Slimani leads Fenerbache to first-leg win
Posted: 12 February 2019 Time: 09:47 pm
Turkish outfit Fenerbahce edged Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in their UEFA Europa League first-leg last 32 clash in Turkey on Tuesday.
After a quiet opening, Fenerbahce took the lead on 21 minutes when Algeria international Islam Slimani thumped home from six-yards following a corner.
The Turks almost doubled their lead later on, but Elijif Elmas’s shot from the edge of the area was kept out by Andrey Lunev
Zenit amplified their stall after falling behind and were given a chance to pull level from the spot following a foul on Sebastian Driussi. However, the penalty kick was saved as Robert Mak failed to beat Harun Tekin just before the break.
Early in the second half, Slimani missed an opportunity to double his tally when he failed to make the most of an cross from Hasan Ali Kaldirim.
Zenit probed for the equaliser and Driussi looked to make amends for his penalty miss, but he headed wide from the centre of the box on 51 minutes.
A little later, Yaroslav Rakitskiy was the latest figure to threaten the leveller but his right-footed strike off a corner sailed wide.
Looking to shore up the result, Fenerbahce pulled introduced their first substitution in the final minutes, with Andrew Ayew taking the spot of Elmas.
The Russians though pressed for the away goal, and Artem Dzyuba’s close-range from goal flashed narrowly wide, as the Turks hung on for the slender win.