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Branislav Ivanovic makes history while playing for Zenit Saint Petersburg

Branislav Ivanovic was a steady if unspectacular presence in the nine years he spent at Chelsea.

Which is why if we told you he’d made history in Russia since signing for Zenit Saint Petersburg in February it might be slightly difficult to believe.

But we can prove it.



The 33-year-old became the first player to score in the Krestovsky Stadium which, to you and I, is known as the Zenit Arena.

Zenit were playing their first game in the new state of the art 70,000-capacity stadium which will be used in the 2018 World Cup.

Ivanovic, wearing the number 60 shirt, scored a header in the 86th minute to set Zenit on the way to a 2-0 win against Ural.



Yohan Mollo doubled the lead in the 92nd minute, by which point Ural already had three men sent off.

The win means Zenit are still in touch with Spartak Moscow at the top of the Russian Premier League.

Ivanovic won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup, a Community Shield, Champions League and Europa League during his time at Stamford Bridge.



The Zenit Arena will play host to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup featuring Russia, New Zealand, Cameroon, Australia and Portugal.

Now that is a tournament we’d pay to watch.

Okay, not really, but we’re all going to desperate for it when there’s no other football on during the summer.