Miranchuk productive series and Guillerme injury
In the first match of the 25th round, Lokomotiv, the runner-up, and the Krylia Sovetov, standings at that time, met. Despite the obvious difference in class, the guests who conducted the first game under the leadership of the new head coach Andrei Talalaev fought the favorite and almost took away three points from Moscow.
“Wings” came forward already in the 14th minute. The Samarians carried out an ideal counterattack, and Dejan Radonic, after an unsuccessful attempt to intercept Solomon Querkvelia, asked Marinato Guillerme.
And in the 33rd minute, the railroad workers were left without Guilherme, who was injured. Instead, Anton Kochenkov appeared on the field. This was not the last damage in this match. As part of the Wings, defenders Mehdi Zeffan and Taras Burlak later asked for a replacement.
At the beginning of the second half, Lokomotiv remained in the minority. The second yellow card was received by Vladislav Ignatiev. Closer to the final whistle, two “mustard plasters” in three minutes earned a substitute midfielder guests Safa Hadi. In general, Judge Alexei Sukhoi showed 12 yellow cards, two of which turned into red.
As a result, the railroad left the defeat in the fifth minute added. Aleksey Miranchuk pushed the ball into the net with his shoulder and scored a fourth goal after the resumption of the season. Moreover, for the first time in his career he distinguished himself in three RPL games in a row.
CSKA victory in derby and Vlasic take
In the main match of the round, Moscow CSKA and Spartak met. Red and white were considered the favorites, since after the resumption of the season they scored four points in two matches, while the army team - only one. In addition, the red-blue for a while were left without Viktor Goncharenko, who left for his homeland after a devastating defeat from Zenit (0: 4).
But the return of the coach was more than successful. CSKA won the first victory in the RPL in seven months and took revenge from a principal rival for the relegation from the Russian Cup and the defeat in the first round.
The main character of the confrontation was the Croatian midfielder of the hosts Nikola Vlašić, who designed the second double in red and blue uniform. Earlier, he twice upset Krasnodar in September 2019.
At Spartak, they were unsatisfied with the refereeing. At the very beginning of the match, the referee Aleksey Eskov, after watching the replay, did not appoint a penalty to the hosts after a fall in a strange free kick by Roman Zobnin. And 20 minutes before the final whistle, he removed the midfielder for a blow to the face of Ivan Oblyakov. The captain of the red and white Georgy Dzhikia also drew the attention of journalists to a hand game by Viktor Vasin, which the refereeing team allegedly did not notice.
The 13th “dry” match of Belenov and the eighth goalless draw for Ufa
The only goalless draw of the tour took place in Bashkortostan, where Ufa parted ways with Rubin. It is these teams that most often play zero draws in the current RPL season: “Ufa” - eight times, “Ruby” - six.
This result was the result of a confident game goalkeepers. Home goalkeeper Alexander Belenov made six saves and held the 13th “dry” match in the current championship of the country. He is the leader of the tournament on this indicator. His counterpart, Yuri Dupin, kept his gate intact for the tenth time and caught up with Igor Akinfeev.
Penalty for “Tambov” and the victory ball “Zenith” in the end
In turn, the leader of the Zenit championship won a difficult victory over Tambov. The match was nominally home for the RPL beginner in Nizhny Novgorod. At the same time, the game, by decision of the government of the Nizhny Novgorod region, was held without spectators.
Petersburgers opened an account at the end of the first half. Serdar Azmun after the discount of Artyom Dziuba struck someone else's goal and chalked up the 11th goal in the national championship. In turn, Dziuba with ten assists passed to the first place in the race of tournament assistants.
After the break, Sergei Semak's wards pressed the opponent to the goal, but could not score. And in the end, the hosts unexpectedly earned a penalty. Yaroslav Rakitsky pushed the replacement Artyom Fedchuk, and the judge pointed to the “point”. Eleven-meter sold Valery Chuperka.
However, the guests still managed to snatch victory. In the first minute added, Emiliano Rigoni, after a pass from Magomed Ozdoev, just struck into the far corner.
So Petersburgers won the fourth consecutive victory in the RPL and increased the lead from the closest pursuer to 11 points.
The 12th goal of Lutsenko and the resignation of Cherevchenko
The guest victory was won by Akhmat, who approached the resumption of the season in good shape. Grozny residents in Tula were stronger than Arsenal - 3: 1. Already by the middle of the first half, the wards of Igor Shalimov scored twice. And at the end of the meeting, Odis Roshi scored a double.
The only pleasant moment for the Tula fans was the 12th goal of Evgeni Lutsenko in the RPL. The 33-year-old striker distinguished himself in the time compensated by the referee and entered the second place in the tournament scorers race. Ahead is only Artyom Dziuba with 15 goals.
But things are not going well with his team. Arsenal suffered five consecutive defeats in the RPL for the first time since November 2016. A few hours after the match, Igor Cherevchenko left the post of head coach of the Tula.
“Akhmat”, on the contrary, after the resumption of the season scored seven points in three meetings and broke away from the relegation zone.
Controversial penalty in South Derby and Berg's sixth ball
In addition to the capital's derby, another round was held as part of the 25th round - the south one. Rostov, which included several football players with the coronavirus, received Krasnodar, which was forced to miss the first two matches after the resumption of the season due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the camp of the rivals Dynamo and Orenburg.
The guests who missed football started the match more actively and already in the 13th minute opened an account. Marcus Berg delivered an accurate shot from the goalkeeper after Christopher Olsson's discount and scored the sixth goal in the current RPL season.
In the future, rather, “Krasnodar” could distinguish itself even more than “Rostov” to recoup. However, in the end everything was decided by a controversial episode in the penalty area of guests. After supplying from the standard and hitting Maxim Osipenko, the ball hit the elbow of Cayo Panteleao. In order to understand the moment, Judge Vitaly Meshkov had to watch the replay for several minutes. In the end, he still pointed to the “point”, and Ivelin Popov scored a penalty, although Matvey Safonov nearly repelled a Bulgarian strike.
The seventh goal of Kokorin and two eleven-meter
Dynamo, which also went through a coronavirus outbreak in the team, was close to defeating Sochi on the road, but missed the victory in the ending itself and was content with a draw in the second match in a row.
The real “evil genius” for the blue and white was their former striker Alexander Kokorin. He was traditionally very active and created moments at the gates of others. It was the forward who earned the removal of Tony Shunich. In the 72nd minute, the Bosnian received a second yellow card.
And in the time added by the referee, Kokorin realized a penalty and saved Sochi from defeat. Now Alexander has seven goals in seven RPL matches.
Dynamo opened an account at the beginning of the second half, also from the penalty spot. The second goal in the team was scored by the rookie Nikolai Komlichenko.
Cancellation of Orenburg match due to outbreak of coronavirus
But Orenburg, six of whose players passed positive tests for coronavirus, missed the second match in a row. At the weekend, the outsider did not manage to play with Krasnodar, and he was credited with a technical defeat.
And on Wednesday the meeting of Orenburg with the Urals did not take place. Moreover, guests learned about its cancellation already at the airport. According to the owners, they did not receive permission from the Office of Rospotrebnadzor in the Orenburg region to host the match.
Now Orenburg can be counted as the second technical defeat in a row. The team dropped to last place in the standings and runs the risk of being cured in the FNL.