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December 1, 2010
• Stadion Petrovskij, Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg)
Referee: M. Borski
• Attendance: 13900
A. Ionov 12'
A. Bukharov 65'
S. Huszti 88'
90' + 3'
AND IT IS OVER! Zenit St. Peterburg record a comfortable 3-1 win against Anderlecht. Ionov opened the scoring in the first half and Bukharov doubled the hosts' lead after the break. Kanu clawed one back in the waning minutes of the game, but Huszti restored the two-goal lead in the following attack. The hosts were arguably better today and deserve their victory. It is good night from me, Vasil Kotsev! Join us for our live coverage of tonight's clash between Lech Poznan and Juventus which start in minutes. Bye, for now!
There will be three minutes of injury time.
Goal Szabolcs Huszti
GOAL! INSTANT ANSWER FROM ZENIT ST.PETERBURG! Substitute Huszti latched onto a cross from Meira from the left wing and slammed home from just outside the box to restore Zenit St.Peterburg's two-goal lead.
GOAL! Anderlecht halve Zenit St. Peterburg's lead! Kanu the goalscorer! The striker headed in a cross from Ziguy Badibanga from the left wing to claw one back for Anderlecht.
OUTSTANDING PROTO! The goalkeeper is quick off his line to clear the ball Kanunnikov's feet when the striker was played through on goal.
Kanunnikov commits a foul on Ondrej Mazuch.The substitute has been very quiet so far.
Another outstanding save by Proto! Zurianov was give space to shoot from inside the penalty area after a fast break by Zenit, but Proto makes yet another vital intervention.
Tom de Sutter
Kanu takes a corner kick on the left, but it is claimed by Malafeew with ease.
Yellow Card Nicolas Lombaerts
Lombaerts goes into the booking for a professional foul. He has had an outstanding game so far.
Yellow Card Sacha Kljestan
ROSINA HITS THE BAR! The Italy international let if fly from distance with a powerful shot, but it cannoned off the bar. Zenit St. Peterburg are in full swing now.
OUTSTANDING SAVE BY PROTO! Bukharov found himself in front of open goal just outside the six-yard box, but the goalkeeper somehow manages to clear his finish from the goal line.
DANNY! The Portuguese was released down the left and let it fly from the left side of the box, but Proto makes a wonderful save with his right leg.
This certainly seals it for the hosts. Anderlecht have been surprisingly toothless in attack and I personally see now way for them to get back into the game, unless a miracle happen.
Goal Alexander Bukharov
GOAL! Zenit St. Peterburg double their lead! Bukharov the goalscorer! Danny put in a wonderful chipped through-ball to release Bukharov behind Anderlecht's defence and in a one-on-one situation with Proto and the striker made no mistake with his finish to make it 2-0.
IONOV! WIDE OF THE LEFT POST! Rosina was released near the left side of the box, following a fast break, he teed up the ball for Ionov whose low finish fizzled wide of the far post.
Kanunnikov is warming up near the sidelines. Who will he replace?
Rosina is on the ground after a hard tackle by Polak. He seems fine to continue.
Kljestan with a free-kick from around 35 yards out ... Right into Malafeev's hands ...
KANU! The striker won the ball superbly on the right and crossed from near the right corner flag, but Malafeev claimed the ball in the box.
Zenit St. Peterburg record signing Danny has beev very quiet so far in the second half. He was one of the hosts' top players before the break.
Lombaerts clears the danger from inside the box. The subsequent corner on the left resulted in nothing.
Yellow Card Aleksandar Lukovic
Matias Suarez replaced Legear at half-time as Anderlecht are looking for a way back into the game.
The second half begins ...
45' + 2'
The referee blows his whistle for the end of the first half. Zenit St. Peterburg took the lead in the 12th minute through Ionov and have since looked very dangerous on the break, while Anderlecht have been struggling to create anything of note in attack, barring Lukaku's shot in the 32nd minute. Will the Belgians lift their game and take the result they need in the second half? Join us after the break to find out.
Marecek crossed from near the right for Polak in the box, but Krizanac rose the highest and cleared the danger.
Anderlecht are pumping bodies forward, but have struggled with their final ball to the strikers. Can the decision to this problem be on the bench?
Zenit St.Peterburg were recently crowned champions of Russia in their only first season under Luciano Spalletti. The Italian tactician has never won a league in his career, having led the likes of Roma and Udinese.
ROSINA! The midfielder let it fly from outside the box after being fed a nice ball by Zurianov, but his shot was blocked and Anderlecht's defence clear the danger shortly after.
Kljestan and Lukaku played a neat one-two on the left side of the box, but the United States of America international saw a his finish from a difficult angle blocked.
Lukaku is dispossessed with a wonderful tackle from behind by Lombaerts, but the referee saw offence according to the rules of football.
Yellow Card Roman Shirokov
Possession statistics: Zenit St.Peterburg 47%, Anderlecht 53%. That come as no surprise, seeing as how the Russians have withdrawn a little bit after Ionov's strike.
LUKAKU! The striker pulled the trigger from inside the box, but Malafeev made a very good save to deny the striker. He should have put more power in that.
Zenit has been very fluent in transition and have looked incredibly dangerous on the counter. Can they double their lead soon?
ROSINA! Horrible miss! The Italy international was played through on goal and failed to find the goal from no more than eight yards out. A good chance went begging.
ZURIANOV! Meira ran down the right wing and put in an inviting cross for Zurianov near the right post, but the midfielder's deft finish fizzled past wide.
Bukharov and Ionov tried to play a one-two, but Mazuch made a good intervention to rob Bukharov off the ball and concede a corner. Nothing dangerous came out of that.
Anderlecht have been struggling in attack so far and are unlikely to break the hosts' solid defence with sloppy passing and little to no running.
Lukaku wins a corner from Krizanac after being fed a a nice ball by Kanu. Still, nothing came out of this corner-kick.
Now Meira is on the ground after a tussle in the box. The Portuguese hardman has been very good so far.
LEGEAR! The forward received a nice pass on the left wing, and took a few steps before firing a shot in the side-netting.
Proto really could have done better with this, especially with closing down the angle. Still, fine finishing from Ionov who managed to thread such a precise shot.
Goal Aleksey Ionov
GOAL! The hosts take the lead! Ionov with the goal! Danny released the striker in space on the right, the Russian advanced to the penalty area and applied a precise finish that fizzled past Proto and went in the near corner.
Eleven minutes on the clock and still no real chances in this game ... Will a goal freshen up the game?
Zenit are now passing the ball around, trying to keep possession as long as possible.
Ionov and Meira sandwich Kanu in the centre of the pitch, but there will be no booking for Ionov, the resulting free-kick, however, results in nothing.
Malafeev needs medical assistance after a collision with Meira on the right side of the six-yard box. He seems fine to continue, though ...
Bukharov was released down the left wing by Danny with a lobbed through-ball, but Proto is quick off his line and claims the ball ahead of the striker.
The first half begins ...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of tonight's clash between Zenit St. Peterburg and Anderlecht from Belgium. The Russians have already qualified with twelve points from four game, while the visitors are second in the standings, ahead of AEK Athens on goal difference, so they need all the points they can get. It promises to be an exciting affair. Stay tune, the game starts soon ...
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