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The first match of the knockout stages of the Europa League between “Zenith” and “red Star” ended in a home victory for the Russian club with the score 3:2. The return leg will take place on August 24 in the capital of Serbia.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Serbian newcomer Mihailo Ristic, summer bought “red Star”, came with the ball to the opposition penalty area and struck a crisp shot. Goalkeeper Milan Boryan hit the ball in front of him, and 18-year-old graduate of the Academy of FC Krasnodar Ivan Ignatiev freely scored from close range .