Zenit closes in on Champions League with big win (The Associated Press)

Shakhter's Andrei Poryvaev, left, and Andrei Finonchenko, right, fight for the ball with Celtic's Giorgos Samaras, center, during their Champions League playoff first leg soccer match in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexei Filippov)

LONDON (AP) — Roman Shirokov scored a hat trick Tuesday to put Zenit St. Petersburg on the brink of the Champions League group stage, while former European champions AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven are locked at 1-1 in their playoff.


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