VIDEO: Benfica are furious after former Chelsea man helps set up controversial Zenit goal 4 years ago

VIDEO: Benfica are furious after former Chelsea man helps set up controversial Zenit goal

This is one of those goals which is bound to divide camps.

Zenit St Petersburg drew level with Benfica in their Champions League last 16 tie, but the involvement of former Chelsea full-back Yuri Zhirkov has drawn complaints from the Portuguese side.

Zhirkov appeared to body-check opponent Nélson Semedo before latching onto a loose ball, but referee Viktor Kassai allowed play to continue.

As you can probably guess, the Russian international made it to the by-line before sending in a pinpoint cross for Hulk to head home the equaliser.


While some are bound to suggest this sort of thing is fine in a contact sport, there were plenty rushing to Semedo's - and Benfica's - defence.

Fortunately for the Portuguese giants, Nicolas Gaitan responded 15 minutes later to put Benfica ahead in the tie.