Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dynamo 3-1 Mordovia: Relegation battlers unlucky as Dynamo end winless run

A 3-1 victory for Dynamo Moscow belies the true nature of their match against relegation battlers Mordovia Saransk, where the home side struggled for possession but were clinical in front of goal and took their chances well.

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Dynamo took the lead early on in the 4th minute as Artur Yesupov poked the ball home in their first chance on goal. The home side appeared content to sit back on the ball even at this early stage, which almost cost them their lead in the 11th minute as Tomislav Dujmovic's half-volley clipped the crossbar and went out for a goal kick. Seeing the danger in sitting in a one goal lead, Dan Petrescu pushed his side further forward to secure their lead, eventually succeeding in the 24th minute. Jakob Jantscher dribbled down to the by-line and cut back for Kevin Kuranyi, who slotted the ball low to David Yurchenko's right, amidst shouts from Mordovia's defence that Jantscher had dribbled the ball over the end line before the cross, however it did not appear to cross the line entirely. It took Mordovia only four minutes, when Kirill Panchenko latched onto a Ruslan Mukhametshin through ball and slid it coolly under Anton Shunin to pull one back for the visitors. Despite the positives for Mordovia, Dynamo hit back with the next clear cut chance of the match as Kuranyi grabbed his second and restored the hosts' two goal advantage. Finally content with a solid lead, Petrescu allowed his side to sit deep and counter as Mordovia's 4-3-3 held possession over the 4-2-3-1 of Dynamo. Mordovia were thus able to maintain control of the ball for the remainder of the half, but they failed to have any shots on goal before the interval.

The second period began just as the first had ended, with Mordovia controlling possession yet struggling to create chances, however this changed in about the 60th minute as Panchenko was pushed into the hole behind Mukhametshin and a flurry of close chances followed soon after but Mordovia failed to convert any. Dynamo began to look nervy as the half progressed and, by the 70th minute, Mordovia looked certain to score at some point, yet it was not to be. The hosts managed to close out the half with several desperate clearances and blocks, but they did their job nonetheless and secured their first win in almost a month and temporarily moving into fourth.

Man of the Match: Kevin Kuranyi
Despite being relatively quiet for most of the match, Kuranyi's brace was key to securing Dynamo's edgy victory. He now sits on 10 goals for the season, level with Ahmed Musa and Aleksandr Kerzhakov, but still behind Yura Movsisyan, Wanderson and Lacina Traore

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