This has been a great season for Zenit St. Petersburg, who beat the Rangers today and claimed their first-ever European trophy as the UEFA Cup Champions. Earlier this season they were crowned the Russian champions as well. Two second half goals by Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyrianov were more than enough to give the team victory with a final score of 2-0. Zenit is the second Russian team to with the cup in the past four years (the other being CSKA Moscow in 2004.) The team was ardent after its win, which surprised many critics who expected them to lose after a few bad games recently.

In spite of the scrutiny, Manager Dick Advocaat pushed his side to play hard and it paid off. The end result left the thousands of Rangers’ fans at the stadium in a speechless state of sorrow. Rangers’ coach, Walter Smith, was disappointed to lose after such a great season, but he commended his players on their hard work nonetheless.

Zenit was able to win by having good control over the ball and a clutch attitude. The team was working very well as a unit, with some spectacular passes. The defense was organized and effectively shut down all scoring attempts by the Scottish team. Zenit stayed calm throughout the contest and hung in there until they finally got a score over 70 minutes into the game. It was shortly followed by their second goal, which basically put the game away.

The game was a great contest between the two teams and it really could have gone either way. Zenit just came out as the better team and an offensive revival gave them an edge over their opponents. And with that the Russians left with their first ever European Cup, and the Scots will have to wait one more year to try and get another one (their last was 36 years ago.)


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