Troop power in the scorers race, Sochi scoring drought and four deletions: what did RPL 5th remember
Forwards Artyom Dziuba and Eldor Shomurodov caught up with Alexander Sobolev in the scorer race, at the same time bringing victory to his teams. Sochi in the fifth match in a row was unable to open an account for goals scored in the RPL, but managed to restrain CSKA on the road. The victory for Spartak against Akhmat was the fourth in a weekend in which the player was removed from the field. RT talks about the most interesting events of the fifth round of the RPL.
The incredible salvation of “Orenburg” and a take after a substitution
The fifth round of the top division of the Russian football championship opened with the match “Orenburg” and “Tambov”. Wards of Vladimir Fedotov, who suffered four defeats in a row at the start, were finally determined to score the first points in a meeting with the RPL newcomer.
However, in reality, the Orenburg team almost lost again. In the first half, the hosts, although they had the advantage, missed after a corner. And after the break, the guests had a good counterattack and doubled the lead.
It seemed that Orenburg would extend the unsuccessful series, but everything changed the way forward for the young striker Joel Fameye. In just five minutes, he scored twice and regained equality on the scoreboard. At the same time, the Ghanaian may have scored the second goal from a small offside.
In the end, the hosts already stormed the opponent’s goal, especially since Tambov was in the minority after Valery Chuperka received a second yellow card. However, Orenburg failed to snatch victory - the match ended in a productive draw.
Goal Dziuba and injury Shunina
In one of the central matches of the tour in Moscow, Dynamo and Zenit met. Blue and white in their own reconstructed stadium were determined to take away points from the leader, but suffered a logical defeat.
In many ways, the course of the game predetermined the goal of Artyom Dziuba already in the tenth minute. After the transfer of Serdar Azmun, the captain of the Russian national team burst into the penalty area and calmly shot on target past Anton Shunin. Moreover, the goalkeeper himself in this situation was injured and was forced to give way to the debutant Igor Leshchuk on the field. And Dziuba himself with 105 goals entered the top five RPL scorers in history.
Having missed, Dynamo tried to recoup, but they, as in previous matches, clearly lacked the last pass. There were practically no moments at the gates of Andrei Lunev.
In the second half, Zenit also had an advantage and could repeatedly double the advantage in the long run. Only Azmun missed a couple of hundred percent moments. Blue and white started to answer only closer to the final whistle, when Arthur Yusupov received a red card.
At the end of the meeting, the St. Petersburg team still scored the second goal. This time Dziuba made an assist and helped distinguish Magomed Ozdoev. Thus, Artyom’s account in the RPL already has seven points for performance - four goals and three assists.
Goalkeeper Gross Error and Namli Removal
No less fundamental match took place in the south of Russia, where Krasnodar, after losing to Porto, received the Rubin, which started the season perfectly. As a result, the Southerners managed to win an extremely important victory with a minimum score. Moreover, they scored the only goal already in the 17th minute after Yuri Dupin’s gross mistake. The goalkeeper brought the ball exactly to Remy Cabella, and he made an assist on Ivan Ignatiev, who was in the starting lineup. The young striker chalked up his third goal of the current RPL season.
In the future, “Krasnodar” continued to possess the advantage, but judge Lapochkin decided to revive the intrigue in the confrontation, who at the end of the first half removed from Younes Namli for two dangerous fouls.
Most of the “Rubin” after the break managed to seize the initiative, but Matvey Safonov acted above all praises, who made several spectacular saves. However, in the end the hosts themselves could have scored, but the traditionally replacing Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov struck the crossbar. Nevertheless, before the return match with Porto, wards of Murad Musaev scored the necessary three points in the championship.
Curious goal and miss on an empty net
The Sunday program of the 5th round opened with the confrontation between Arsenal and Ufa in Tula. The match was held with a slight advantage to the hosts, but a successful rebound helped them win. At the end of the first half, Victor Alvarez decided to take a long shot, the ball hit the head of Jonuts Nedelcharu and disoriented Alexander Belenov. For the Spaniard, this goal was the first in the “Gunners”.
It is curious that almost immediately “Ufa” managed to score a similar goal, but the judge rightly canceled the goal because of an offside position.
In the second half, the guests tried to escape, but Arsenal had more chances to increase the advantage in the long run. So, shortly before the final whistle, Lamek Banda, who replaced him, beat Alexander Belenov, but did not get into the empty net.
However, this did not prevent the Tula from winning a second consecutive victory in the RPL. After relegation from the qualifying round of the Europa League, Igor Cherevchenko’s wards do not lose points. But Ufa extended its unbeaten run in away matches of the Russian Championship to 21 matches. The last time visiting Bashkortostans won in March 2018.
Four unanswered goals and a fantastic kick Kryhovyak
The only defeat of the tour took place in the match between Lokomotiv and Ural. “Railwaymen” in Cherkizovo, to the delight of their fans, caught courage and did not leave an opponent any chance. Wards of Yuri Semin had a huge number of points, although they themselves could have missed.
For guests, everything turned out according to the worst-case scenario. By the middle of the first half, they missed twice (Fedor Smolov and Rifat Zhemaletdinov scored goals) and were forced to go forward and open, which the vice champion used with pleasure.
Closer to the final whistle, the hosts brought the score to indecent. First, Grzegorz Kryhovyak succeeded in a stunning blow to the very top nine from outside the penalty area, and then Alexei Miranchuk, breaking into the penalty area, rolled the ball into the far corner from a rather sharp angle - 4: 0. Lokomotiv won the third victory in the last four matches of the RPL.
Chalov’s blood and Tochilin’s “fortress”
CSKA failed to repeat the success of the “railroad”. CSKA at home were unable to print the gates of the Sochi Premier League rookie. The wards of Alexander Tochilin from the first minutes went into the wilderness defense, and in the second half they played at all.
Wards of Viktor Goncharenko managed to break open the rich defensive “fortress” of the opponent with difficulty, and only in the end with the entrance to the field Yaki Biyola in a couple to Fedor Chalov at the gates of Soslan Dzhanaev began to arise.
Toward the close of the match, referee Vitaly Meshkov could well have sent a penalty kick into the goal of the guests after Ivan Miladinovich hit with an elbow in Chalov’s nose, but didn’t even whistle, although the striker’s face literally blew blood.
Removal after a goal and a double of Bakaev
In turn, the principal rival of CSKA Spartak won a beautiful away victory over Akhmat ahead of the derby. No less important for the fans was the fact that a significant contribution to the success was made by all three newcomers to the team - Andre Schurrle, Jordan Larsson and Guus Thiel.
However, the main character of the meeting was again Zelimkhan Bakaev. In Switzerland, two of his accurate shots helped beat the Thun with red and white, and in Grozny he again scored doubles. Moreover, it took the midfielder less than 15 minutes. At first he realized a one-on-one exit, and then, having beaten the defender, he beautifully struck into the far corner.
In the second half, “point” in the confrontation put Andre Schurrle, who scored his debut goal in the “Spartacus”. I didn’t leave the field without points for the effectiveness and Til. The Dutchman gave two assists.
“Akhmat” managed to score the prestige ball, and the author of the goal, Ablai Mbenege, was removed from the field a minute after this joyful event. The forward managed to get two yellow cards in a row: one for a skirmish with Georgy Jikia immediately after an accurate hit, and the second for a kick to the defender. By the way, George himself had to change after that. And this is the only fly in the ointment for Oleg Kononov on the eve of the capital's derby.
The fourth goal of Shomurodov and the second place of “Rostov”
The fifth round ended in Rostov-on-Don, where the local team, which had not lost a single match, had a chance to take second place, beating the whole group of four clubs with 10 points each. “Wings of the Soviets”, led by former Rostov mentor Miodrag Bozhovich, came to visit the wards of Valery Karpin.
This match also became a kind of duel of the two main discoveries of this season - forwards Eldor Shomurodov and Alexander Sobolev. After the game, Turkish media reported that there were scouts in the stands who evaluated both players for Galatasaray.
Surely they were more impressed by the game of the Uzbek striker. At the 33rd minute, he closed the pass from Alexei Ionov, who had previously broken through the left flank. This goal, which allowed Shomurodov to join Dziuba and Sobolev at the top of the scorers' race (four years each), was the only one and brought Rostov another victory. “Wings” lost for the fourth time in a row - after defeating CSKA, they did not score a single point.