Karpin's victory over Spartak, a sensational defeat for CSKA and three goals from a long distance: what is the memorable 23rd round of the RPL?
“Rostov” Valery Karpin for the second time this season won “Spartak” and reduced the backlog from the red-whites to the minimum. Petersburg “Zenit” sent five unanswered goals in the gates of an outsider, “Anji” and pulled away from the nearest pursuers for six points. CSKA sensationally lost to Orenburg at home, remaining ten men due to the removal of Mario Fernandez before the break. Lokomotiv and Krylya Sovetov midfielders, Alexei Miranchuk and Anton Zinkovsky, were noted for their beautiful long-range strikes, recording a goal for themselves. RT tells about the main events of the 23rd round of the RPL.
Samadov's injury and Zinkovsky's miracle goal
The next round of RPL opened the match between the teams from the second half of the standings. In Samara, the local "Wings of the Soviets" took "Ruby". The hosts approached this meeting with a disappointing series of three defeats in a row, and the guests did not win over the last four meetings. True, in games with “Enisey” and “Arsenal” they got points.
The first half was remembered by the numerous dangerous attacks of Samarans and the forced replacement of Alexander Samedov. Midfielder felt pain in the back of the thigh and was forced to leave the field. Rubin attempted to seize the initiative, but instead scored an own goal. This Anton Zinkovsky decided to strike from 27 meters and took the goalkeeper by surprise guests. The ball remained the only one. Wards Miodrag Bozovic interrupted their unsuccessful series and won the first month in a month in the RPL. The last time they beat Anji.
Tilly's unforgettable penalty shootout and the lose-lose Yenisei series
In Krasnoyarsk, the main outsider of the Yenisei RPL met with Ufa. The team of Dmitry Alenichev once again failed to succeed and extended his lose-lose series to eight games in a row. In total, they won two victories in the current championship - in the fifth round, the Wings of the Soviets were defeated, and in the 15th, Dynamo.
The Ufa team were close to scoring six points in two rounds and taking the victory home. In the seventh minute, the guests earned a penalty, but the heroic game of Yuri Nesterenko prevented them from distinguishing themselves. The goalkeeper of the “Yenisei” first parried the blow from the “point” performed by Olivier Till, and then coped with the finishing moves performed by the Luxembourger.
Removal of Merkulov and plenty of unrealized moments
“Arsenal” and “Ural” also failed to please the goals of 10 thousand fans gathered at the stadium in Tula. The hosts extended their unsuccessful series in a confrontation with the "Bumblebees" to five meetings. The last time the "gunners" beat their rivals in March 2017. Then the game match ended with a score of 2: 0, Federico Rasic scored a double, he is now in favor of Paphos in Cyprus.
In this case, the teams had a lot of moments to distinguish themselves. Particularly zealous were the hosts, who twice shook the frame of the opponent's goal. In the debut of the meeting, the ball hit the post after being hit by Luka Djordjevic, and in the end, Victor Alvarez tested the crossbar. The owners did not remain in debt either - Andrey Panyukov got into the right rack. At the very end of the match, “Ural” remained in the minority - Mikhail Merkulov shot down one-on-one with goalkeeper Zelimkhan Bakayev and earned a red card for the second time in his career.
The sensational defeat of CSKA and the removal of Fernandez
The match at the VEB Arena stadium began with a symbolic strike on the ball performed by Alyosha's robot, and ended with the fifth defeat of the hosts of the season. CSKA unexpectedly lost with a score of 2: 3, and for the first time in history, Vladimir Fedotov wards were beaten. In the three previous meetings, red and blue always sought victory, never allowing opponents to hit their gates.
At first, nothing foreshadowed trouble. Already in the debut of the meeting the hosts went ahead thanks to a curious goal played by Ivan Oblyakov. Midfielder CSKA noticed that the opponent's goalkeeper had come far out of the gate, and from 40 meters threw the ball to him by the collar. But within 10 minutes the guests twice forced to capitulate Igor Akinfeev. Distinguished Odessoy Oievole and Alexey Sutormin.
Just a minute later, the position of CSKA became extremely difficult. Mario Fernandez received a second yellow card and left the field. Being in the minority, the army team were able to level the score thanks to the excellent game of Abel Hernandez in finishing, but missed again in the 54th minute. George Despotovich received the ball at the left edge of the penalty area and performed a magnificent blow in strength and accuracy. The ball soared in the air and flew exactly into the distant nine of the gate Akinfeev.
Miranchuk's masterpiece and the pursuit of Lokomotiv medals
Wards Yuri Semin took advantage of the misfire of his direct competitor and bypassed him in the standings. On the road, Lokomotiv beat Akhmat and extended its unbeaten run to seven meetings. As for the internal confrontation, the last time Muscovites conceded Grozny residents in March 2016.
Since the end of the first half, the events on the field began to develop rapidly. Guests three times upset Evgeny Gorodova, while they themselves missed only once. Fyodor Smolov and Jefferson Farfan scored goals, and the Peruvian also recorded an assist at his own expense, and Alexey Miranchuk was the author of the most beautiful goal from the penalty area. The midfielder sent the ball exactly in the nine of the Akhmat goal with a shot from 28 meters. The hosts were able to respond only with a precise strike of Ravanelli.
A goal exchange in the end and an unassigned penalty
In Khimki, Dynamo and Krasnodar parted in a draw. More than 70 minutes the teams could not upset each other, but in the end exchanged balls. First, Yevgeny Markov brought the hosts ahead after a corner, and then Wanderson equalized using a bounce from the bar.
At the same time, in the time added by the arbiter, the Southerners had a few moments to snatch the victory, but did not realize them. After the game, the head coach of the team, Murad Musaev, called the penalty unassigned for the hand Roman Evgeniev at the beginning of the second half after the game.
From near football events, I remember the action of Dynamo fans who decorated the famous wall of Tsoi on the Arbat. The inscription on the wall repeats the line from the well-known song of the Kino group: “Our hearts demand change.”
Anniversary ball Driussi and Dupin saves
“Zenit” at home did not leave the slightest chance of fighting for the survival of “Anji”. Already by the tenth minute of St. Petersburg twice hit the opponent's gate. Serdar Azmun first scored the eighth goal for the blue-white-blue, and then helped to distinguish Branislav Ivanovich.
The wards of Sergei Semak could well bring the score to devastating, but goalkeeper Yury Dupin made some amazing saves. However, in the end Makhachkala residents still flew three more goals. The double managed to draw Sebastian Driussi, and the Argentine's first accurate hit was the 900th for the team in the RPL.
Karpin's second victory over Spartak in the season and the injury of Zé Luis
Finally, in the central match of the tour “Rostov” beat “Spartak” at home. Former red-and-whites mentor Valery Karpin managed to upset the former team, as well as a number of yellow-blue players who had previously defended the colors of the Moscow team.
Actually, one of them - Roman Eremenko performed an assist on Eldor Shomurodov in the moment with a decisive goal in the second half. And Alexander Gatskan opened the scoring, who at the beginning of his career also managed to play in the composition of “Spartak”.
For the “people's team,” the meeting as a whole was not very successful. The game “number one” was not given to the team of Oleg Kononov, and the red-and-whites suffered a deserved defeat. In addition, in the course of the first half, red and white due to injury lost Zé Luis, who was forced to leave the field in the first half.