five-star zenit progress with a swagger published: wednesday 7 august 2013, 20.30cet
fc zenit st petersburg 5-0 fc nordsjælland (agg: 6-0)
roman shirokov (2), hulk, danny and andrey arshavin all scored as luciano spalletti's side overwhelmed their danish visitors.
by artem nefedyev from stadion petrovski
a pair of goals from roman shirokov bookended a fine fc zenit st petersburg performance, as they put five goals past fc nordsjælland at the stadion petrovski to secure a place in friday's uefa champions league play-off draw.
following their hard-fought win in denmark last week, things were rather more straightforward for luciano spalletti's men this time around as hulk, danny and andrey arshavin found the net in between shirokov's pair to keep alive hopes of a third successive group stage appearance. things did not go entirely to plan, with luís neto sent off in the 72nd minute, but by that time the game was up for nordsjælland.
it was always going to be tough for kasper hjulmand's side to overturn the first-leg deficit and they were swiftly shown that the home side meant business as shirokov rattled the woodwork from a tight angle after just four minutes. hulk chipped just over but the brazilian carved out an opening with a beautiful through ball on 26 minutes which shirokov calmly rolled past martin hansen.
the visitors found it hard to exert pressure and a second zenit goal always seemed likely. it arrived in the 50th minute as hulk drove in from the right flank before shooting across the goalkeeper and into the corner from the edge of the box. hulk's improvised cross then allowed danny to nod in 12 minutes later, and arshavin took advantage of some hesitant defending to slot in the fourth shortly after.
neto was dismissed for handling in his own area but nicolai stokholm struck the bar from the resulting spot-kick, and shirokov rubbed salt into danish wounds with a fifth goal for last season's russian league runners-up in injury time.
yardımcı hakemler: kristof meers (bel), frank bleyen (bel)
4. hakem: alexandre boucaut (bel)
zenit: yuri lodygin (gk), nicolas lombaerts, aleksandr bukharov (dk. 68 andrey arshavin), danny, luís neto, roman shirokov, konstantin zyryanov (c) (dk. 80 viktor fayzulin), aleksandr anyukov (dk. 52 anatoliy tymoshchuk), axel witsel, hulk, dzhamaldin khodzhaniyazov
yedekler: egor baburin (gk), aleksandr kerzhakov, aleksandar luković, vladimir bystrov
teknik direktör: luciano spalletti (ita)
nordsjælland: martin hansen (gk), michael jakobsen, anders christiansen, nicolai stokholm (c), martin vingaard, morten nordstrand (dk. 56 nicolai johannesen), jens stryger larsen (dk. 71 conor o'brien), ivan runje, mario tičinović, pascal gregor, oliver thychosen (dk. 38 emiliano hansen)
yedekler: jesper hansen (gk), lasse petry, andreas maxsø, mikkel jensen
teknik direktör: kasper hjulmand (den)
goller: 1-0 roman shirokov dk. 26 2-0 hulk dk. 50 3-0 danny dk. 62 4-0 andrey arshavin dk. 68 5-0 roman shirokov dk. 90+3
sarı kartlar: dk. 58 aleksandr bukharov (zenit) dk. 15 michael jakobsen, dk. 27 martin hansen (gk), dk. 51 anders christiansen (nordsjælland)