Russia international striker ALEXANDER KERZHAKOV, who spent thirteen months in Spain with FC Sevilla before signing with FC Dynamo Moscow in February of 2008, celebrates the first of his three goals for FC Zenit St. Petersburg against RSC Anderlecht at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock in Brussels. (Getty Images)
UEFA Europa League
1 – RSC Anderlecht (BEL) —————— Juhasz 66′
3 – FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) —— Kerzhakov 8′, 33′, 44′
Three first half goals from Russia international striker ALEXANDER KERZHAKOV propelled visiting FC ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG to a comfortable 3-1 victory over RSC ANDERLECHT in the opening round of Group G play for the UEFA Europa League.
Anderlecht, who did pull a goal back through Hungary international defender ROLAND JUHASZ in the second half, would actually amass seventeen shots at goal for the whole of the contest but Belarus international YURI ZHEVNOV had a good game in goal for Zenit St. Petersburg with eight saves.
The match marked a homecoming of sorts for Zenit St. Petersburg defender NICOLAS LOMBAERTS; the 25-year-old with nine caps for Belgium has been plying his trade in Russia since leaving AA Gent in July of 2007.
RSC ANDERLECHT : Proto – Biglia, Bernardez, Juhasz, Deschacht, Rinic (Legear 46′) – Gillet, Polak – Boussoufa, Lukaku, Suarez
FC ZENIT ST. PETERSBURG : Zhevnov – Lukovic, Bruno Alves, Lombaerts, Semak – Denisov, Zyryanov, Shirokov (Fayzulin 36′) – Danny (Krizanac 90′), Kerzhakov (Ionov 79′), Lazovic