NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Second-half goals from Gustavo Manduca and Ailton gave APOEL Nicosia a 2-1 win over Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday, the Cypriot side's first ever victory in the Champions League group stage.
Konstantin Zyryanov put Zenit ahead in the 63rd minute when he picked up a pass from Danny and shot low past APOEL goalkeeper Dionisis Chiotis.
The hosts were rewarded for their attacking play 10 minutes later when Manduca pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted the ball into the Zenit net.
The winner came two minutes later when Brazilian striker Ailton evaded the Zenit defense and his well-aimed shot in the far corner eluded goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev.
APOEL picked up three points in Group G, which also includes Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk.