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  • Date:16 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:20:05
  • Venue:Spyros Louis Stadium
  • Bukharov (43) Rosina (66)
    Denisov (87)
Goal!

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92mins

Nicolas Lombaerts challenges Ismael Blanco unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ignacio Scocco from right wing.

90mins

Alessandro Rosina takes a shot. Diego Sebastian Saja makes a save.

89mins

Short corner taken by Alessandro Rosina, The ball is sent over by Igor Denisov.

88mins

Igor Denisov scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. AEK Athens 0-3 Zenit St Petersburg.

87mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Alessandro Rosina from the left by-line, Aleksei Ionov takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

86mins

Corner taken right-footed by Igor Denisov, Sanel Jahic manages to make a clearance.

86mins

Igor Denisov produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

82mins

Maksim Kanunnikov replaces Alexander Bukharov. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ignacio Scocco from the right by-line, Ismael Blanco takes a shot. Save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

80mins

Pereira Leonardo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Grigoris Makos.

78mins

Aleksei Ionov comes on in place of Konstatin Zyryanov.

76mins

Alexander Bukharov is caught offside. Nathan Burns restarts play with the free kick.

74mins

Szabolcs Huszti comes on in place of Danko Lazovic.

74mins

Danko Lazovic goes off and Szabolcs Huszti comes on.

74mins

Traianos Dellas leaves the field to be replaced by Papa Bouba Diop.

73mins

Shot from just outside the area by Alessandro Rosina goes over the bar.

72mins

Booking for Grigoris Makos for dissent.

69mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ignacio Scocco, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

67mins

Goal scored by Alessandro Rosina from just inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. AEK Athens 0-2 Zenit St Petersburg.

66mins

Roman Shirokov takes a shot. Save made by Diego Sebastian Saja.

64mins

Corner taken by Ignacio Scocco from the left by-line, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

64mins

Corner taken by Ignacio Scocco from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Eduardo Bruno Alves.

60mins

Corner taken by Ignacio Scocco from the right by-line to the near post.

59mins

Tomas Hubocan concedes a free kick for a foul on Ignacio Scocco. Ignacio Scocco fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Viacheslav Malafeev.

58mins

Unfair challenge on Konstatin Zyryanov by Kostas Manolas results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Danko Lazovic.

57mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Burns on Aleksandar Lukovic. Viacheslav Malafeev takes the free kick.

57mins

Inswinging corner taken by Alexander Bukharov.

56mins

Danko Lazovic takes a shot. Save by Diego Sebastian Saja.

55mins

Alexander Bukharov takes a shot. Diego Sebastian Saja makes a save.

55mins

Ignacio Scocco takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.

54mins

Savvas Gentsoglou goes off and Nathan Burns comes on.

53mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikos Liberopoulos by Tomas Hubocan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ignacio Scocco from left wing, save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.

51mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikos Liberopoulos by Eduardo Bruno Alves. Nikos Liberopoulos takes the direct free kick.

50mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ignacio Scocco from the right by-line.

49mins

Igor Denisov concedes a free kick for a foul on Ignacio Scocco. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ignacio Scocco.

46mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ignacio Scocco.

45mins

Inswinging corner taken by Danko Lazovic, save by Diego Sebastian Saja.

44mins

Alexander Bukharov scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. AEK Athens 0-1 Zenit St Petersburg.

39mins

Ignacio Scocco fouled by Aleksandar Lukovic, the ref awards a Penalty. Caution for Aleksandar Lukovic. Penalty missed over the bar by Ismael Blanco.

39mins

The ball is swung over by Ignacio Scocco, Viacheslav Malafeev makes a save.

37mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kostas Manolas on Danko Lazovic. Kostas Manolas shown a yellow card. Danko Lazovic restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Effort on goal by Ignacio Scocco from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

34mins

Nikos Liberopoulos fouled by Eduardo Bruno Alves, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Traianos Dellas.

32mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ignacio Scocco played to the near post, clearance made by Tomas Hubocan.

29mins

Ignacio Scocco is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Viacheslav Malafeev.

28mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ignacio Scocco.

27mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ignacio Scocco from the left by-line, save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.

25mins

Nikos Karabelas challenges Alessandro Rosina unfairly and gives away a free kick. Viacheslav Malafeev restarts play with the free kick.

24mins

Kostas Manolas fouled by Alexander Bukharov, the ref awards a free kick. Kostas Manolas takes the free kick.

23mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikos Karabelas on Alessandro Rosina. Alessandro Rosina takes the direct free kick.

17mins

Corner taken by Ignacio Scocco from the left by-line, clearance by Eduardo Bruno Alves.

15mins

Ignacio Scocco takes a shot. Save by Viacheslav Malafeev. Corner taken left-footed by Sanel Jahic.

15mins

Ignacio Scocco is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Eduardo Bruno Alves.

12mins

Sanel Jahic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danko Lazovic. Danko Lazovic takes the free kick.

11mins

Foul by Sanel Jahic on Danko Lazovic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danko Lazovic.

8mins

Unfair challenge on Nikos Liberopoulos by Igor Denisov results in a free kick. Ignacio Scocco crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

The match has reached half-time.

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview

AEK playing for point AEK Athens know a point will be enough to secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League when they take on Zenit St Petersburg. Zenit have walked away with Group G courtesy of five wins from five matches, scoring 15 goals and conceding six. But second spot in the group, and with it a place in the knockout phase of the competition, is still up for grabs going into the last game on Thursday. AEK are currently in pole position with seven points from five games, with Anderlecht three points adrift in third. However, Anderlecht have a better head-to-head record against AEK and could therefore still pip them to second courtesy of a win at home to Hajduk Split and a defeat for AEK. Zenit defender Nicolas Lombaerts admits a defeat in Athens would not overly concern the Russian champions, but warned AEK and Anderlecht that they would only have themselves to blame for not qualifying. "If we do not win, is that for us the end of the world?" Lombaerts said. "No one should be angry or say that Zenit has not done their best. "If Anderlecht do not qualify from this group, they must above all look at themselves. That we are now the executioner in this group is mainly due to lower results from our opponents." Meanwhile, Zenit goalkeeper Yury Zhevnov has been named the best player from Belarus in 2010. "That's important and really nice," Zhevnov said. "That means I didn't work so hard for nothing. I did a lot of work this season. "The lion's share of this award probably came thanks to my good play for the Belarus national team. Our whole national team played well this year. "I didn't do so well in my club team, unfortunately, but I think that practising in Zenit helped me to play well for the national team, and, as a result, led people to vote for me for this award."

Formation:433Manager: Georgios Donis

AEK Athens

Formation: 433Manager: Luciano Spalletti

Zenit St Petersburg

  • Diego Sebastian Saja
  • Sanel Jahic
  • Kostas Manolas
  • Traianos Dellas
  • Nikos Karabelas
  • Savvas Gentsoglou
  • Pantelis Kafes
  • Grigoris Makos
  • Ismael Blanco
  • Nikos Liberopoulos
  • Ignacio Scocco
  • SUBS
  • Giannis Arampatzis
  • Cristian Nasuti
  • Pereira Leonardo
  • Anestis Argyriou
  • Panagiotis Lagos
  • Papa Bouba Diop
  • Nathan Burns

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Match Report

AEK Athens crash out AEK Athens suffered a heart-breaking exit from the Europa League after they were beaten at home by already-qualified Zenit St Petersburg. The Greek side began the day in the box seat to progress to the last-32 as they sat three points clear of Anderlecht in Group G. But defeat, plus the Belgians' 3-0 win over Hajduk Split, eliminated AEK due to their inferior head-to-head record. The loss was made even harder to stomach after Ismael Blanco missed a penalty to put AEK ahead, before goals from Alexander Bukharov, Alessandro Rosina and Igor Denisov ensured Zenit's perfect record in the group. AEK had looked the more likely side to score in the opening period with striker Ignacio Scocco proving a menace. The Argentinian forced the first save of the match after 15 minutes when his 30-yard effort was tipped over by Viacheslav Malafeev. Scocco blasted another long-range effort over before he won his side's 39th-minute penalty by inducing Aleksandar Lukovic into a mis-timed challenge. Blanco spurned the chance to fire his side ahead, however, as his side-footed shot sailed over the crossbar. It proved a costly miss as Zenit went ahead five minutes later. Bukharov found enough room to let fly from just outside the area with a left-footed shot that beat Sebastian Saja low to his right. It stayed that way into the break and with Anderlecht 2-0 ahead in their home tie with Hajduk, AEK knew they needed to earn a point to progress. Scocco continued as their main threat after the break, firing a free-kick into the wall before forcing another save from Malafeev. The Argentinian was, however, playing a lone hand and Zenit started to exert pressure of their own with Bukharov forcing a sharp save before Saja kept out an close-range effort from Danko Lazovic with his feet. AEK's hopes were then dealt a terminal blow in the 67th minute when Rosina scored Zenit's second with a shot from the edge of the area that flew into the top-left corner. Rosina could have had a third soon after when he thrashed a shot over before Blanco's miserable night continued when his header was tipped wide by Malafeev. It was not to be AEK's night and Denisov sealed a one-sided scoreline when he drilled in a left-footed shot from just outside the area with three minutes remaining.

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