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Monday, 08 November 2010 01:07

Portuguese abroad: Danny, Moreira and Ferreira among the goals

Sunday goals round-up

Zenit Saint Petersburg can all but secure the Russian title in midweek, after Danny scored a crucial goal as the league leaders came from two goals down to win 5-2 at Sibir Novosibirsk this afternoon.

With both Bruno Alves and Danny in the starting line-up, the visiting Zenit side were stunned as Sibir scored twice in the opening six minutes through Ivan Nagibin and Bartlomiej Grzelak. However, Vladimir Bystrov and an own goal from Joseph-Reinette had Zenit level with less than fifteen minutes played as the game got off to a remarkable start.

The match remained level at 2-2 until just after the hour mark, when Portugal international Danny swung the contest in Zenit’s favour. The former Sporting man converted from close-range to put Zenit 3-2 up and score his 10th goal of the season in the Russian Premier League

Sergei Semak (63’) and Alexander Anyukov (67’) completed the turnaround and Zenit are now 9 points clear of CSKA Moscow and Rubin Kazan with just four games left. Zenit meet CSKA on Wednesday, and a vastly superior goal difference over both of their rivals means that all three points will all but guarantee the championship.

Serbian champions Partizan recovered from their midweek defeat to Braga by winning 3-0 at struggling BSK Borca. Almani Moreira scored the final goal in last minute, after Marko Scepovic and Radoslav Petrovic had put Partizan into a comfortable lead, as the champions maintain their 3-point lead over Belgrade rivals Red Star at the top of the table.

It was a clash between the top two in Switzerland as Luzern hosted Basel at Stadion Gersag looking for the victory that would take them back to the top of the Super League. It looked for a while as though Portuguese-born midfielder Nelson Ferreira had done enough to secure all three points, as his 63rd-minute strike had Luzern 1-0 up heading into the final minute.

The goal saw Ferreira move to the top of the league’s goalscoring charts, joining Alexander Frei on 8 goals. However, there was late disappointment for Luzern, as Federico Almerares struck at the death to earn Basel a 1-1 draw and keep them with a one-point advantage at the top.

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