Zenit St Petersburg and Maccabi Tel Aviv played on the first day a memorable match against each other. The Russians returned to Israel from a 3-0 deficit and won 3-4. Thursday is the weather so spectacular?
Zenit St. Petersburg: Full loot
Zenit St Petersburg is one of the three teams in the Europa League already won four matches in the group stage – Schalke 04 and Shakhtar Donetsk are the other two teams who knew it ready to play. The last two victories Russians booked against the surprisingly strong operating Irish Dundalk FC. Both in Ireland and in Saint Petersburg Zenit won 2-1; sample scores came not. Three weeks ago, Zenit held the initiative, the right to peace was also the lead through a goal by Giuliano, but shortly after tea countered Dundalk after the equalizer. Again Giuliano gave the visitors a deserved renewed lead. In the end of the match the bar prevented the 2-2 of the Irish champion.
Coach Lucescu would be able to choose Thursday to spare players. After all, not only placing a security, nor the other three teams Zenit could expel him from first place, ahead of the number two is already eight points. In the first four games chose the Romanian coach sure to usually his strongest starting line, or something that strongly resembled, to start, but it would be the logic themselves if this is Thursday else. Zenith in the battle for the Russian title three points behind leader Spartak Moscow and next weekend followed by a tricky away game at Krasnodar.
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Opportunities for wintering
Maccabi Tel Aviv is disqualified along with Dundalk FC and AZ Alkmaar who along with the supreme Zenit goes to the sixteenth finals. Maccabi state after four games on four points with a win at AZ Alkmaar and a draw against the same team (0-0) on the previous matchday. The last game played by the team from Tel Aviv, the home match against Dundalk FC. A win over the Irish seems anyway a requirement for a place in the next round.
The “leg” between both teams was so spectacular. To everyone’s surprise Maccabi came on a 3-0 lead, which was then completely relinquished. Rikan left back did not put too much weight on that earlier game between the two teams. “It was certainly one of the strangest games ever, but we look not added back, it should have no impact on Thursday’s game. ‘ Rikan realized that it will be difficult in Russia for Maccabi. “We will have to work hard defensively to ensure that they can not attack the flanks. They are very strong at home, but we are ready for it, and I hope we come back with a smile on our face in Israel. ”