Champions League - Pitch inspection due at Zenit

Wed, 15 Feb 08:09:00 2012

Zenit St Petersburg claim the blisteringly cold conditions in Russia will hinder both sides in their Champions League last 16 first leg against Benfica, which will be subject to a pitch inspection prior to kick-off.

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The Russian side and their Portugese opponents are set to begin the second half of their respective European campaigns this evening at 17:00 GMT, but severely cold conditions mean there will be a last-minute check at the Petrovsky Stadium ahead of kick-off.

Zenit's Aleksander Kerzhakov claimed there would be no home field advantage stemming from the weather, which he says will adversely affect both sides.

Zenit v Benfica pitch inspection due today

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus echoed those sentiments, but vowed his team would "play with confidence" regardless of the weather.


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