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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

UEFA Cup Final: Zenit St. Petersburg 2 x Rangers Glasgow 0: Спасибо, Зенит. Добры Молодцы!

Tonight in Manchester, Zenit St. Petersburg brought back glory to Russian football.

With second half goals by Igor Desinov and Konstantin Zyryanov, Zenit defeated Rangers for the UEFA Cup. Before this game, Rangers had not conceded a goal in over 8 hours of play. Despite a massive "home" field advantage for the Scots, Zenit, who defeated heavily favored Bayern Munich, 4 x 0, to arrive at this final, took the play to Rangers from the opening whistle.
The statistics do not lie:

17 shots on goal (10 on target) for Zenit, and only 7 (3 on target) for Rangers.
Corner kicks were 9 to 2 for Zenit.
In recent years, this competition has lost some of its luster; however, Zenit is a worthy winner, and a great proponent of attacking football.

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