Own goal at the start of the second half and the Sochi debut ball
The next round of the RPL opened with a match between Orenburg and Sochi, in which the rivals failed to identify the winner. In the first half, the fans did not wait for goals, but in the second they saw two at once.
Before the team returned to the field, the defender of the elite rookie Nikita Kalugin unsuccessfully cut the ball into his own net after heading from the flank. Sochi managed to win back thanks to the decision of the judge to appoint a penalty for a push into the back of Anton Zabolotny. The eleven-meter was realized by Dmitry Poloz, and this goal was the first in the RPL for the team.
Thus, the wards of Alexander Tochilin tied for the third time in a row, and Orenburg scored only the second point of the season. While both teams continue to coexist in the relegation zone.
Successful departure of “Wings of the Soviets” and the negative series of “Ural”
In the first match of Saturday, “Wings of the Soviets” on the road unexpectedly beat “Ural”. The team from Samara lost four meetings in a row and was considered an outsider of the confrontation. However, in the middle of the first half, the guests managed to step forward thanks to the exact blow of Radu Ginsar, and subsequently successfully defended the minimal advantage.
The hosts did their best to recoup, but 20 minutes before the end remained in the minority after the removal of Roman Emelyanov and missed twice more. In the end, Alexander Sobolev came to the fore. To begin with, he scored the fifth goal of the season, beautifully throwing Yaroslav Godziur from outside the penalty area, and then made an assist to Dejan Radonych. Now on the account of the young striker there are seven points for performance in the RPL (5 + 2).
The only thing that Ural managed to do was to score a prestige ball in the time added by the referee. Fans of the team have something to be nervous about, because their favorites in the last four rounds scored only one point.
The quick goal of Krasnodar and the assist of Suleymanov
Confidently took three points and one of the representatives of Russia in the Champions League Krasnodar. After a difficult match with Porto, the southerners in Saransk examined the Ramb newcomer Tambov and won.
Helped the team a quick goal. Already in the second minute, the nominal guests fled into a counterattack, and Wanderson confidently realized one on one. At the same time, Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov, who again came out in the starting lineup, was noted as an assist in this situation.
And closer to the final whistle, another student of the Krasnodar club academy Daniil Utkin loudly declared himself. The midfielder appeared on the field for a substitution and almost the first touch sent the ball down to the far corner from outside the box.
Rigoni canceled goal and seventh minute removal
But the victory in the reporting round did not go to all the favorites. For example, the leading Zenit at home could not beat Akhmat. At the same time, Petersburgers spent most of the game in the majority after the removal of Rizvan Utsiev. The captain of Grozny received a direct red card for a foul of last hope, although the violation turned out to be quite controversial.
True, the hosts arose their questions to judge Alexei Matyunin. In particular, the “Zenith” were extremely dissatisfied with not counted due to the offside goal by Emiliano Rigoni at the beginning of the second half.
In general, both teams had dangerous moments, and Serdar Azmun, who, shortly before the break from a meter, managed to break into the goalkeeper, missed the most faithful tradition. Thus, the teams failed to score, and Zenit lost important points in the fight for the championship. It is not surprising that in the end the players lost their nerves, and in the penalty area the guests started a massive brawl, which almost turned into a fight.
Crossbar hits and a successful replacement for Sharonov
Rubin and Arsenal approached the full-time match in Kazan with different series. The hosts suffered two defeats in a row, and the Tula, on the contrary, scored two victories in a row and were determined to regain three points.
As a result, the meeting turned out to be equal with approximately the same number of dangerous moments. So, in the first half, the teams exchanged hits at the goal post. Zuriko Davitashvili struck the crossbar at Rubin, and Igor Gorbatenko hit the crosspiece at Arsenal.
As often happens in such games, everything was decided by a successful replacement. In the middle of the second half, Roman Sharonov released striker Evgeni Markov on the field, and a few minutes later the footballer scored. Moreover, the goal turned out to be beautiful: the hosts played an elegant combination in a strange free kick with a heel pass from Yevgeny Bashkirov. Arsenal failed to escape. Thus, Rubin caught up with the Gunners in the standings. Now both teams have 10 points each.
Sensation in Ufa and the double of Sly
Perhaps the most unexpected result of the tour was recorded in Bashkortostan, where Ufa, which had not started very well, inflicted the first defeat on Rostov, who was in the leader group, who could have won Zenit if they won.
"Evil genius" for wards Valery Karpin was Sylvester Igbun. Last season, the Nigerian scored nine goals at once in the RPL, but could not distinguish himself in the starting rounds of the new one. But in the game with the Rostovs, the attacker finally broke through and he drew a double. Shortly before the break, Igbun scrambled the ball past Sergei Pesyakov, who had rashly left the goal, and in the second half he dragged the ball into the box, turned under his left foot and shot right into the far corner.
Rostov also had dangerous moments, but luck to the team that day was clearly not concomitant. For example, guests twice hit the crossbar of the opponent’s goal. In a number of episodes of "Ufa" experienced Alexander Belenov saved.
Good day for the Miranchuk and Philip's incredible debut
The tour ended with two Moscow derby. In the first of these, Lokomotiv defeated Dynamo with great difficulty. The railroad began the game not too well and missed in the third minute. The eminent rookie of blue-white Maximilian Philip undertook to independently execute a free-kick on the left edge and unexpectedly twisted the ball into the near corner.
Loko succeeded in recouping thanks to the penalty kick, which the judge appointed for a foul of Vladimir Rykov on Grzegorz Kryhovyak. Realized the same eleven-meter Alexei Miranchuk, who scored the third goal in the current season.
And the victory in the end of the match was brought to the guests by Anton Miranchuk, although Alexey also took part in the effective combination. Anton, having played the wall with Rifat Zhemaletdinov, burst into the penalty area and calmly rolled the ball into the far corner. For him, this goal was the fifth in five meetings with Dynamo over his career.
However, the blue and white in recent years have been experiencing problems not only with Anton, but also with Lokomotiv in general, because the team’s unbeaten streak in fights with railway workers has already reached 11 matches. The last time Dynamo defeated an opponent back in 2013.
Smoke screen and incredible saves
The tour closed with a meeting between Spartak and CSKA, which became a real decoration of the first part of the season. The teams demonstrated a bright and emotional football.
At the same time, the times were very different. CSKA owned the first advantage. CSKA could well open an account, but did not realize their moments. In particular, twice after the shots of Fedor Chalov at point-blank range of red and white, Alexander Maksimenko rescued.
But after the break, the initiative passed to Spartak, and soon the red and white managed to score during the counterattack. The pitch of the eminent newcomer Andre Schürrle was converted into a goal by Samuel Gigot, who ran into a strange penalty area.
True, CSKA managed to recoup after ten minutes. CSKA took advantage of the loss of an opponent in midfield and carried out a lightning attack, which Mario Fernandez crowned with an accurate blow from outside the penalty area.
Then, because of the lit fires, the field literally became clouded with smoke, and the judge had to suspend the match. When the derby resumed, Gigot scored the second goal and brought Spartak a victory. It is noteworthy that for the French defender, this double was the first in his career.