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What. A. Rocket! Hulk (Zenit) vs Atlético Madrid

[Thursday, September 19, 2013 ]

Brazil striker Hulk scored an absolutely stunning goal despite Zenit Saint Petersburg started their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 defeat at Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk shoots to score the equaliser against Atlético Madrid
Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk shoots to score the equaliser against Atlético Madrid

Photo: Reuters

The home side went into the match having lost their only two previous European encounters at home to Russian oppositions.

Although they struggled to create chances, Atlético did eventually break the deadlock in the 40th minute when Miranda scored a header from a corner.

After the break, the hosts looked happy to defend their lead, letting their Russian opponents have the ball for long periods.

And they eventually paid for that when Hulk equalised on 58 minutes with a brilliant long-range strike.

Hulk played a lovely one two with Aleksandr Kerzhakov before running at the Atlético defence.

But with options either side of him, the 27-year-old opted to go it alone and smash an unstoppable drive past Thibaut Courtois and into the back of the net.

However, Arda Turan and substitute Léo Baptistão ensured that the Spanish side began Group G of the Champions League with a win.


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