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.
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