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Played
September 19, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ W. Collum‎
Attendance:‬ 33855‎
 
40′ Miranda
Hulk 58′
64′ Arda Turan
 
 
Top of the Match
Koke
Koke
Atletico de Madrid
Arda Turan
Arda Turan
Atletico de Madrid
Flop of the Match
Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Zenit
Nicolas Lombaerts
Nicolas Lombaerts
Zenit

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Zenit St Petersburg: Russians silenced by Simeone's men

Miranda, Arda Turan and Baptistao allowed the home side to cruise to victory, though at the other end Hulk scored a peach of a goal

ARDA TURAN CRISTIAN ANSALDI ATLETICO MADRID ZENIT UCL 09182013
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Atletico Madrid kicked off their Champions League campaign with a thorough 3-1 victory against Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday.

The Madrid club also went into the match having lost their only two previous European encounters at home to Russian opposition, and although they struggled to create chances, Miranda headed them into a first-half lead.

His fellow Brazilian, Hulk, equalised in the second half with a brilliant long-range strike, but Arda Turan and substitute Leo Baptistao ensured that the Spanish side began Group G with a win.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone made four changes from the weekend win over Almeria, with the absence of the suspended Diego Costa was a major blow.

Adrian Lopez replaced him while Arda, Miranda and Mario Suarez came in for Tiago, Jose Maria Gimenez and Raul Garcia.

Zenit also picked up a domestic win in their last fixture against Terek Grozny, and four of those involved missed out in Madrid. Alexander Anyukov, Roman Shirokov, Viktor Faizulin and Andrey Arshavin dropped out with Nicolas Lombaerts, Cristian Ansaldi, Konstantin Zyryanov and Hulk coming in.

After a cagey start, Atletico did eventually carve open the Zenit defence in the 27th minute when Koke poked wide from near the penalty spot after a determined run by Suarez.

Simeone’s men gradually took control of the match but genuine chances were at a premium as the Zenit defence held firm. The visitors did, however, switch off before half-time and Atletico made them pay.

Koke fired in a powerful 40th-minute corner from the right and Miranda met it at the near post, heading past the helpless Yuri Lodigin.

The visitors were vastly improved in the second half and after a quick passing move in the 58th minute, Hulk ran at the Atletico defence and fired a powerful shot into the roof of the net from outside the area.

Zenit went close again just after the hour mark as Aleksander Kerzhakov saw a free-kick come back off the crossbar and Atletico responded by retaking the lead almost immediately.

The Russians failed to clear an Atletico free-kick and after Miranda and Koke had seen shots blocked, Arda stroked the ball past Lodigin to restore their lead.

Despite Zenit’s improvement, they were powerless to resist Atletico and Simeone’s side scored their third of the night through substitute Baptistao with 10 minutes left.

Arda played a through ball into the area and the young Brazilian calmly placed a shot into the bottom corner.


Atletico de Madrid

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
4.00
2
Diego Godín
Defender
45′
3.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
3.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
3.00
23
Miranda
Defender
40′
4.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
64′ 80′ 86′
4.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
3.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
40′ 89′
4.00
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
3.00
7
Adrián
Striker
79′
2.50
9
David Villa
Striker
3.00

Zenit

3.50
-
Yuri Lodigin
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
2.50
-
Neto
Defender
46′
2.50
14
2.50
19
Igor Smolnikov
Midfielder
54′
3.50
-
3.00
10
Danny
Midfielder
2.50
18
3.50
28
Axel Witsel
Midfielder
2.50
11
3.50
29
Hulk
Striker
58′ 80′ 85′

Substitutes

1
Dani Aranzubia
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
12
 - 
11
 - 
19
Guilavogui
Midfielder
 - 
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
86′
 - 
6
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
71
Egor Baburin
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
 - 
20
 - 
10
 - 
-
 - 
44
3.00
-
Oleg Shatov
Midfielder
46′

Coach/Manager

-
3.50

Coach/Manager

2.00
-
 
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Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2