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Europa League: Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 Dundalk

Daryl Horgan levelled for Dundalk in the second half
Daryl Horgan levelled for Dundalk in the second half

Dundalk produced a battling performance as a double from Brazilian Giuliano gave Zenit St Petersburg a 2-1 win in Thursday's Europa League Group D game.

Giuliano fired home right-footed to give the Russians the lead before half-time but Daryl Horgan levelled with a composed finish on the counter-attack.

The hosts nudged ahead with a scrappy goal after Dundalk failed to clear, before Patrick McEleney hit the bar.

Zenit qualify for the last 32 while Dundalk retain hopes of joining them.

Former Uefa Cup winners Zenit have won all four of their fixtures so far, with Dundalk joined on four points by Maccabi Tel-Aviv, who drew 0-0 at home to bottom side in the group, AZ Alkmaar.

Dundalk host Alkmaar in their next game in the competition at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on 24 November, a fixture which should prove crucial to their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages.

The visitors made a promising start when John Mountney's cross-cum-shot smacked off the bar, with home goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov stranded.

Zenit take control

Zenit began to gain the upper hand however and Oleg Shatov forced Gary Rogers into a fine diving save, while the same player's seemingly goalbound left-foot drive cannoned off Dane Massey.

The League of Ireland champions continued their determined rearguard action but their defence was finally breached with four minutes of the first half remaining.

Defender Brian Gartland was caught in possession and Giuliano completed a fine breakaway goal to ease his side's frustration.

Seven minutes after the break, Stephen Kenny's side levelled after Horgan, who was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad this week, ran from inside his own half and tucked the ball into the net.

Rogers continued to produce heroics to maintain parity, but Giuliano's strike for his fifth goal of the tournament proved decisive.

McEleney could have grabbed a second equaliser for his side but was unfortunate to see his well-struck lob come off the woodwork with the goalkeeper off his line.

Line-ups

Zenit St Petersburg

  • 41Kerzhakov
  • 2Anyukov
  • 13Novo Neto
  • 6LombaertsBooked at 86minsSubstituted forZhirkovat 89'minutes
  • 4CriscitoBooked at 41mins
  • 7de Paula
  • 28Witsel
  • 8da Silveira Júnior
  • 9Kokorin
  • 11KerzhakovSubstituted forDjordjevicat 90+3'minutes
  • 17ShatovSubstituted forMakat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lodygin
  • 14Yusupov
  • 15Mogilevets
  • 22Dzyuba
  • 29Mak
  • 77Djordjevic
  • 81Zhirkov

Dundalk

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Gannon
  • 3GartlandBooked at 71mins
  • 4Boyle
  • 14Massey
  • 5Shields
  • 8MountneySubstituted forO'Donnellat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10FinnBooked at 43mins
  • 11McEleneyBooked at 81minsSubstituted forShielsat 83'minutes
  • 7Horgan
  • 9McMillanSubstituted forKilduffat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6O'Donnell
  • 15Barrett
  • 16Kilduff
  • 19Shiels
  • 20O'Connor
  • 22Sava
  • 24Keane
Referee:
Luca Banti
Attendance:
17,723

Match Stats

Home TeamZenit St PetersburgAway TeamDundalk
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Zenit St Petersburg 2, Dundalk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Zenit St Petersburg 2, Dundalk 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Luka Djordjevic replaces Alexander Kerzhakov.

Mikhail Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk).

Attempt saved. Giuliano (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Yuri Zhirkov replaces Nicolas Lombaerts.

Booking

Stephen O'Donnell (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aleksandr Kokorin (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Dundalk).

Attempt blocked. Daryl Horgan (Dundalk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg).

Chris Shields (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Zenit St Petersburg. Robert Mak tries a through ball, but Alexander Kerzhakov is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Dean Shiels replaces Patrick McEleney.

Foul by Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg).

Chris Shields (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Patrick McEleney (Dundalk) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Daryl Horgan.

Booking

Patrick McEleney (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Patrick McEleney (Dundalk).

Goal!

Goal! Zenit St Petersburg 2, Dundalk 1. Giuliano (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauricio.

Attempt missed. Giuliano (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Mak.

Attempt missed. Robert Mak (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Kerzhakov with a cross.

Attempt missed. Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandr Kokorin.

Attempt saved. Robert Mak (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Booking

Brian Gartland (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Mak (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brian Gartland (Dundalk).

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Giuliano.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Robert Mak replaces Oleg Shatov because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Giuliano (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aleksandr Kokorin.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Ciarán Kilduff replaces David McMillan.

Attempt missed. Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Anyukov following a corner.

Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Sean Gannon.

Attempt saved. Mauricio (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexander Anyukov.

Foul by Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg).

Brian Gartland (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Dundalk. Dane Massey tries a through ball, but Ronan Finn is caught offside.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 3rd November 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe421156-17
2Feyenoord42113217
3Man Utd42026426
4Zorya Luhansk402224-22

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nicosia43015419
2Olympiakos42116337
3BSC Young Boys41123304
4FC Astana402237-42

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Anderlecht422011478
2Saint-Étienne42205328
3Mainz4121610-45
4FK Qabala400449-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg4400135812
2Dundalk411245-14
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv411256-14
4AZ Alkmaar402228-62

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma422012668
2Austria Vienna412189-15
3Astra Giurgiu411259-44
4Viktoria Plzen403134-13

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk420210916
2Ath Bilbao420268-26
3Rapid Vienna41216605
4Sassuolo41217615

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax431085310
2Celta Vigo41217615
3Standard Liege41216425
4Panathinaikos401339-61

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakhtar Donetsk44001331012
2Sporting Braga41215505
3KAA Gent4112611-54
4Konyaspor401327-51

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke440071612
2FK Krasnodar42026516
3RB Salzburg410335-23
4Nice410338-53

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina4310112910
2FK Qarabag421167-17
3PAOK Salonika411224-24
4Slovan Liberec4013410-61

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague43016429
2Southampton42115237
3Hapoel Be'er Sheva411223-14
4Inter Milan410337-43

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor42117527
2Villarreal41216605
3FC Zürich41214405
4Steaua Bucharest403124-23
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