Zenit drew away with Malmo (1: 1), thus securing a place in the European competition in the spring. The game could have ended differently, if not for the penalty in the last minutes of the match, which was implemented by Yaroslav Rakitskiy. The Swedes believe that the Latvian referee has put a very dubious penalty, and are looking for a connection between Latvia and Russia. MK-Sport will tell you what they write in Sweden after the match in Malmo.
Zenit with a creak secured a place in the European Cup spring. The St. Petersburg team yesterday drew with Malmo (1: 1) away and guaranteed itself the third place in the Champions League group, which gives the right to play in the Europa League. Sergei Semak’s team had to recoup the entire match, conceding in the first half, then Artem Dzyuba missed the penalty, but another penalty kick helped to save himself from defeat – Yaroslav Rakitskiy equalized the score in the last minutes of the meeting.
The Malmo footballers were disappointed: in their opinion (and not only), the “point” was dubious, right after the match the Zenit footballers admitted this. For example, defender Dejan Lovren believes that the game against Artem Dziuba in Malmo’s penalty area was clean.
“I agree with the Malmo players, it is wrong that a penalty was awarded. I was in a similar situation for Euro. I do not know how I, as a defender, to act in such a situation. You can’t jump with your hands down, you need to defend yourself. It was a good decision for us, but I think that the level of refereeing today was low. “
Malmö head coach Jon-Dahl Thomasson is furious. At a post-match press conference, the specialist, answering a question about a penalty, said that “New Year and Christmas came to Russia very early.” And the defender of the Swedish team Franz Brorsson noted that the judge from Latvia could have helped Zenit on purpose:
“For them, the judging was not unfair. It was easier for Zenit players to communicate in the Latvian team of referees. If a Dane or a Norwegian were judging, it would probably be easier for us to make friends with him. “
Malmo’s translator hastened to refute Brorsson’s words: “Historically, Latvians hate Russia, but apparently the referee of the match with Zenit did not know this.”
Swedish publications also do not hide their disappointment: headlines such as “A point with a bitter aftertaste”, “Nightmare for Malmö – a heavy loss of points”, “Malmö” excluded from the game after the drama from the penalty spot “flash on every website.
The fans of the Swedish club in social networks do not select words at all:
“They couldn’t defeat us. They needed all the help they could get from a corrupt system to at least earn a point. “
“Hello UEFA. How do you justify the choice of the referee for the match Malmo – Zenit? How does this choice come about? We all love football, please don’t kill this love with such injustice! “
“Referee Andris Treimanis did everything he could to destroy Malmo. The second penalty for Zenit was terrible – a corrupt referee! Congratulations to Gazprom.
“I wonder how much money the referee got for this penalty.”