Zenit St. Petersburg lost to Italian Lazio in the fourth round of the Champions League group stage and lost their chances of reaching the playoffs.
Group F meeting took place in Rome. The score was opened in the third minute of the match by the forward of the Italian team Ciro Immobile. Lazio midfielder scored 19 minutes later.
In the 25th minute, the only goal scored against the Italians infamous forward Artem Dzyuba. Then in the 55th minute Ciro Immobile scored a double from a penalty spot.
The match ended with the score 3: 1 in favor of the Roman club.
Dziuba broke the record of former Spartak Moscow midfielder Andrei Tikhonov for the number of goals scored by Russian footballers in the main round of the Champions League, and became the tournament’s top scorer among Russians. The 32-year-old has scored nine career goals in the main round of the Champions League.
Zenit, which has one point, takes the last place in the group. Lazio, with eight points, ended up in second position. Thus, the Russian team lost the chance to qualify for the playoffs of the tournament.
In the next round on December 2, the Petersburgers will play away with the Belgian Brugge, and Lazio will play against Borussia Dortmund.