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Zenit hit back to avoid Dundalk upset

Dundalk's Daryl Horgan battles with Zenit's Giuliano

Dundalk conceded two goals in six minutes to slip to defeat against Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League group game in Dublin.

Robbie Benson's 52nd-minute goal suggested another famous Dundalk European win was on the cards.

But a poor clearance by Dundalk keeper Gabriel Sava gifted an equaliser to Robert Mak on 71 and Brazilian star Giuliano soon hit the winner

Sava saved an injury-time Mauricio penalty but Zenit had done enough.

Dundalk will look ruefully look back on a key moment in the 60th minute when Dane Massey headed a Daryl Horgan cross against the Zenit woodwork.

But 11 minutes later, the League of Ireland champions' keeper Sava totally miskicked a back-pass from Chris Shields which allowed Giuliano to set up Mak for a close-range finish.

Brilliant work by Belgian star Axel Witsel set up Giuliano's winner but Dundalk remain second in Group D after Maccabi Tel-Aviv earned a 2-1 away win over AZ Alkmaar.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Dundalk

  • 22Sava
  • 2Gannon
  • 3GartlandBooked at 90mins
  • 4Boyle
  • 14Massey
  • 18Benson