15th goal of Lutsenko and the second victory of Arsenal after the change of coach

The program of the 28th round of the RPL was opened by a meeting between Arsenal and Tambov in Tula. The hosts managed to win a second victory after the change of head coach (2: 1) and practically guaranteed themselves a place in the Premier League for the next season.

The protagonist of the confrontation was Evgeni Lutsenko, who gained tremendous form. In the middle of the first half, he earned a penalty for his team, which was realized by Vladislav Panteleev, and in the 84th minute he scored himself after a shot from Sergey Tkachev.

The striker scored the 15th goal in the current championship draw and came close to the leader of the tournament scorers of the tournament Artyom Dziube, who has 16 goals. At the same time, Lutsenko hit someone else's goal in the sixth match of the championship in a row.

Mikhail Kostyukov scored for Tambov, for whom this goal was the seventh in the 2019/20 season.

Lunev and Douglas injuries and removal of Rigoni in the first half

Two other Saturday meetings gave the fans unexpected results. The Zenit, which guaranteed itself a champion title away, failed to beat Akhmat - 1: 1 and interrupted the six-match winning streak in the RPL.

However, Sergei Semak did not take a number of team leaders to Grozny: Serdar Azmun, Artyom Dziuba, Branislav Ivanovich, Yaroslav Rakitsky and Wilmar Barrios. 

As a result, the “Zenith” in the experimental composition missed already in the sixth minute after a gross mistake by Andrei Lunev, who, in a non-hazardous situation, rolled the ball exactly at the opponent. A blow to the empty net was delivered by Oleg Ivanov. 

In the middle of the first half, the guests managed to recoup thanks to the exact shot of Sebastian Driussi, but soon the blue-white-blue were in the minority after Emiliano Rigoni grossly violated the rules on Denis Glushakov and received a second yellow card.

At the end of the meeting, Zenit lost two main players at once due to injuries. Lunev was injured by a knee and left the field on a stretcher, and Douglas dos Santos unsuccessfully landed on the lawn. According to Semak, the damage to the goalkeeper is serious, and it is unlikely to help the team in the semifinal game of the Russian Cup with Spartak.

Own Maslova and the controversial episode in the penalty “Sochi”

Meanwhile, red and white with a minimum score lost to Sochi. Fateful for the team was an own goal of the young Spartak defender Pavel Maslov in the middle of the first half. The footballer unsuccessfully substituted his leg after a rebound from Alexander Maksimenko and sent the ball into his own goal.

Domenico Tedesco's wards failed to even the score, although in the second half they locked the opponent in his half of the field. But they were not able to crack the rich defense of the hosts very often, and in rare dangerous moments, the former Spartak goalkeeper Nikolai Zabolotny reliably acted. He made some memorable saves.

However, the fans remembered the episode with the goalkeeper in the 34th minute. Trying to disrupt the one-on-one exit with Esekiel Ponce, Zabolotny hit him in his own penalty box, but the judge Sergey Ivanov did not appoint a penalty and did not even turn to VAR for help.

So “Spartak”, remaining without an unqualified Tedesco, extended the unbeaten streak in the RPL to five meetings and dropped to 11th place. 

Farfan's goal after a substitution and indecent gesture of Kiknadze

On Sunday, July 12th, all three teams competed for medals and are struggling to get into the Champions League: Lokomotiv, CSKA and Krasnodar. 

The railway workers at home failed to defeat Ufa (1: 1) and for the fourth time in a row played a draw in the RPL. 

In the composition of the guests in the end of the first half, Daniel Fomin, who realized the penalty, scored. The midfielder scored the sixth goal in the current Premier League season, four of which are from the 11-meter mark. Saved the “Locomotive” from defeat appeared on the field for the first time in 14 months Jefferson Farfan. 

After the game, the fans had to explain to the fans of the Moscow club Vasily Kiknadze, who during the match showed the middle finger of one of the stands. The functionary confirmed that he had actually shown a gesture, but admitted that he was excited.

Chalov’s eighth ball and Rubin’s first penalty

In turn, CSKA in the last minutes missed the victory over Rubin and seriously worsened its position in the fight for medals. It is doubly insulting to the fans of the army team that Leonid Slutsky, who worked with the red and blue for seven years, stopped their team.

The coach first confronted CSKA after leaving the club and may have left the army without the Champions League. At the same time, Victor Goncharenko again could not beat his colleague and friend. In four face-to-face meetings between them, three victories of the Slutsky teams and one draw were recorded.

The army team can rejoice only for Fedor Chalov, who opened the score after an hour of play and scored in the third match of the RPL in a row. The assets of the top scorer of the championship of the country last season now appear eight goals.

“Rubin” managed to equalize in the 88th minute from the 11-meter mark after Ivan Oblyakov, in his unsuccessful penalty, rolled up to Khvich Kvaratskheli. Interestingly, this penalty was the first for Kazan in the current national championship draw.

The fifth consecutive victory of Krasnodar over the Urals and the first Fernandes goal since November

“Krasnodar”, on the contrary, broke off the losing streak in the RPL and climbed to third place in the standings. The wards of Murad Musaev at home managed to defeat the “Urals” - 3-0. Southerners beat Yekaterinburg in the national championship for the fifth time in a row.

The match turned out to be double-edged with a lot of points, and Musaev after the final whistle even thanked his opponent for open football.

But only Krasnodar scored this evening. At the beginning of the meeting, the seventh goal in the RPL was chalked up by Marcus Berg. After the break, Manuel Fernandes scored the first goal since November 2019. And at the end of the meeting, a penalty was realized by Remy Cabella. “Ural” suffered the first defeat in the championship in the last five matches.

Two realized penalty kicks Dynamo and Pliev's removal

In the reporting round, the first victory after the resumption of the season was won not only by Krasnodar, but also Dynamo. Prior to this, the blue and white scored only two points in four summer meetings, and in the last two matches they were defeated.

However, on Sunday the team of Kirill Novikov was stronger than the “Wings of the Soviets” - 2: 0. By the middle of the first half, the hosts earned two penalties and both realized. Maximilian Philip and Nikolai Komlichenko scored goals.

The only fly in the ointment for Dynamo was the removal of Zaurbek Pliev in the end of the match for a hand push to Denis Popovich’s face. According to Novikov, the Serb swore at the parents of the defender, after which he could not restrain his emotions.

The first points of “Orenburg” since March and the canceled goal of Popov

Fifth place Rostov again misfired. The yellow-blue ones on the road couldn’t print the goal gate of the Orenburg standings - 0-0. Thus, the opponent interrupted a series of seven defeats in a row, two of which were technical.

The game itself was not full of dangerous moments and was remembered by the fans only canceled 15 minutes before the final whistle goal Ivelina Popova. In this game episode, the Bulgarian midfielder was offside. 

Valery Karpin’s speech was much more vivid after the match in the mixed zone.

“Orenburg” and “Rostov” were the most injured teams because of the situation with coronavirus? I will quote Anatoly Byshovets. There is no limit to human abomination. Abominations and meanness. Previously, there was the Russian State Insurance Committee Championship of Russia, and now the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare of Russia. Who agreed with Rospotrebnadzor, and who could not agree. Who hid the sick, and who did not. Who was quarantined and who was not closed. This is an abnormal Russian championship. And they are talking about this all over the world, ”Karpin said on the RPL’s YouTube channel.