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