You might not have noticed at the time, but last week was very special for Hulk. "How so?" one might wonder, given that the Brazilian didn't score in Zenit's triumphs, 2-1 over Gent in the Champions League and 3-0 over Rostov in Russian Premier League. What made it special is Hulk assisted all five of his team's goals, and he did so while showing a remarkable range of skills.
The Brazilian provided the deftest of touches with a beautiful cross that found the head of Artem Dzyuba, who put Zenit...
Oleg Shatov's second-half goal earned Zenit St Petersburg a 2-1 Champions League victory over Gent at the Petrovsky Stadium on Tuesday night to strengthen their position at the top of Group H.
Zenit began strongly in front of their home fans, but had to wait until the 35th minute to take the lead through Artem Dzyuba's close-range header.
Thomas Matton's fine 56th-minute volley drew Gent level before Shatov's cool finish 11 minutes later sealed all three points for the hosts.
Back-to-back wins from...
Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk said he blew kisses at supporters during Saturday's game at Spartak Moscow due to racist abuse from the stands.
Hulk, 29, complained earlier this summer that he experienced racism in "almost every game" in Russia and he said his gesture in the final moments of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Spartak was his way of dealing with the abuse.
"Unfortunately, there is still the same situation with racism from the stands," the Brazil international said on the club's official website.