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A late goal scored Zenit, Real Sociedad took Vardar again

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Alexander Kokorin`s hit in the 93rd minute brought Zenit`s 1: 1 draw to the Rosenborg match in a L League meeting of the Europa League and secured the Russian Grand Prix at the 1/16-finals. Roberto Mancini`s team collected 10 points and could not fail to finish in one of the first two places and the Norwegians almost forfeited their chances of moving forward because they lagged with 5 points from Real Sociedad, who defeated Vardar (Skopje) with 3: 0 in the other match of the group.

At Loderndal in Trondheim, Rosenborg needed a compulsory victory against Zenith and was very close to achieving it. The first half was equivalent, and at the beginning of the second Miha Mevliea committed a violation in the penal field and the referee Serdar Gozyubyuk pointed to the white point. Behind the ball came the Norwegian star Niklas Bendtner, who opened the score. Zenith`s pressure followed, and the pitery hit. At the very end of the added time, however, Emiliano Rigoni`s right-wing centering reached Kokorin and the Russian national straightened the net. This goal qualifies the team from St. Petersburg ahead, because his lead in front of Rosenborg is 6 points, and Zenith has an advantage in direct fights. Real Sociedad had no problems with Vardar. Two weeks ago, the Basques broke the Macedonian champion 6-0 in Skopje, and today they scored `only` three goals for Annette. Huani in the 31st minute scored the first goal and in the middle of the second half Alberto de la Baya scored a magnificent shot at the diagonal. The point of the dispute was Ion Bautista in the 81st minute. Real Sociedad already has 9 points and can secure a ranking for eliminations even with a draw in the visit of Rosenborg.


1: 0 Huami (31)

2: 0 De la Beia (69)


1. Zenith 10 points

2. Real Sociedad 9 points

3. Rosenborg 4 points

4. Vardar 0 points

Next matches by contacts with rugby predictions (November 23):

Rosenborg - Real Sociedad

Zenith - Vardar

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