenit in their tracks.

  • Jérémy Toulalan
    6
    0
    3.50

    Jérémy Toulalan

    The veteran never looked rattled, even when Zenit pushed forward in numbers to find a way back into the game. He broke up attacks simply and effectively in front of the back four and was a superb platform for his side to build upon.

  • Duda
    5
    0
    3.50

    Duda

    Composed on the ball and kept possession well out wide. Rather than elect to beat his man to the byline, he instead played a facilitating role and allowed the younger legs of Buonanotte & Co to do the running off the ball. Came close with a long range free kick.

  • Diego Buonanotte
    8
    0
    3.50

    Diego Buonanotte

    A tricky customer for the Zenit defence to deal with, as his ease while running with the ball was evident for all to see. His ability to dribble into dangerous positions dovetailed nicely with the rest of the attack, especially on the counter.

  • Sebastián Fernández Miglierina
    7
    0
    3.50

    Sebastián Fernández Miglierina

    Whenever Malaga broke forward, you could count on Seba playing a key role in their advance. The attacking midfielder set up the first goal brilliantly for Bounanotte with some great play on the wing, before pouncing on a Malafeev error to double his side's advantage. His ability on the ball often left Zenit playing on the back foot.

  • Roque Santa Cruz
    9
    1
    4.00

    Roque Santa Cruz

    Lead the line admirably for the visitors, playing well with his back to goal and always looking to get his fellow players involved in the game. Quick thinking to pounce on Malafeev's poor clearance to set up Malaga's second goal.

Substitutions

  • Weligton
    2
    2
    3.00

    Weligton

    A few solid defensive clearances after his introduction helped to steady the ship.

  • Juanmi
    2
    2
    3.00

    Juanmi

    A relatively late injection of fresh legs in the attacking third.

  • Portillo
    2
    2
    3.00

    Portillo

    Worked hard in midfield, but did not see a whole lot of the ball.

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