Atletico Madrid made winning a return in their first UEFA Champions League encounter for four years with a 3-1 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg at the Vicente Calderon.
Atletico had the stroke of luck they needed 25 minutes from time though as the ball ricocheted around the Zenit area and struck Arda Turan on its way into the net. Leo Baptistao sealed the three points with his first goal for the club ten minutes from time.
It was a familiar feeling for Zenit as the Russians were also beaten in Spain on matchday one last season by Malaga, but in truth they deserved little more from a disappointing display that only sparked into life for a brief spell after half-time.
Atletico were without their top-scorer so far this season in Diego Costa through suspension and the Brazilian's presence was missed in the opening period as the hosts failed to make the most of their dominance in possession. Turan and David Villa saw early efforts from range easily held by Juri Lodigin before Koke prodded wide from inside the area after good work by Mario Suarez.
Miranda opens scoring
Filipe Luis then came close from 25 yards with a shot that whistled just past the post, but Atletico's best option of scoring looked like it was going to be from a set-piece and so it proved as they opened the scoring six minutes from half-time when Miranda rose highest to nod home Koke's corner.
Koke nearly added a second moments later with a wonderfully curling effort from fully 30 yards that drifted just wide as Atletico finished the half strongly. However, it was roles reversed at the start of the second as after Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning save to turn Alexander Kerzhakov's header behind, Hulk fired an unstoppable effort past the Belgian from outside the area.
Hulk was desperately unlucky not to add a second to his tally moments later as he fired a free-kick off the crossbar. Yet, the game swung back in Atletico's favour on 64 minutes as Arda put the hosts back in front in bizarre fashion when a Zenit defender smashed a clearance off the Turk's shins and the ball rebounded into the net.
Lodigin then kept the Russians in the game with a fine save from Villa's free-kick, but Baptistao did make the game safe for Atletico with virtually his first touch after replacing Adrian Lopez as he collected Arda's pass and curled beautifully into the far corner.