Tuesday, July 23, 2013

2013-14 Matchweek 2 Recap: Spartak only team to have won first two matches

This week, there were a number of victories with a scoreline of 2-1, as the RPL finally got properly underway after a week of draws. This week also continued the trend of a large number of penalties, with 5 across 3 matches, meaning that the total after just two weeks is 11.

football formations Dynamo 2-1 Anzhi
Dynamo went ahead early through a Pavel Solomatin goal and Anzhi's troubles were further compounded when Ewerton was sent off just 7 minutes later. Despite being outnumbered, Anzhi equalised in the 83rd minute through a Christopher Samba header, but were punished in stoppage time when Andriy Voronin converted a penalty to give Dynamo the win.

Tom 1-2 Kuban
Kuban pulled away from Tom inside 13 minutes with goals from Ibrahima Balde and Aras Ozbiliz, before Kirill Panchenko pulled one back for Tom. For the most part, the match continued without much of note and the final result was a 2-1 victory to Kuban.

Volga 1-2 Lokomotiv
After a dull first half, Maicon sent Lokomotiv ahead in the 63rd minute with a well timed header, but the visitors couldn't celebrate for long as Mulumba Mukendi equalised just 4 minutes later. With both sides throwing everything forward, it was right back Roman Shishkin who gave Lokomotiv the win with an excellent free kick in the 87th minute.

Terek 1-1 Amkar
Terek got off to a good start in the 12th minute with a goal from Igor Lebedenko, although both sides played fairly well for the entirety of the first half. Martin Jakubko got Amkar's equaliser in the 55th and the match ended at 1-1, although it was notable for the large amount of yellow cards given.

Rubin 2-1 Zenit
Danny put Zenit up in just the 6th minute in Kazan, before Gokdeniz Karadeniz equalised for Rubin just after half time. After a back and forth match of many chances, it was Salomon Rondon who got the winner for Rubin in stoppage time with an excellent header and his first goal of the season.

Ural 0-2 Spartak
Neither side was very effective in the first half, but just minutes after the break, substitute Aiden McGeady put Spartak in front. McGeady was involved again when he assisted Emmanuel Emenike's goal in stoppage time to give Spartak a 2-0 win.

Rostov 2-2 Krasnodar
Marcio Abreu gave Krasnodar an early lead, but it was wiped out immediately by Timofei Kalachev's equaliser. Artem Dzyuba gave Rostov the lead with a penalty just after the break, but Wanderson managed to claw one back in the dying minutes of the game to salvage a point for Krasnodar.

CSKA 2-1 Krylia
CSKA got off to a disastrous start against Krylia, losing Georgi Schennikov to a red card in the 8th minute before Alan Dzagoev gave away a penalty which Ilya Maksimov converted to give the visitors a one goal lead. Things went from bad to worse for the host when Dzagoev missed a penalty up the other end by blazing it over the bar. Seydou Doumbia was introduced at the break and scored on a counter just after the hour mark, before winning and converting a penalty 10 minutes from time to give CSKA the win.

1 - Spartak
2 - Amkar
3 - Dynamo
4 - Rostov
5 - Lokomotiv
6 - CSKA
7 - Rubin
8 - Kuban
9 - Zenit
10 - Anzhi
11 - Volga
12 - Terek
13 - Krasnodar
14 - Ural
15 - Krylia
16 - Tom

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