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Zenit beats Dinamo Minsk 8-1 in UEFA Europa League qualification round

Thursday’s match was played without spectators
Zenit footballers Pyotr Kovalyov/TASS
Zenit footballers
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ST. PETERSBURG, August 16. /TASS/. Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg beat Dinamo Minsk 8-1 and advanced to the knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League qualification round at St. Petersburg’s Petrovsky Stadium on Thursday evening.

The goals were scored by Zenit’s Leandro Paredes (22’), Christian Noboa (66’), Artem Dzyuba (75’, 78’, 115’(penalty)), Sebastian Driussi (108’) and Robert Mak (120+1 (penalty), 120+3). Seidu Yahaya scored for Dinamo Minsk (99').

Leandro Paredes and Maksim Shvyatsow received red cards and were sent off 72 and 120 minutes into the game, respectively.

Thursday’s match was played without spectators as Zenit was penalized by UEFA for the misconduct of its fans during the Round of 16 Europa League game against Germany’s Leipzig in March. During the game, fans threw flares onto the field, chanted racist slogans and blocked staircases of the stadium. Apart from accredited journalists and officials, the game at the Petrovsky Stadium was attended by about 200 fans from Minsk.

Zenit has become the second team in the history of UEFA tournaments, which managed to advance into the next round after losing their first game 0:4. The other such comeback was made by Spain’s Barcelona in the 2017/2017 UEFA Champions League.

In its next games, St. Petersburg will face Norway’s Molde on August 23 and 30. The winner will advance to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.