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Zenit and Porto claim impressive away wins

Zenit St Petersburg and Porto took the advantage in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying ties as they both claimed away wins on Wednesday night.

Zenit overcame Belgian side Standard Liege 1-0 at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne thanks to Oleg Shatov's 16th-minute score while Porto defeated Lille by the same scoreline in France as a result of Hector Herrera's 61st minute goal.

AaB also drew 1-1 against Apoel Nicosia after Nicolaj Thomsen's 16th-minute goal was cancelled out by Franco Vinicius early in the second half.

Slovan Bratislava and BATE were also tied after the first leg, although BATE had the away goal advantage thanks to Tomas Jablonsky's 44th-minute own goal, with substitute Robert Vittek keeping Slovan in the tie with an 80th-minute leveller.


AVB's Zenit overturn Champions League deficit

Zenit St Petersburg overturned a one-goal deficit to come through 3-1 on aggregate against AEL Limassol in their UEFA Champions League third round qualifying match on Wednesday night.

After trailing 1-0 after the opening tie, Russian side Zenit claimed a 3-0 win at Stadion Petrovskij thanks to goals by Jose Salomon Rondon, Danny and Alexander Kerzhakov.

AVB wants to win Russian league

Andre Villas-Boas has set his sights on adding the Russian championship to his CV after taking charge of Zenit St Petersburg on a two-year contract.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager has formally replaced long-serving Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti the day after the club were eliminated from the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund.

The first step is to win the Russian league. That's the main thing now.

If we win all nine matches, Zenit will be champion. My goal is to bring Zenit to the top. That's what I want to do.

– New Zenit boss Villas-Boas


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