(Sporting Alert) — Liverpool were beaten 2-0 at Zenit St Petersburg in their Europa League round of 32 first leg clash on Thursday evening.
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The English Premier League side fell to a very solid Zenit team, which got its goals from Hulk and Sergey Semak, who both netted in the second half.
The goals were three-minutes apart, with Hulk breaking the deadlock in the 69th and Semak sealed the win in the 72nd.
Liverpool will have it all to do in the second leg next at Anfield.
Manager Brendan Rodgers named a strong starting line-up that had included captain Steven Gerrard and striker Luis Suarez.
Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool
Zenit St Petersburg: Malafeev, Aniukov, Luis Neto, Lombaerts, Hubocan, Shirokov, Denisov, Witsel, Hulk, Kerzhakov, Danny
Subs: Zhevnov, Faitzulin, Rodic, Lukovic, Semak, Djordjevic, Evseev
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sterling
Subs: Jones, Coates, Lucas, Borini, Fernandez Saez, Shelvey, Wisdom
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)