Lutsenko record and the historical success of Arsenal
In the opening match of the 26th round of the Dynamo RPL, in their field, unexpectedly lost to Arsenal. The only goal was scored by former blue and white striker Evgeni Lutsenko, who joined the Tula team last summer. The striker scored in the fourth match in a row and not only stayed in second place in the scorers' race, but also became the oldest author of 13 goals for the season in the Russian championship. This bar obeyed him at the age of 33 years and 130 days. Earlier, the achievement was owned by the former Lokomotiv midfielder Dmitry Loskov (32 years, 267 days).
The Gunners interrupted an unsuccessful series of five defeats in a row and won their first victory under the leadership of Sergei Podpaly. The ex-coach of Mordovia and Tyumen replaced Igor Cherevchenko, who resigned after losing to Akhmat.
It is worth noting that the Tula took the upper hand, playing in the minority from the 35th minute. Kirill Kombarov for the fourth time in his career was removed from the field (the third - after two “mustard plasters”). An additional weight to the success is given by the fact that before that Arsenal beat Dynamo only once. In September 2017, the meeting ended with the score 1-0, and Maxim Belyaev scored.
Spartak anti-record and controversial decisions of judges
In the match between Spartak and Tambov, the trend for unexpected victory of the guests remained. The hosts twice led, but over the past half hour of the game into the goal of Alexander Maksimenko three goals flew. Valery Chuperka scored as a result of a successful counterattack, Alexey Gritsayenko - after a free-kick, Vladimir Obukhov scored from 11-meter. Muscovites did not miss the “point” Zelimkhan Bakaev, and Jordan Larsson for the first time excelled in his field in the RPL.
At the same time, not only the episodes with the appointment of a penalty, but several others turned out to be ambiguous. So, the cancellation of the goal of Alexander Sobolev, as well as the moment with the fall of Esekiel Ponce in the penalty box of “wolves” turned out to be controversial. But due to the lack of a VAR system, it was not possible to watch a video replay.
Spartak suffered a seventh defeat at the Otkrytie Arena and updated the club's anti-record for home failures in one season. Previously, the red and white has never lost in their field more than six times in the championship. Spoiled his statistics and Domenico Tedesco. In 14 games under his leadership, the team scored 18 points, which is the second worst result in history. Things were worse only under Nevio Scala in 2004 (15).
At the same time, “Tambov” became the first person from the FNL in 17 years who managed to cope twice with the most titled team of the country. In 2003, Rubin succeeded.
Two removal and injury Chistyakova
Wards Valery Karpin for the fourth time lost points after the resumption of the season. This time they played a draw with one of the outsiders on the road. It is worth noting that Rostov played without a number of main players. Due to the exhaustion of yellow cards, the game with Wings of the Soviets was missed by Alexander Saplinov, Baktiyor Zainutdinov and Eldor Shomurodov. In their absence, the team only the third time this season could not please the fans with goals scored.
The match turned out to be quite tough. Already at the 25th minute, the defender of the hosts Vladimir Poluyakhtov received a direct red card for a flagrant foul against Dmitry Chistyakov. “Wings of the Soviets” took the lead in the RPL in the number of removals, and the defender of “Rostov” needed a replacement.
The compositions were balanced in half an hour, when Danila Vedernikov got the second yellow one. The moment turned out to be rather ambiguous and reminded the appointment of a penalty for the goal of Spartak in the match against Arsenal. Then the Tula player, too, lowered his head and provoked a dangerous game from the opponent.
Chalov’s first goal in eight months and Akinfeev’s achievement
In Grozny, CSKA defeated Akhmat, scoring three times in four minutes. The major victory was marked by Fedor Chalov, who distinguished himself for the first time since November 10, 2019. Also, Nikola Vlašić and Arnor Sigurdsson lit their names on the scoreboard, and Andrei Semenov's own goal put an end to the match. Previously, the army team only nine times won away with a goal difference of four goals, and the last time it happened five years ago. During the first derby at the Otkrytie Arena, Spartak was defeated 4-0.
“Akhmat” remained one of the most convenient rivals for CSKA. In 33 matches of the RPL with Grozny, the red-blue won 26 victories, shared points four times and lost only three times. The goal difference in the last ten meetings is more than eloquent - 18: 1 in favor of the Moscow team.
The reporting game has become special for the captain of the army. Igor Akinfeev entered the field 453 times in the Russian Championship match and caught up with Dmitry Loskov in this respect. They are second only to Sergei Semak (456) and Sergei Ignashevich (489).
Two canceled goals and an unrealized penalty of “Locomotive”
The railroad workers could not take three points in the confrontation with Sochi at the Russian Railways Arena. The meeting, although dictated by the team of Marco Nikolic, was completed without goals. Lokomotiv twice sent the ball into the goal net of Sochi, but the goals of Eder and Timur Suleymanov were canceled due to an offside position.
In the compensated time, the hosts had the opportunity to snatch three points, but Alexei Miranchuk did not score from the penalty spot for the second time in his career. Thanks to this, Soslan Dzhanaev strengthened his status as the main specialist in repelling kicks from a point in the championship (four out of seven), while red-green ones fell to the tenth place in terms of percentage of their sales (62.5%).
In Sochi, the main danger came from Alexander Kokorin, who was noted for several shots on goal. But the most memorable moment with the participation of the striker occurred in the second half, when in the course of martial arts with Murilo he was torn his shirt. Fortunately, Sochi had a spare kit.
Goal in the 93rd minute and the conflict between Yevseyev and El Kabir
At the Neftyanik stadium, there were two applicants for sixth place in the RPL, potentially giving the right to appear in the qualifications of the Europa League. In the first half, both Ufa and Ural had several dangerous moments, but all the main events fell on the second game segment.
After the break, Ottman El-Kabir quarreled with Vadim Evseev. The midfielder ran after the ball leaving the sideline when the opponent’s head coach suddenly appeared on his way. A skirmish ensued between the legionnaire and the specialist, as a result of which the mentor received a “mustard plaster”. Already 13 minutes later, the Moroccan took revenge in person. For the second time in a match, Jonut Nedelcharu hit Erik Bikfalvi on the head during a horse fight and received a second yellow card, while Ural got a free kick. Ottman came up to the ball and struck filigree over the wall.
Nevertheless, in the minority, Ufa did not give up and continued to move forward, and in the third compensated minute its efforts paid off. Denis Terentyev was not covered in the area of the 11-meter mark and converted a cross from the flank of Danil Krugovoy into a goal. Yevseyev’s wards extended the unbeaten run to six meetings and reached a clean sixth place, beating Dynamo and Spartak (the blue and white reserve had an away match against Krasnodar).
Permission from Rospotrebnadzor and the goal of the former footballer of Orenburg
Until recently, it was unclear whether Orenburg would be able to play the match against Rubin, or whether it would again be credited with a technical defeat. But a few hours before the meeting, the team received permission from the regional branch of Rospotrebnadzor and flew to Kazan. Athletes arrived at the stadium directly from the airport, but still managed to provide decent resistance. True, this was not enough to score points and interrupt a series of five defeats.
At the 67th minute, a substitute Denis Makarov responded to a pass by Darko Yevtich and drove the ball into the net. For him, this event clearly had a special meaning. After all, he previously played for the Orenburg double, after which he ended up in Rubin in transit through Neftekhimik. The guests managed to organize a return goal, but the chief referee Kirill Levnikov did not count the goal scoring by Mikhail Sivakov. Apparently, the judging panel, together with the video assistants, considered that Zhigo Shkoflek, who was offside at the time of filing, took an active part in the episode.
Early triumph of “Zenith” and the achievement of Semak
In the central match of the tour, “Zenith” away confidently dealt with “Krasnodar” and prematurely completed the championship race in the RPL. Serdar Azmun doubled for newly-made champions, Artyom Dziuba and Alexey Sutormin recorded the ball at their own expense. At the same time, the forward of the Russian national team also scored with an assist and scored already 27 (16 + 11) points in the “goal + pass” system for the season. Previously, this bar has never obeyed him.
The hosts two accurate blows inflicted by the pupil of the club Daniil Utkin. Wonderson who missed the penalty spot missed a great opportunity to score. "Bulls" came out on top in the number of unrealized 11-meter. In addition to them four times from the point only the army team missed.
Zenit became the seven-time champion of Russia and caught up with CSKA in this respect. At the same time, blue-white-blue managed to guarantee gold to itself earlier than all in the XXI century - four rounds to the end. Only Spartak succeeded in this in 1993. For the mentor of St. Petersburg Sergei Semak, this trophy was the eighth in his career. Five times he took him as a player and three times as a coach. In the 2014/15 season, he was part of the headquarters of Andre Villas-Boas.