PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Aleksandr Kerzhakov scored five minutes from fulltime to give Zenit St. Petersburg a 1-0 win over 10-man FC Porto on Tuesday and its first victory in Champions League Group G.
Kerzhakov met a cross from Hulk to net the winner which lifted the Russian club into second place in the group with four points. Porto slipped to third, one point behind Zenit.
Atletico Madrid kept its grip on the group lead with a 3-0 result at Austria Vienna maintaining its winning run.
Zenit had lost four of its previous five away games and struggled to dominate a gutsy Porto team despite its numerical advantage, and the late goal was a cruel blow for the Portuguese team which twice hit the woodwork.
Porto held level for 80 minutes after Hector Herrera was shown his second yellow card only six minutes into his tournament debut.
The Mexican player brought down Hulk on the edge of the Porto area in the fourth minute and two minutes later ran out of the defensive wall too early to charge down Hulk's free kick, earning a second booking.
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