Zenit vs Molde (By: Frantik)
Zenit lost to Dinamo Minsk in an away match with a score of 4:0, and playing in the minority, showed character, scoring the necessary two goals to transfer the game to extra-time. In additional half an hour of the game Sergey Semak's wards conceded the first that obliged to hammer already twice. Zenit coped with this task, sending four goals into the opponent's goal before the final whistle.
In General, Zenit started the season very confidently - with three victories in the championship with a dry score. In the case of the confrontation in the Europa League could be underestimated opponent, but in the second match, "blue-white-blue" completely corrected the situation and rehabilitated in full. St. Petersburg club achieves good results at the start of the efforts of mainly Russian players-from the galaxy of Argentine Legionnaires place in the base has only Leandro Paredes, while Semak does not even try to use the rotation of the composition.
Molde had already passed three rounds of qualifying, but it seems that at the Zenith of their tournament path will end. Passed teams from Northern Ireland, Albania and Scotland — this is not the level that may indicate a willingness to impose a struggle experienced European fighter. And in the championship at Molde things are not the best way-to climb to fourth place allowed a series of five games without defeats, although during the season a stable performance once the leader of Norwegian football is no different.
Zenit will certainly take a lesson from the confrontation with Dynamo and will not bring the matter to such a situation, especially since it will be more difficult to get out of it, given the higher level of the opponent. The first home match is the best option to secure a comfortable handicap and make the match in Norway a formality. Zenit just need to play as they do in the championship-effectively in attack and reliably in defense. Moreover, when Artem Dzyuba, Oleg Shatov and other leaders of the team are in good shape. It is hard to believe that Molde will at least partially succeed in the feat of Dynamo, especially in the away meeting.
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