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Violence mars Uefa final

Published: Wednesday, 14 May 2008, 10:12PM

Zenit St Petersburg have won their first Uefa Cup when Igor Denisov and Konstantin Zyrianov's second-half goals gave the Russian side a 2-0 win over Rangers.

However, much of the action went on outside the City of Manchester stadium when thousands of fans were left angry when the screen meant to be showing the game in the Piccadilly Garden fan zone failed to work.

A Russian fan was stabbed outside the City of Manchester football stadium, police said.

Greater Manchester Police said the fan suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack outside the stadium.

Six men, believed to be Rangers fans, have been arrested for a serious assault, according to police.

Disgruntled supporters streamed away from the zone in search of somewhere else to watch the match after having waited all day to see it.

Riot police had to be deployed around Piccadilly Gardens after Rangers fans began throwing bottles and cans at them.

Riot officers hit several of the fans with their batons, and then backed off.

Gary Maitland, 22, from the Castlemilk area of Glasgow, said: "I'm outraged. I waited there for about five hours. We spent a lot of money to come down from Glasgow.

"What are we gonna do now?"

Rangers fans would not have been any happier with what happened inside the stadium.

Midfielder Denisov broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute after playmaker Andrei Arshavin slipped the ball neatly through for him to calmly shoot past goalkeeper Neil Alexander and Zyrianov added their second goal in stoppage time.

Zenit created most of the chances at the City of Manchester stadium, with the Scottish side content to soak up pressure.

Rangers could have made more of a scramble in the box early in the second half after Zenit keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev fumbled a Jean-Claude Darcheville shot.

Rangers, appearing in their first European final since lifting the Cup Winners' Cup in 1972, desperately sought an equaliser but Zenit kept up the pressure and Zyrianov made sure of the victory by finishing a fine move from close range.

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