The first victory of "Ufa" and serious injuries
The first match of the round between Arsenal and Ufa turned out to be eventful, because in Tula the fans witnessed five goals scored, two sending-offs and a couple of injuries.
The hosts opened the score in the middle of the first half. The debut goal of the season was scored by Evgeny Lutsenko, who scored 15 times in the last RPL draw. However, the guests bounced back shortly before the break thanks to the accurate blow of Vyacheslav Krotov. The forward in this episode received a concussion and was forced to ask for a replacement.
In the second half, Ufa made a serious step towards the first victory. First, the debut ball in the team was scored by Artyom Golubev, and then Lovre Bizyak converted a penalty.
But Arsenal did not give up until the very end, and 18 minutes before the end of regular time, they reduced the gap to a minimum. However, Kings Kangwa, who scored a beautiful goal, soon left the field for a dangerous tackle. And in stoppage time, his older brother Evans also received a second yellow card. So "Ufa" won a strong-willed victory, which became the first for the team in Tula since October 2016.
Khimki's first points and Noboa's second goal
Meanwhile, RPL rookie Khimki on the road parted with Sochi - 1: 1. Moreover, it was the Moscow Region team that managed to open an account. In the middle of the first half, Alexander Troshechkin sent the ball into the corner and scored his debut goal in the RPL. As in the match against Spartak, 35-year-old Christian Noboa saved the hosts from defeat. Only this time the Ecuadorian distinguished himself from the game. The veteran managed a perfect one-touch strike to the near nine.
A few minutes later, the midfielder could have brought Sochi a victory, but Ilya Lantratov not without difficulty coped with Noboa's long-range shot. It is also worth noting the debut of two eminent newcomers as part of the southerners - Joaozinho and Emmanuel Mammana. The former Dynamo midfielder came on as a substitute immediately after the break, and the ex-Zenit defender - in the 66th minute.
Canceled goal of "Spartak" and a knockout from Sobolev
But Spartak beat Akhmat at home for the second time in a month and won their first victory of the season. At the same time, due to poor health, the head coach of the red-and-white Domenico Tedesco missed the game. Suddenly, one of the leaders of the team, Zelimkhan Bakaev, was left in reserve, and he could not get in shape. But at the heart was the entire attacking troika Jordan Larsson - Esequiel Ponce - Alexander Sobolev.
After the referee scandal in the first round match, Yevgeny Turbin's work received increased attention. In the first half, he canceled two goals from Spartak. If in the case of the ball of Georgiy Djikia, the offside position did not raise questions, then the episode with the handball of Jordan Larsson looked rather ambiguous.
But right after the break, the referee awarded a penalty to the Akhmat's goal for the fact that Anton Shvets held Samuel Zhigot with his hand when serving the standard. The penalty kick was converted by Larsson and scored the second goal of the season. And soon after Sobolev's discount, Ponce set the final score on the scoreboard - 2: 0.
In addition, shortly before the final whistle, Grozny remained in the minority. Maxim Nenakhov received the second yellow card among the guests. Also, the meeting was remembered for a frightening episode with the participation of Sobolev and the footballer of "Akhmat" Zoran Nizich. After a strong blow from the Russian, the ball hit the Croat's jaw. He lost consciousness, and first aid was provided by the striker of the red and white. Soon the defender came to his senses, but could not continue the game.
“I pushed my fingers into his mouth so that he wouldn't close his jaw. Then the doctors already ran up, "- quotes Sobolev" Championship ".
Rotor's first Premier League score in 16 years and Dynamo's bad luck
But "Dynamo" did not manage to hit the gates of the newcomer of RPL "Rotor" and extend the winning streak. The first team match in 16 years ended in a goalless draw - 0: 0.
At the same time, Kirill Novikov's charges had an advantage throughout the meeting, but they lacked a little luck. The blue and white struck nine hits, and only three of them hit the target. However, in these situations, the goalkeeper of the guests Alexander Dovbnya acted above all praise.
And the most dangerous moment in the middle of the first half was missed by Sebastian Shimanski. After the strike of the Pole from the penalty kick, the “Rotor” was saved by the crossbar. So Volgograd for the first time since 2004 scored points in the Premier League.
Two penalties and Slutsky's anger
The match between Rubin and Ural in Kazan turned out to be richer in events. Moreover, the main judge Alexei Sukhoi came to the fore. Already in the tenth minute, he appointed a penalty to the hosts' goal for the obvious handball of Karl Starfelt, which was converted by Eric Bikfalvi.
Soon, an extremely controversial episode occurred in the penalty area of Yekaterinburg, but the referee did not react to the fall of Khvichi Kvaratskhelia, which caused the anger of the disqualified Leonid Slutsky.
But in the middle of the half, Sukhoi nevertheless appointed a penalty kick to the Ural goal after watching the replay. True, a few minutes before that the second yellow card was received by the defender of Kazan Mikhail Merkulov, who was playing the first match against the former team. The line-ups leveled off after an hour of the meeting, when the second yellow card was earned by the guests' midfielder Roman Yemelyanov.
In general, the hosts were closer to victory in the second half. One newcomer Rubin Djordje Despotovic missed several dangerous moments. Yekaterinburg also had a chance to excel, but Yuri Dyupin saved the Kazan team.
Dzagoev's injury and Kuchaev's second goal in the RPL season
According to the results of two rounds, only three teams have six points in their assets. In the first match, CSKA took the upper hand over Khimki at a party, and then beat Tambov at home - 2: 1. Moreover, in this match, Fyodor Chalov did not help them due to injury. And in the middle of the first half, Viktor Goncharenko had to change Alan Dzagoev, who had received muscle damage.
Despite this, the hosts managed to snatch three points. In the second RPL meeting in a row, Konstantin Kuchaev distinguished himself, who had previously scored only one goal at the senior level (but against Manchester United in the Champions League). Then Ilya Shkurin, who replaced Dzagoev, scored his debut goal for CSKA in the 55th minute. Thus, the Belarusian brought victory to the red and blue. As part of "Tambov", the team's newcomer Alexander Karapetyan made an accurate shot.
Nikolic's unbeaten run in the RPL and Nurmagomedov in the stands
The second victory in a row was won by Lokomotiv, which was stronger than Krasnodar at home. The fate of the confrontation was decided by the precise blow of Alexey Miranchuk at the end of the first half. The midfielder scored a goal in the second round of the RPL in a row.
Also, the 24-year-old footballer reduced the gap to Oleg Garin to one goal, who ranks sixth in the list of Lokomotiv's top scorers in history. Miranchuk has 43 goals for the railroad. On the first line with 128 goals is the current assistant of Marko Nikolic Dmitry Loskov.
In turn, the Serbian coach extended the unbeaten run at the head of the team in the Russian championship to ten matches. Under his leadership, the red-greens won six victories and drew four times.
As for Krasnodar, the goalkeeper Matvey Safonov became the best with seven saves. This happened in front of the head coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov. In addition to him, the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was present in the stands. After the final whistle, the specialist presented the fighter with an autographed ball of the national team.
Azmun's 34th goal for Zenit and Prokhin's forced exit
Finally, the reigning champion Zenit also scored one hundred percent of the points after two rounds. Moreover, St. Petersburgers could beat Rostov (2: 0) away from even Artem Dziuba's injury. In the absence of the captain, Serdar Azmun scored the debut goal of the season. In the middle of the first half, the Iranian from the penalty spot failed to outplay Sergei Pesyakov, but was accurate on finishing. Thus, he upset the former team, which he played for from 2015 to 2017. Also, the striker with 34 goals entered the top 12 scorers of Zenit in the entire history, catching up with Alexander Kokorin. And already at the end of the meeting, Dejan Lovren chalked up the first accurate strike in the blue-white-blue team.
The only fly in the ointment for the champion was the removal of the main defender Yaroslav Rakitsky. Because of this, in the last minutes of the meeting, 19-year-old Danila Prokhin made Lovren's company in the center of defense. Apparently, he will start from the very first minutes the most important meeting with CSKA in the next round.