Stadion Petrovskiy - St Petersburg 29/09/2015 - 20:45CET (21:45 local timelocal)

Group stage - Group H

Zenit - Gent
2-1
 

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Hulk and Shatov help Zenit see off Gent

Published: Tuesday 29 September 2015, 22.32CET
Zenit 2-1 Gent
Hulk was at his destructive best, setting up goals for Artem Dzyuba and Oleg Shatov as the Russian side took a firm grip on Group H.
 

Match statistics

Zenit
Gent

2

Goals scored

1

41

Possession (%)

59

11

Total attempts

6

4

on target

1

5

off target

3

2

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

2

2

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

17

15

Fouls suffered

15

341

Passes

596

287

completed

517

Lineups

zenit

Zenit

gent

Gent

41Kerzhakov (GK)1Sels (GK)
2Anyukov4Rafinha
89
6Lombaerts
62
8Matton
56
84
7Hulk9Depoitre
42
10Danny (C)10Renato Neto
17Shatov
67
88
13S. Mitrović
19Smolnikov14Kums (C)
21Javi García
60
15Saief
88
22Dzyuba
35
72
21Asare
24Garay23L. Nielsen
28Witsel77Milicevic
80

Substitutes

1Lodygin (GK)25Vandenbussche (GK)
4Criscito3Vitas
5Ryazantsev
88
7Coulibaly
89
13Luís Neto
62
17Van der Bruggen
14Yusupov
72
26Raman
84
92Dolgov27Simon
94Evseev28Pedersen
80
90+1

Coaches

André Villas-Boas (POR)
Hein Vanhaezebrouck (BEL)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Press kits

Standings

Group H

PPts
FC Zenit Zenit26
Valencia CF Valencia23
KAA Gent Gent21
Olympique Lyonnais Lyon21
Last updated: 27/11/2015 06:38 CET
 
  
Published: Tuesday 29 September 2015, 22.32CET

Hulk and Shatov help Zenit see off Gent

Zenit 2-1 Gent
Hulk was at his destructive best, setting up goals for Artem Dzyuba and Oleg Shatov as the Russian side took a firm grip on Group H.

  • Hulk claims two assists as Zenit make it two wins from two
  • Artem Dzyuba scores his first UEFA Champions League goal on seventh appearance
  • Oleg Shatov marks his return from injury with the clincher
  • Gent's 12-game unbeaten start to the season ends in Russia
  • Midfielder Thomas Matton nets fourth goal in three games for Gent

Hulk was Gent's destroyer-in-chief, setting up both Zenit goals as André Villas-Boas's side made it two wins from two in Group H.

Hulk left defenders in his wake throughout in St Petersburg, never more so than for the 35th-minute opener. His marker, Rafinha, was sitting on the turf as the No7's cross was headed in by Artem Dzyuba. Thomas Matton levelled, but it merely reawakened the beast as Hulk's perfectly-weighted pass set up Oleg Shatov for the winner.

Goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov, younger brother of ex-Russia forward Aleksandr, could not have dreamed of a calmer introduction to life in the UEFA Champions League. Zenit set their stall out early, forcing the visitors onto the back foot. Gent never really left it.

It took strong hands from Matz Sels to keep out Ezequiel Garay's lovely free-kick though much of the home threat came from Hulk's destructive runs, the Brazilian punching holes in the defence. Dzyuba could not capitalise with a volley midway through the half, but his header did the job.

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Hulk streaks clear of Kenneth Saief

Gent were struggling to make headway, with their nascent attacks invariably cut short by the foraging Axel Witsel. The Belgium midfielder was overrun at the start of the second period though as Gent looked to fashion a riposte that duly came when Matton volleyed in Sven Kums's cross.

Having held Lyon to a draw on matchday one despite being down to nine men, Gent appeared set to upset the odds again yet Hulk had other ideas. With 67 minutes gone he orchestrated a move that ended in Shatov, returning from a knock, lifting the ball over Sels and into the net.

Key player: Hulk

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André Villas-Boas at full time

Reaction
André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach
There are still four games to go and we play Lyon next. It would be great to have maximum points after three games because that would give us a great chance of making the next round. It is very important for us to reach that stage.

We don't have a big squad and we are not able to rotate often, but we are working with what we have. We're doing well in the Champions League but not in the Russian Premier League, but we will keep working to be successful.

Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent coach
We had our moments, we played well, but we are still learning. We have improved already, standing up to these teams and at times we were even better than Zenit. But we must be smarter. They are better at the finer details. It's a skill we need to develop.

The first goal came from losing possession. Zenit always let their opponents have a bit of the initiative but I am sure they did not intend us to have quite as much as we did. Ultimately, they were very happy to win as they feared that it could go against them.

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Last updated: 12/11/15 6.30CET

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