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Zenit salvage a 2-2 draw vs Malaga

St Petersburg: Zenit St Petersburg came back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw against Malaga in the Champions League on Wednesday to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the last 16 as the Spanish clinched top spot.

The Russian champions, beaten 3-0 by already-qualified Malaga in their Group C opener two months ago, conceded two goals in the space of two minutes early in the game to find themselves deep in trouble.

Diego Buonanotte opened the scoring in the eighth minute before Seba took advantage of an errant pass by Zenit ’keeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev to fire into an empty goal a minute later. Portugal winger Danny pulled one back for the home side four minutes after the restart as the Russians put the visitors under siege in the second half.

Alexander Kerzhakov wasted a great chance shortly after Danny scored when he hit the side of the goal from a tight angle after rounding the Malaga goalkeeper.

Substitute Viktor Faizulin finally struck an 86th minute equaliser but the Spaniards held on for a point to seal top spot in the group in their first Champions League campaign. (Reuters)