Austria Vienna coach Nenad Bjelica admitted that Axel Witsel’s sending off helped his side claim a 0-0 draw with Zenit St Petersburg.
The Austrian champions picked up a valuable point in the UEFA Champions League Group G encounter.
However, Zenit could count themselves unlucky after a first half in which Hulk hit the post and had another effort beaten away by Heinz Lindner.
The Russians’ hopes were hit just before half-time when Witsel was shown a harsh red card for a sliding challenge on Florian Mader.
And while Bjelica felt that his side were good value for a point, he conceded that their task was made easier by the red-card decision.
“Our performance was good even before Zenit had a player sent off,” he said.
“It clearly got a bit easier for us after that. We were allowed more room in which to operate and started to create chances of our own.
“Unfortunately, we lacked the final pass on a few occasions and we didn’t take advantage of our chances. Our defensive performance was solid though. In the end a 0-0 draw is a fair result.
“The game was fairly balanced and it was obvious that Zenit have a fantastic team. In Hulk and Danny they have players who caused a lot of problems for us. We got lucky on a few occasions.”