UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid too strong for Zenit St Petersburg

It was a familiar feeling for Zenit as the Russians were also beaten in Spain on matchday one last season by Malaga, but in truth they deserved little more from a disappointing display that only sparked into life for a brief spell after half-time.

updated: September 19, 2013 09:33 IST
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Madrid: Atletico Madrid made a winning return in their first Champions League encounter for four years with a 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg at the Vicente Calderon.

Brazilian defender Miranda had headed the hosts into a deserved half-time lead, but Diego Simeone's men were pegged back at the start of the second period by a wonderful strike by Hulk.

Atletico had the stroke of luck they needed 25 minutes from time though as the ball ricocheted around the Zenit area and struck Arda Turan on its way into the net.

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