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Zenit qualify for Europa League following draw with Malmo

MALMO, Sweden, Nov 23 (Reuters) – A final-gasp penalty by Yaroslav Rakitskiy earned 10-man Zenit St Petersburg a 1-1 draw at Malmo FF of their Champions League Group H conflict on Tuesday, guaranteeing that the Russians will play within the Europa League within the New Year.

Danish midfielder Soren Rieks netted Malmo’s first aim of the group stage within the twenty eighth minute, combining nicely with Veljko Birmancevic earlier than firing a shot low to the keeper’s left to provide his facet the lead.

Zenit missed a gilt-edged likelihood to equalise from the penalty spot early within the second half, and the guests additionally had Dmitri Chistyakov despatched off for a second yellow card within the 86th minute.

The drama was not over although and Rieks was adjudged to have fouled Artem Dzubya within the field in second-half stoppage time, with Rakitskiy making no mistake from the spot.

The outcome ensured Zenit, who’ve 4 factors, can not end decrease than third within the group behind Chelsea and Juventus, who each have 12 factors. Malmo have one level however misplaced away to Zenit and have a a lot poorer aim distinction.

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Reporting by Philip O’Connor, modifying by Pritha Sarkar

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Malmo FF v Zenit St Petersburg - Malmo New Stadium, Malmo, Sweden - November 23, 2021 Zenit St Petersburg coach Sergei Semak Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via REUTERS

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Malmo FF v Zenit St Petersburg - Malmo New Stadium, Malmo, Sweden - November 23, 2021 Zenit St Petersburg's Yaroslav Rakitskyy celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates    Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via REUTERS

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Malmo FF v Zenit St Petersburg - Malmo New Stadium, Malmo, Sweden - November 23, 2021 Zenit St Petersburg's Yaroslav Rakitskyy scores their first goal from the penalty spot   Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency via REUTERS

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