Zenit holds Malaga to 2-2 in Champions League
(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Zenit St. Petersburg came from 2-0 behind to draw with Malaga 2-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Malaga qualified for the last 16 in its first Champions League campaign two weeks ago, while Zenit's hopes in Group C depended on AC Milan not winning the late match against Anderlecht.
Diego Buonanotte opened the scoring for Malaga on the visitor's first attack in the eighth minute. A minute later, Roque Santa Cruz stole the ball from goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev and passed it to Seba, who stunned Zenit by hammering the ball into an empty net.
Zenit was close to scoring in the half. Hulk curled a neat free kick over the wall of defenders only to shave the right post in the 15th. Eight minutes later, the Brazilian put Alexander Kerzhakov through into the box but the striker hit the outer side of the net.
Hulk then hit the crossbar in the 24th.
"We started really bad and were 2-0 down after 10 minutes," Danny said. "We had chances in the first half and could have scored the third goal in the second. It will be tough, but we still have chances to stay in Europe."
Zenit was more aggressive in the beginning of the second half and Danny finally scored from close range to narrow the gap in the 49th.
Three minutes later, Kerzhakov broke into the box but failed to hit an empty net over goalkeeper Willy.
The striker was also too late connecting to a cutting cross into the box from Axel Witsel in the 72nd.
Danny was close to an equalizer in the 86th but failed to control the ball in a goalmouth scramble and stood inside the net when Viktor Fayzulin blocked the clearance and curled the ball back into the right corner of the net to level.
Updated November 21, 2012