Wednesday October 19, 2011 Group Stage: Group G Finished Donbass Arena

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2 Zenit St. Petersburg

  • Willian 15’
  • Luiz Adriano 45’
  • Shirokov 33’
  • Faizulin 60’

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  1. Zenit fight back for draw

    Zenit fight back for draw

    Shakhtar Donetsk were held to a 2-2 draw by Zenit St Petersburg after a dramatic 90 minutes of Champions League action at the Donbass Arena. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Zenit St. Petersburg
    • 90+3 FULL TIME: Shakhtar 2-2 Zenit. A game that was played at an explosive speed finished all square. Shakhtar will feel dissapointed at not winning but didn't deserve the win as Zenit out-classed them in the second half.
    • 90+2' Shakhtar feel that they should have had a penalty but it was waved away by the Belguin referee.
    • 90+1' Sergei Semak replaces the impressive Zyryanov.
    • 90' A goal now for Shakhtar would be cruel on a very impressive Zenit side.
    • 89' Shakhtar have the ball now at the Zenit by-line but the Zenit defence is rigid.
    • 88' Shakhtar had a couple of efforts but Danny Breaks and Fayzulen can't find the net.
    • 87' Fayzulen's cross is just to close to Rybka.
    • 86' Zenit are knocking at the door with thier 10th corner of the game.
    • 85' Diagonal ball flighted towards Danny is intercepted but Zenit get the Corner.
    • 84' Free kick to Zenit, flighted in Back post, Headed back across the line and Danny's Shot is |Cleared off the line by Kucher.
    • 83' Zenit have Shakhter just where they want them.
    • 82' Fayzulen is trying to create from midfield for the Russians.
    • 81' the game is now being played in midfield, with possesion changing hands quickly.
    • 80' Fernandinho produces a good save from Malafeev. Fernandinho tried to play in Srna but his pass was blocked and Fernandinho's shot was well saved.
    • 79' Again, the game is haulted because of a head injury.
    • 78' Shakhtar have managed to find a bit of the rythem that they had at the beginning of the second half.
    • 77' 13 minutes to go and it really is so hard to predict a winner.
    • 76' Alex Teixeira enters the game, Douglas Costa is replaced.
    • 75' Lasovic replaces Bukharov.
    • 74' Fayzulin takes a corner and Rybka is impeaded. Free kick to Shakhtar.
    • 73' Kucher in and Chyshov leaves the field.
    • 72' Exquisite football from the away side. Danny is now running the show. Single handedly beating the Shakhtar defence.
    • 71' Play has re-started.
    • 70' The game is haulted temporarily due to a clash of heads.
    • 69' shakhtar have managed to get into the Zenit half for the first time in about ten minutes. but they cant string passes together.
    • 68' Zenit are applying all the pressure now. it's an epic display of attacking football.
    • 67' Jadson makes way for Mkhitaryan.
    • 66' Shirakov finds himself almost through but cant get the ball under control and it's played clear.
    • 65' Again, Rybka saves Shakhtar. A Bukharov plays in Danny who fires straight at Rybka but it's a fine save.
    • 64' a douglas Costa shot produces a fine save from Malifeev.
    • 63' Srna is cautioned by the referee.
    • 62' Criscito is cautioned by the referee.
    • 59' GOAL: Fayzulen equalises for Zenit. A slack pass across the back line of the Shakhtar defence Chyshov but slips and Fayzulen is through on goal. The goalkeeper is caught in two minds whether or not to come out. Fayzulen delightfully lifts the ball over the helpless Rybka
    • 58' Fayzulen misses the target with the free kick.
    • 57' Danny is brought down cynically by Chysov and he enters the ref's book.
    • 57' This game is End to End, Zenit are beginning to come back into it.
    • 56' Danny is found at the back post all alone, he is caught between crossing and shootingand his attempt goes wide.
    • 55' Bukharov is given the opportunity to run at the Shakhtar defence.
    • 54' Willian has a shot from 26 yards out but it is deflected wide for a Shakhtar corner.
    • 53' The goal at the end of the first half has put the wind in the sails of the home side. The Russians look shell shocked.
    • 52' Bukharov hasan opportunity to equalise but his shot is high and wide.
    • 51' Douglas Costa and Jadson combine again, he had time and space but fired his shot into the near post side netting.
    • 50' A good cross from Douglas Costa from the right finds Jadson at the penalty spot but his shot is blasted over.
    • 49' Some Lovely skill releases Jadson down the right flank but his cross is just to far in front of Luis Adriano.
    • 48' Shakhtar have a free kick about 35 yards out, they play it short and Srna's cross is played away.
    • 47' And Shakhtar have started the game as they finished the first. A great ball in towards Adriano and his shot is blocked, Willian can't find the net with the rebound.
    • 46' Zenit get this Group G game back underway.
    • 45+1' And the last Shakhtar goal is the last kick of the ball in the first half.
    • 45' GOAL: Luis Adriano scores for Shakhtar, a cross come shot is well controlled and on the turn, fires past the helpless Malafeev.
    • 44' This time, Srna is up ended outside the Zenit box. flighted in and headed clear by Lombearts.
    • 43' Another free kick to Zenit about 30 yards out, Bruno alves takes the free kick and it is deflected into the arms of Rybka.
    • 42' Another free-kick to Zenit is flighted in but there is an infringment and Shakhtar are allowed a breather.
    • 41' Zenit have a free-kick just outside the Shakhtar box, a great delivery fails to find anyone in white.
    • 39' Zenit are just edging Shakhtar in the possesion statistics with 52% of the ball. It is very even.
    • 38' Luiz Adriano finds himself through on goal and just as he is about to pull the trigger, Criscito gets in a fantastic tackle.
    • 36' Thats the Russian international's third goal in three UEFA Champions League games. He could have had three in this game alone.
    • 34' Who knows what the final score will be, it's to hard to call.
    • 32' GOAL: Shirokov scores for Zenit and you cant say they don't deserve it. Great ball from the right allows Shirokov to chest the ball past Rybka and from a very tight angle, manages to find the net. 1 each.
    • 31' Intricate passing allows Srna to make a dash for the y-line yet the ball trundles away from him for a goal kick to Zenit.
    • 30' At the half an hour mark, the game is settling down.
    • 29' Zyryanov has a pop from distance but sails wide.
    • 28' The game is being played at a blistering pace. Zenit should have found the net.
    • 27' Bukharov has to a chance to play in Danny but he is crowded out at the edge of the Shakhtar box.
    • 25' End to end football here. A great ball played into Bukharov but he fails to direct the ball goal-wards.
    • 24' Goal-scorer Willian concedes a free-kickjust inside the Shakhtar half, The ball is cleared and the Ukranians break.
    • 22' Again, Zenit carve open the Shakhtar defence and agin fail to score. This time it was the outside of the post that kept them out.
    • 21' Douglas Costa concedes a free kick 3 yards from the Zenit by-line. Give's the player's a chance to catch thier breath in this end to end game.
    • 20' Zenit could be 3-1 up but they have failed to take thier chances. Rybka is keeping the Russians out.
    • 19' This game is being played at a great pace, great to watch.
    • 18' Again, Rybka keeps the Ukranians in front, saving at point blank range from Danny.
    • 15' And Jadson missed the target by inches. He found time and space at the penalty spot and the shot was inches wide.
    • 14' GOAL: totally against the run of play and Shakhtar takes the lead. Willian has the ball on the left hand side and blasts a right footed shot that Malafeev could only palm on to the post and watch as it entered the net.
    • 12' Zenit are starting to get into this game.
    • 11' Hubocan has a chance from the edge of the Shakhtar box but blazes over.
    • 11' Chygrynskiy barges Fayzulin in the box. Viktor Fayzulin gets to the ball ahead of Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Zenit had the chance to go in front however Rybka saves.
    • 10' Rybka saves
    • 9' PENALTY to Zenit,
    • 8' Zenit are sitting fairly deep and inviting the home side to forward.
    • 7' Shirokov has stung the palms of Rybka from 25 yards. The resulting corner is headed wide by Shirokov.
    • 6' the game is being played at a fast pace.
    • 5' Douglas Costa fires the resulting free kick high and wide of the post.
    • 4' Shakhtar are playing the ball around nicely. Free kick on the edge of the Zenit box and Bruno Alves is cautioned after only 4 minutes.
    • 3' The atmosphere really is fantastic.
    • 2' Shakhtar are in thier traditional black and orange strip.
    • 19.45 And Shakhtar get the game under way.
    • 19.44 We're all set. Who will take all three valuable Champions League points? Will it be the Ukrainian Champions or the Russian champions.
    • 19.43 The Champions League theme tune is playing and both teams look up for this.
    • 19.42 Out come the teams and the noise that is created is deafening.
    • 19.40 It's cold out there, 8C is the temperature. The teams are preparing to enter a cauldron of bright orange. Lets hope the game is as good as the atmosphere that is being created.
    • 19.35 The Scene is set with 10 minutes to go, The Donbass Arena is a sell out and there is great excitement surrounding this fixture.
    • 19.30 Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti suffered a 1-0 defeat against Shakhtar with his old side Roma during the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.
    • 19.25 Shakhtar will be looking to extend thier impressive home record this season. The Ukrainian champions are unbeaten at home. In contrast, Zenit have failed to win in the past three away games.
    • 19.20 Belguin Referee Frank De Bleeckere is in charge of tonight's group G game at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk. De Bleeckere has officiated only one game with Zenit and it was a result the Russians will not want to repeat with Juventus beating them 1-0. Again, he has only officiated one match featuring Shakhtar. That match finished 1-0 to Spanish giants Barcelona.
    • 19.15 Shakhtar beat Zenit three times in Soviet Cup semi-finals in the 1980s, each time winning on penalties. The Donetsk club suffered a shoot-out loss to Zenit in the 1977 quarter-finals.
    • 19.10 It looks like Shakhtar Are going with a formation of 4-2-3-1 with two defending midfielders giving cover to the defence yet looking to attack Zenit down the flanks with Willian and Douglas Costa providing support to Luiz Adriano. The Russians are playing a 4-4-2 with Danny dropping deeper than the more advanced Alexandre Bukharov.
    • 19.05 Both clubs have suffered at the hands of Apoel FC so far with Shakhtar dropping 2 points at home to the Greek side. Zenit also struggled against the greek side losing the opening group G game.
    • 19.00 Luciano Spalletti is forced into making two changes to the team that beat Porto 3-1 three weeks ago, as Aleksandr Anyukov joins fellow Russian international Aleksandr Kerzhakov on the sidelines. In the absence of Anyokov, Igor Denisov will captain the Russians. Mircea Lucescu, makes three changes to the side that drew against APOEL.
    • 18.55 Shakhtar Donetsk will be looking to get thier Champions League campaign back on track tonight against Zenit after picking up only 1 point in thier opening two games. At this point in last year's campaign, they had managed to get maximum points.
    • 18.50 SHAKHTAR DONETSK: Rybka, Rat, Chygrynskiy, Chysnov, Hubschman, Fernandinho, Jadson, Willian, Douglas Costa, Srna Luis Adriano... Subs: Pyatov, KucherKobin, Alex Teixeira, Eduardo, seleznyov and Mkhitaryan. ZENIT: Malafeev, Bruno Alvez, Criscito, Lombaerts, Hubocan, Shirokov, Zyraanov, Fayzulin, Denisov, Bukharov and Danny Subs: Zhevnov, Lukovic, Rosina, Huszti, Semak, Bystrov and Lazovic
    • 18.45 Welcome to our live coverage of this evening's Champions League clash between Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St Petersburg. Kick off is at 19.45 UK time and so we'll have all the team news and build up an hour before then.
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    Manager: Mircea Lucescu

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    Manager: Luciano Spalletti

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