Match Report: Zenit 0-2 RB Leipzig

By Sam Brady

VAR was involved as RB Leipzig were 2-0 victors over Zenit St. Petersburg with Diego Demme and Marcel Sabitzer on the scoresheet on Tuesday night. 

Leipzig took the lead right at the end of first-half stoppage time with Diego Demme’s strike from 20 yards out after the German side dominated most of the half. 

Julian Nagelsmann’s men doubled their advantage just past the hour mark with Marcel Sabitzer slotting past Mikhail Kerzhakov following a pass from Emil Forsberg. 

Leipzig thought they should’ve been one up earlier on in the game through Marcel Halstenberg’s effort just outside the box after 14 minutes but following a VAR review was disallowed by referee Orel Grinfeld due to a handball in the build-up by Christopher Nkunku. 

VAR was called into use for the second time in 15 minutes when Douglas Santos appeared to go down in the edge of the box, but the footage showed the Zenit man went down outside the box for a freekick. 

Zenit failed to find any real rhythm in the game and saw their best chance of the night saved when Sardar Azmoun’s strike was denied by Peter Gulacsi.  

With Zenit needing a result to keep their hopes of qualifying alive frustration showed when Artem Dzyuba clashed with Dayot Upamecano with the pair locking heads together but both escaping with just a yellow card. 

Zenit should’ve had a goal back on 86 minutes when Artem Dzyuba saw his shot blocked brilliantly by Nordi Mukiele. 

The result means Zenit will have to secure a result in their next match against Lyon in an already tight group G. As for Leipzig the result means they go onto nine points in the group which puts them top. 

Sub-edited by Tom Kelly

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