In the first match «Zenit» beat «SKA-Khabarovsk» 2:0. It was the first official match of the St. Petersburg club under the guidance of Roberto Mancini.
«SKA-Khabarovsk»: Dovbnya, adieu, Putsko, Grishko, Cherevko (Savichev, 74), Balyaykin (Druzin, 90), Dedechko, Kazankov (Fedotov, 85), Koryan, Nikiforov, Lezcano
Zenit: Lunev, Smolnikov, Neto, I., Criscito, Shatov (Hernani, 90), Paredes, Giuliano (Driussi, 74), Erokhin (Kuziaev, 46), Kokorin, Dzyuba
The hosts played well, created a few dangerous chances, After the break proved to be higher-class guests.
8 minutes Koryan shot from 30 metres. The goalkeeper reached for the ball, which by his hand hit the crossbar.
On 13-th minute of the dangerous punched Paredes. Dovbnya parried the ball flying into the six. On 19 minutes, Paredes makes a long pass. Smolnikov from a good position missed the target. In the 27th minute, Kokorin made a great pass. The film was shot — the ball was near «nine».
In the 52nd minute Daler Kuzyaev has a shot from distance into the bottom corner 0:1.
A minute later the hosts could win. Koryan shot. Nikiforov struck. Lunev managed to reflect the ball. In the 70th minute Juan Lezcano in the penalty area beat a defender and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper. The ball hit the crossbar.
On 83 minutes should have Protel. The defender played poorly in their goalie. Alexander Kokorin put the ball in the net 0:2.