Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Zenit triumph in Manchester

Zenit St. Petersburg have won their first ever UEFA Cup beating Glasgow Rangers 2-0 in Manchester thanks to second-half goals from Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyrianov.

Dominant in possession throughout, a repeat of Zenit's 4-0 semi-final triumph against Bayern Munich never looked likely as coach Dick Advocaat's former side proved difficult to break down.

The Glasgow outfit, who had beaten Fiorentina in the semi-final, had chances of their own at the start of the second half but it merely fired Zenit into life and the cup was effectively theirs 18 minutes from time when Denisov met the ball with a powerful run in midfield, found Andrei Arshavin and then collected the return before coolly sliding it to Neil Alexander's left.

Zyrianov doubled the margin with virtually the last kick of the game to spark wild Zenit celebrations.

Zenit's name on the trophy comes three years after CSKA Moscow earned Russia's maiden European title.

Source: UEFA

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