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February 14, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
Stadion Petrovskij — Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg)
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 19748‎
 
69′ Hulk
 
72′ Sergey Semak
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Zenit 2-0 Liverpool

A superb second-half strike from Hulk opened the scoring before Sergei Semak followed up with the Russian's side second to seal the win over Brendan Rodgers' side in Russia

By Chris Davie

  • Vyacheslav Malafeev
    15
    6
    3.00

    Vyacheslav Malafeev

    Didn't have a save to make in the first half, mainly due to Suarez's inaccuracy in front of goal, although he rushed out well to close down the Uruguayan striker's second chance. Malafeev also close Johnson down well when the right-back powered through to created a one-on-one chance after the break.

  • Alexander Anyukov
    25
    5
    3.50

    Alexander Anyukov Top of the Match

    Rarely seen in his own half which helped Zenit's attacking potency but the 30-year-old allowed Suarez to get one on one with Neto, which could have cost his side if the Liverpool striker finished his chances. Produced a fine ball across the box to set up Semak's goal.

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    15
    7
    3.50

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Looked more assured at the back than Neto and was rarely troubled other than Johnson's solo run in the second half.

  • Neto
    11
    11
    3.00

    Neto

    Was made to look a fool by Suarez's trickery in the second minute but was left isolated by Anyukov. Other than that, the centre-back was rarely tested. Booked.

  • Tomás Hubocan
    12
    6
    3.00

    Tomás Hubocan

    Looked threatening when venturing forward, which was a regular occurrence, and it provided Downing and Henderson problems down Liverpool's right. Booked.

  • Axel Witsel
    20
    11
    2.50

    Axel Witsel

    Distributed with accuracy but didn't get himself on the ball enough to have a radical effect on Zenit's play in the final third.

  • Danny
    19
    6
    2.50

    Danny

    Looked bright in the opening exchanges and exchanged with Hulk down Zenit's right flank neatly to create the Russian side's first chance. The forward remained an integral part of Zenit's play but saw his time cut short as he was replaced by Semak after 54 minutes.

  • Igor Denisov
    14
    5
    3.00

    Igor Denisov

    Tasked with keeping Zenit's rhythm flowing, the 28-year-old looked neat and composed in possession in his role behind Witsel and Shirokov.

  • Roman Shirokov
    11
    7
    2.50

    Roman Shirokov

    Similar to Witsel, Shirokov struggled to impose himself in Zenit's final third while his shooting was rash.

  • Aleksandr Kerzhakov
    9
    11
    2.00

    Aleksandr Kerzhakov

    Had a quiet game in Zenit's attack as Hulk and Danny saw a lot more of the player. Couldn't get on the end of Anyukov's cross for Zenit's second but Semak was on hand to convert the chance. Replaced by Faizulin late on.

  • Hulk
    66
    5
    3.00

    Hulk

    The Brazilian threatened in stages in the first half but also looked slightly off the pace and showed a rustiness in his first touch and movement, having not played a competitive fixture since December 10. The forward declined further in the second half until his superb long-range strike which Reina had no chance of getting near to.

Substitutions

  • Sergey Semak
    19
    4
    3.00

    Sergey Semak

    Ventured forward where possible and was rewarded after ghosting in unmarked at the back post to double Zenit's lead.

  • Viktor Faizulin
    6
    8

    Viktor Faizulin

    Replaced Kerzhakov late on.

  • Pepe Reina
    38
    33
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    The Spaniard made two excellent saves low down to deny Kerzhakov and Hulk inside the first five minutes and was called upon again later in the half to stop another strike from the Brazilian. After the break, Zenit looked short of ideas until Hulk's splendid strike which Reina had no chance of reaching, while he could do nothing about Semak's goal either.

  • Glen Johnson
    17
    51
    2.00

    Glen Johnson

    Swamped in the first half with the movement of Danny and Hubocan on Zenit's left flank but as the game opened up after the restart, Johnson flourished, and was unlucky not to be rewarded with a goal after a surging solo run ended which his shot being saved by Malafeev. But despite his forays forward, Johnson was responsible for Zenit's second goal as Semak was allowed to ghost in at the back post to score.

  • José Enrique
    21
    39
    2.00

    José Enrique

    Showed a neatness in possession and was usually well covered by Sterling, who frequently tracked back. May have been disappointed that he could not venture forward more often but the threat of Anyukov was too often.

  • Jamie Carragher
    41
    29
    2.50

    Jamie Carragher

    The 35-year-old made a vital interception to halt Hulk's promising solo run in the first half and was solid at the heart of Liverpool's defence.

  • Martin Skrtel
    15
    63
    2.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Looked the more erratic in Liverpool's centre-back partnership and often clattered into Zenit's attacking players in order to stop them. Should have closed Hulk down sooner but was punished as the Brazilian struck a superb long-range opener. Booked.

  • Steven Gerrard
    29
    38
    2.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Sat very deep early on in an attempt to stifle Zenit's attacking threat in the opening stage of the tie. As the first half progressed, Gerrard moved further forward as the space opened up and produced two fine long balls which Suarez was unable to take advantage of.

  • Jordan Henderson
    27
    68
    1.00

    Jordan Henderson Flop of the Match

    Was the more advanced of Liverpool's midfield trio but that had no effect of the potency of the visitors' attack. Long balls from the back often cut out Henderson, which didn't help, but the 22-year-old struggled to get involved all evening.

  • Stewart Downing
    18
    52
    2.00

    Stewart Downing

    Looked uneasy in possession and often passed to team-mates who were being tightly marked in the first half. The midfielder perked up slightly after the break and his incisive run led to another missed chance for Suarez.

  • Joe Allen
    10
    69
    2.00

    Joe Allen

    The midfielder had a quiet game alongside Gerrard and could not effect the play either defensively or in the attacking third. His passing was often rash, too.

  • Raheem Sterling
    22
    46
    2.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Hardly got a touch in the first half and was primarily camped in his own half in order to deal with the overlapping run of Anyukov. Showed good composure inside Zenit's box to square a pass to Suarez, who spurned a golden chance to put Liverpool ahead before half time. Replaced by Lucas.

  • Luis Suárez
    28
    70
    2.00

    Luis Suárez

    The striker was unlucky not to open the scoring in the third minute after dragging his shot wide from a jinking run but that finish set the tone for the match as the Uruguayan went on to miss three clear chances to put Liverpool ahead. Not his best night in front of goal.

Substitutions

  • Lucas Leiva
    34
    24

    Lucas Leiva

    Replaced Sterling when Liverpool were two goals down in order to make sure Zenit didn't get a third.

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