Porto will have to settle for a place in Europe’s second-tier club competition after their Champions League campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat at the Group G winners Atlético Madrid on Wednesday while Zenit St. Petersburg advanced to the knockout stage despite slumping to a 4-1 defeat at already eliminated Austria Vienna on Wednesday.
Aleksandr Kerzhakov put Zenit ahead in the 35th and it looked like a routine win after that for the away side. But that was before Philipp Hosiner leveled in the closing seconds of the first half. To make it 1-1 going into half-time. Referee Aleksandar Stavrev of Macedonia interrupted the match for two minutes in the first half after firecrackers went off and fireworks were thrown from the Russian fan sector onto lower stands.
This was followed by a crazy self-imploding first 10 minutes into the side half by Zenit as Tomas Jun in the 48th, made it 2-1 in favor of the home side and three minutes later Hosiner made it 3-1.
It was a lack luster performance after that point on by Zenit and Roman Kienast in injury time gave Austria Vienna the win completing a 4-1 drubbing. This was the first for an Austrian team in the competition in almost 13 years.
In the other match, Porto needed to win at the Calderon against an in-form Atletico Madrid side but the Portuguese side’s luck deserted them as Josue had a penalty saved after Raúl García’s 14th-minute opener and four efforts bounced away off the frame of the goal during the match. Diego Costa made it 2-0 to Atlético in the 37th minute when he sped clear on to an Oliver Torres pass, rounded the Porto goalkeeper, Helton, and clipped the ball into the net.
Atlético have 16 points from six matches, with Zenit on seven, and Porto and Austria Vienna on five. Porto qualified for the Europa League ahead of the Austrian side due to a superior head-to-head record.
UEFA Champions League week 6: Group G
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