Russian Champions Zenit out of Europa League

New Kerala
Friday 15th March, 2013

Moscow, March 15 : A missed penalty in the dying minutes cost FC Zenit St. Petersburg the chance to advance into the quarterfinals of the Europa League as they lost 1-2 on aggregate to Swiss FC Basel. Losing 0-2 in the first leg away, the Russian champions were in a strong position as Axel Witsel gave Zenit a 1-0 lead going into the break, and a red card for Basel’s Marcelo Diaz saw the Swiss team reduced to ten men for the second half, reports Xinhua.Zenit, however, were unable to break the visitors down. In a desperate, at times acrimonious final quarter of an hour, the home side piled on w…

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