Football: Atletico too strong for Zenit St Petersburg
MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid made a winning return in their first Champions League encounter for four years with a 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg at the Vicente Calderon.
Brazilian defender Miranda had headed the hosts into a deserved half-time lead, but Diego Simeone's men were pegged back at the start of the second period by a wonderful strike by Hulk.
Atletico had the stroke of luck they needed 25 minutes from time though as the ball ricocheted around the Zenit area and struck Arda Turan on its way into the net.
Leo Baptistao sealed the three points with his first goal for the club 10 minutes from time.