Andre Villas-Boas upbeat over Zenit St Petersburg last-16 hopes

Leverkusen's Italian defender Giulio Donati and Zenit's Italian defender Domenico Criscito vie for the ball during the first leg UEFA Champions League Group C football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Zenit St Petersburg, in Leverkusen, western Germany on
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Andre Villa-Boas remains confident that his Zenit St Petersburg side can qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Zenit St Petersburg coach Andre Villas-Boas has insisted that qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League is still possible despite Wednesday's setback against Bayer Leverkusen.

Villas-Boas's side went down 2-0 at the BayArena in a defeat that leaves the Russians third in Group C, two points behind the Bundesliga outfit.

They also sit a point behind second-placed AS Monaco, but the Portuguese claims that his troops can turn it around and has earmarked revenge over the Germans in Russia on November 4.

"The group is developing exactly as we expected," he told the club's official website.

"It is still possible, and in the second leg, we must do everything to come back and continue the struggle for qualification.

"We must pay tribute to Bayer, who attacked more and deprived us of the ball."

Second-half goals from Guilio Donati and Kyriakos Papadopoulos condemned Zenit to defeat in Germany, which ended a 12-game unbeaten in all competitions.

Leverkusen's Italian defender Giulio Donati and Zenit's Italian defender Domenico Criscito vie for the ball during the first leg UEFA Champions League Group C football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Zenit St Petersburg, in Leverkusen, western Germany on
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