Russian football club «Zenit» on the road beat the Portuguese Benfica in the first round of the group stage of the Champions League. Group meeting in Lisbon ended with the victory of the team from St. Petersburg with the score 2: 0.
«Zenith» for the fifth time began the majority of the Champions League. Four previous start invariably leads to the St. Petersburg team guest lesions. This time unpleasant tradition was stopped. In addition, Zenit became the first Russian team, which managed to beat Benfica in its field.
in the starting lineup Zenit came just 3 players, at various times, played for Benfica — Axel Witsel (2011-2012), Ezekiel Garay (2011-2014) and Javi Garcia (2009-2013). Their stands, «Da Luz», almost filled this evening thirty percent met quite warm, but the Hulk, another former envoy of the championship of Portugal, booed. The fact that the Brazilian in the period From 2008 to 2012 he played for Porto, the main rival Benfica. 12 matches for Porto Hulk was poisoned at the gate of sporting five goals.
Zenit came forward already in the sixth minute — Hulk took advantage of cutting the transmission Oleg Shatov. So, the attacker «Zenit» became the author of the first goal of the next Champions League. This was previously managed two Russian clubs, Spartak Nikolai Pisarev (1994) and Yegor » Titov (2000).
To the 20-th minute Benfica remained in the minority. Goalkeeper Artur hit released one-on-one Danny and took a red card. Took place at the gate Paulo Lopez lasted only a couple of minutes — Witsel his head sent the second ball into the goal.
In the 2nd half, Benfica attacked more and more dangerous, quite often causing to come into play goalkeeper guests Yuri Lodygina.» Zenit) answered by counter-attacks, but the score of the first half remained unchanged.
This match is abandoned home series Benfica without defeat, which lasted 51 meeting. Last defeat dated 2 October 2012, when the eagles in the group stage had lost at home to FC Barcelona 0: 2.
After losing from Aela in the first leg of the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League (July 30, Meeting in Cyprus ended with the score 0: 1) Zenit won eleven straight win in eight missed.
in the game of the second round of Zenit at home will play against French Monaco FC and SL Benfica at the exit of the German» Bayer». The matches will take place on 1 October.
explanations After the tournament
Andre Villas-Boas, head coach of Zenit: «very good game for us. In the first part we scored twice, left the enemy in the minority. The second fifty percent was no less intense. The opponent gave us the space and opportunity to attack. Third, we failed to score, one way or another we are pleased with the result.» Monaco is one of the strongest teams in our group. The next game will be very important for us as well and From the tournament point of view as a game between teams that scored 3 points in the first round. Too early to assess the game. It is always important to start With a win. In the case of a home win in the upcoming tour, we will be able to provide a good Foundation for the entire group stage «»
- Villas-Boas: could not score the Third goal in the goal Benfica, but we are pleased with the result
- Players of Zenit went out in the group stage of the Champions League
- Andre Villas-Boas: Zenit wants to fight strong opponents in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League
- Zenit will hold a meeting With Benfica, Bayer and Monaco in the group stage of the Champions League
- Danny: the Zenith will help the experience of the players who competed in the championship of Portugal