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3 vs 0
Played
September 18, 2012 8:45 PM SAST
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 23670‎
 
3′ Isco
 
 
76′ Isco
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Malaga 3-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Goal.com takes a closer look at those involved in the Andalusians' first-ever Champions League group stage match, won with ease thanks to two strikes from Isco

  • Willy Caballero
    2
    0
    3.00

    Willy Caballero

    The keeper made a handful of quality saves to keep Malaga in the ascendancy at half time, including an excellent low stop from Kerzhakov.

  • Eliseu
    3
    0
    3.00

    Eliseu

    Excellent in his work-rate and approach play, although on occasion was guilty of taking on too much with team-mates waiting. Should have netted the third at the start of the second half.

  • Jesús Gámez
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jesús Gámez

    Did brilliantly to set up Saviola for the second goal, driving the ball across the goalmouth after finding space. Occasionally caught out of position as Zenit streamed forward.

  • Martín Demichelis
    2
    1
    3.00

    Martín Demichelis

    Two needless fouls in the first half earned the Argentine a yellow card and forced him to be on his guard for the whole match. Slack marking almost cost his team dearly.

  • Monreal
    2
    0
    3.00

    Monreal

    Solid down the left throughout the encounter, also effective overlapping when the Boquerones launched on the counter.

  • Weligton
    3
    0
    3.00

    Weligton

    Seemed to lack understanding alongside Demichelis, which harmed Malaga's collective defensive effort. Still made a couple of decisive tackles to shackle the likes of Hulk.

  • Camacho
    2
    0
    4.00

    Camacho

    Some question marks remained over his positioning when Zenit's swift attacking put Malaga on the back foot, but the midfielder otherwise put in an assured performance.

  • Isco
    8
    0
    4.50

    Isco Top of the Match

    A wonderful run and finish after just three minutes from the youngster put his team into the lead, the start of what was an impressive display for the Spain U-21 star.

  • Joaquín
    3
    0
    3.50

    Joaquín

    A real livewire for Malaga, who gave Zenit a torrid evening from both flanks as well as down the middle. Two inspired passages of play deserved to end with goals.

  • Javier Saviola
    4
    0
    3.50

    Javier Saviola

    Showed all the striking instinct that took him to Barcelona and Madrid with an astutely-converted goal. But will be annoyed that he could not end up with a second after squandering Joaquin's cross.

  • Portillo
    2
    0
    3.50

    Portillo

    The young academy graduate was a decent foil for the more explosive talents of Joaquin and Eliseu, holding the ball up well and distributing intelligently to the flanks.

Substitutions

  • Manuel Iturra
    3
    0
    3.00

    Manuel Iturra

    Added more bite in the middle after entering at the interval for Portillo.

  • Roque Santa Cruz
    3
    0
    3.00

    Roque Santa Cruz

    Came in midway through the second half for Saviola.

  • Vyacheslav Malafeev
    1
    0
    3.00

    Vyacheslav Malafeev

    Badly exposed by his defence for both Malaga goals, but did excellently to deny a third when he frustrated Eleseu in the second half.

  • Alexander Anyukov
    1
    1
    2.00

    Alexander Anyukov Flop of the Match

    The right back was given a nightmare evening, after being turned by Isco on his way to the opener and generally tortured by Malaga's trickery in attack.

  • Aleksandar Lukovic
    0
    1
    2.50

    Aleksandar Lukovic

    Did not enjoy himself at all against a marauding Malaga attack in the first 45 minutes, and was withdrawn before the half ended.

  • Bruno Alves
    2
    1
    3.00

    Bruno Alves

    Tried in vain to anchor a Zenit defence that at times looked painfully stretched, but failed to pick up Saviola as the Argentine made it 2-0.

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    0
    1
    3.00

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Really had to hit the target after being gifted one of Zenit's best chances of the encounter, but headed wide after losing his marker. Suffered along with the rest of the defence when Malaga attacked with pace and numbers.

  • Igor Denisov
    0
    1
    3.00

    Igor Denisov

    Unable to cope with the verve and commitment shown by Malaga as they streamed forward, as the Zenit midfield was stretched across the field.

  • Konstantin Zyryanov
    0
    1
    3.50

    Konstantin Zyryanov

    Dragged off with 15 minutes remaining as coach Luciano Spalletti desperately sought to change the course of the match.

  • Roman Shirokov
    0
    1
    3.00

    Roman Shirokov

    The midfielder could only steer a free header into Caballero's arms to let slip a golden opportunity, but never stopped trying in spite of the deficiencies in his team.

  • Viktor Faizulin
    1
    0
    2.50

    Viktor Faizulin

    Failed to make an impact on proceedings, too often lost out wide and a virtual spectator for a large part of the match.

  • Aleksandr Kerzhakov
    1
    1
    2.50

    Aleksandr Kerzhakov

    An intelligent turn and shot in the first half went close to halving the deficit, but the striker could not sustain his performance and too often went missing.

  • Hulk
    2
    4
    3.00

    Hulk

    One of the better men in a Zenit shirt, rattled the bar early in the game and tirelessly worked for his team-mates who, unfortunately, were far from the Brazilian's level.

Substitutions

  • Michael Lumb
    0
    0
    2.50

    Michael Lumb

    Given just one minute at the death with the game already lost.

  • Vladimir Bystrov
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vladimir Bystrov

    Denied by the flailing arms of Caballero after bundling his way through on goal, the midfielder could not inspire his team after entering for Lukovic.

  • Luka Đorđević
    1
    0
    3.00

    Luka Đorđević

    Came on with 15 minutes left to try and add something in attack, but to no avail.

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