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Soccer: Spalletti sacked by Zenit St Petersburg

Italian coach pays for poor recent form

11 March, 16:36
Soccer: Spalletti sacked by Zenit St Petersburg (ANSA) - Moscow, March 11 - Russian side Zenit St Petersburg announced Tuesday that they have sacked their Italian coach Luciano Spalletti.

The 55-year-old led Zenit to two Russian league titles, a Russian Cup and a Russian Super Cup after taking over in 2009.

But the former AS Roma boss has paid the club's poor recent form.

They have won just one of their last 11 competitive matches, including a 4-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. The club have put former Russia and Zenit midfielder Sergei Semak in charge as caretaker coach.