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  • September 28, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadion Petrovskij, Sankt-Peterburg (St. Petersburg)
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 21405
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Champions League Preview: Zenit St Petersburg v Porto

Champions League Preview: Zenit St Petersburg v Porto

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The Europa League holders are looking to extend their run of victories on Russian soil against a team who surprisingly lost their Champions League opener


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ZENIT ST PETERSBURG

Zhevnov
Anyukov, Lombaerts, Hubocan, Criscito
Shirokov
Denisov, Danny,
Fayzulin
 Kerzhakov, Bukharov
PORTO

Helton
Fucile, Rolando, Otamendi, Alvaro Pereira
Fernando
Moutinho, Defour
Hulk, Kleber, James Rodriguez


Zenit's No.1, Vyacheslav Malafeev, has not yet fully recovered from an injury and will remain doubtful for the match until the last minute. Yuri Zhevnov will be given the nod to start if the Russian shot-stopper is not given the go-ahead. Bruno Alves is suspended after seeing red in the 2-1 defeat at APOEL a fortnight ago.

Porto will have to do without Freddy Guarin, who will serve the second of a two-match ban for his red card against Barcelona in the Uefa Super Cup. It was initially expected the Colombian would only be suspended for one match, but it has been confirmed he will have to sit out one more game, after missing his side's 2-1 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk.

James Rodriguez returns to coach Vitor Pereira's plans after missing Friday's 2-2 draw against Benfica through suspension.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • This is the first match in history between the two sides.
  • Porto have won all the matches they have played on Russian soil.
  • The Portuguese champions posted 1-0 and 5-2 victories at CSKA Moscow and Spartak Moscow, respectively, last season, before going on to win the Europa League.
  • Zenit St Petersburg have two Portuguese players - Bruno Alves and Danny - in their ranks, though only the latter will be allowed to play this game, as the centre-back is suspended.
  • The Russian side have achieved mixed results their matches against Portuguese opposition: in the 2005-06 Uefa Cup, they beat Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 at home, but in the 2009-10 Europa League play-off, they lost to CD Nacional 5-4 on aggregate thanks to a late goal from Ruben Micael.
  • Both Porto and Zenit are topping the league in their respective countries.
  • This will be Hulk's 20th match in the Champions League.

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Available Squads
16Vyacheslav MalafeevGoalkeeper
2Alexander AnyukovDefender
4Domenico CriscitoDefender
6Nicolas LombaertsDefender
14Tomás HubocanDefender
15Roman ShirokovMidfielder
18Konstantin ZyryanovMidfielder
20Viktor FaizulinMidfielder
-Igor DenisovMidfielder
10DannyMidfielder
11Aleksandr KerzhakovStriker
-Yuri ZhevnovGoalkeeper
24Aleksandar LukovicDefender
10Szabolcs HusztiMidfielder
57Aleksey IonovMidfielder
27Alessandro RosinaMidfielder
8Danko LazovicStriker
-Alexander BukharovStriker
1HeltonGoalkeeper
11Á. PereiraDefender
13J. FucileDefender
35RolandoDefender
-Nicolás OtamendiDefender
5Fernando BelluschiMidfielder
-Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
10James RodríguezMidfielder
25FernandoMidfielder
-KléberStriker
29HulkStriker
-Rafael BracalliGoalkeeper
4Maicon Pereira RoqueDefender
-SouzaMidfielder
35Steven DefourMidfielder
11Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
17Silvestre VarelaStriker
-Djalma Braume Manuel Abel CamposStriker

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