Tuesday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. ET at Farum Park
Both Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Nordsjaelland made the group stages of the Champions League last year but were eliminated before they could go any further. Now they meet in the second round of qualifying for the 2013-14 Champions League, desperate to make amends for last year's heartbreak. Zenit will be the favorites to progress given their superior squad, but don't rule out the home side all together. After all, they did manage to score against Juventus, Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk at home.
9. In the Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and Russian Premier League combined, Zenit St. Petersburg won just nine road games all year.
Zenit will be favorites for this one—and rightly so—but don't rule out Nordsjaelland here. Their fans will be desperate for Champions League action once more, and having drawn with Juventus at Farum Park last year, Nordsjaelland are certainly capable of putting up a good fight in this one. I think Zenit will sneak through thanks to a late goal but, with a close aggregate, will still have a good fight on their hands for the second leg if they want to keep their Champions League dream alive this year.
Final score: FC Nordsjaelland 1, Zenit St. Petersburg 2
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