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Malcom shines against Malmoe

Qualifying for the round of 16 in a group that includes Chelsea and Juventus is difficult, but Zenit have given at least a giant pass to continue their European career this season, even if it is via the Europa League. The victory against Malmoe (4-0) maintains their hopes of getting into the next round but, above all, sinks the Swedish team to the bottom of the table and leaving the feeling that he has very little chance of adding something positive in this group stage, which is going to take a long time.

Malcom was the man of the match. It did not work at Barcelona, ​​but at Zenit it is more curdled than a pre-made omelette. He feels like the king of the team, able to move wherever he wants and try whatever he wants. And like almost all Brazilians, he feels more comfortable when he plays surrounded by his compatriots, especially in Russia where it is very cold. In fact, the first goal was born from a Brazilian connection. The former Barça player drove the ball through the front of the area, stepped on it, left a couple of rivals and enabled winger Douglas Costa to put a death pass to Claudinho, who only had to push the ball to the net.

With the score in favor, Zenit took a step back and gave the initiative to Malmoe, who has really little, and in turn isolated Dzyuba upstairs to make the gigantic Moscow striker a target to send balls to. Against this background, the Russians were even more dangerous: with no problems behind and with plenty of room to run ahead. Kuzyayev scored 2-0 after a ‘charlotte’ play by Rakitsky. The center-back, who had gone up to finish off a corner, found the ball at his feet and began to improvise dribbles in the area. He staggered alone and fell to the grass but managed to get up to assist his teammate, who finished headfirst.

The party was definitively sentenced after the expulsion of Ahmedhozic, that he was first admonished for preventing Malcolm from standing alone in front of the goal with his hand but that he ended up seeing the red after the VAR rectified the referee for being the last man. Sutormin made it 3-0 with a whiplash from afar in which he was able to settle the ball and shoot calmly before the passivity of the Swedish defense and Wendel, in the discount, completed the win.

Changes

Olsson (54 ‘, Rakip), Sergio Pena (61 ‘, Innocent Bonke), Malik Abubakari (62 ‘, Antonio-Mirko Colak), Alexandr Erokhin (74 ‘, Claudinho), Azmoun (75 ‘, Kuzyaev), Kirill Kravtsov (83 ‘, Alex Sutormin), Mostovoy (83 ‘, Dzyuba), Danil Krugovoi (83 ‘, Douglas Santos), Noah eile (87 ‘, Franz Brorsson), Adi Nalic (87 ‘, Veljko Birmancevic)

Goals

1-0, 8 ‘: Claudinho, 2-0, 48 ‘: Kuzyaev, 3-0, 79 ‘: Alex Sutormin, 4-0, 93 ‘: Wendel

Cards

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos
VAR Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
Rakip (29 ‘, Yellow) Anel Ahmedhodzic (52 ‘, Red) Franz brorsson (85 ‘, Yellow

Classification

Group H

PT

Pj

PG

PE

PP

1 6 2 2 0 0
2 3 2 1 0 1
3 3 2 1 0 1
4 0 2 0 0 2

Group H

PT

Pj

PG

PE

PP

1 6 2 2 0 0
2 3 2 1 0 1
3 3 2 1 0 1
4 0 2 0 0 2

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