Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2013-14 Matchweek 3 Recap: CSKA and Spartak triumph in separate Moscow derbies

This week in the RPL got even further out of hand when it comes to penalties, with the 8 awarded even higher than the 5 and 6 in the two previous weeks and taking the total this season to 19. In other news, Spartak and CSKA defeated Dynamo and Lokomotiv respectively in Moscow derbies this weekend.

football formationsZenit 1-1 Kuban
Zenit replaced debuting left back Dzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov with club legend Andrei Arshavin, who put the hosts ahead in the 65th minute, but Zenit paid for their weakened defence when Gigel Bucur equalised 10 minutes from time to level the match at 1-1, which was arguably a fair result to continue a disappointing start to Zenit's season.

Dynamo 1-4 Spartak
Jose Manuel Jurado inspired Spartak to four goal first half lead with an impressive brace, while Pavel Yakovlev and Emmanuel Emenike each fired home as well. Spartak sat back after the break and allowed Andriy Voronin to score a penalty, but still held onto the game to take a satisfying 4-1 win.

Ural 1-2 Volga
Ural went ahead from an early Spartak Gogniev penalty but suffered two second half goals, including another penalty, this time scored by Andrei Karyaka to fall to fellow bottom feeder Volga 2-1.

Rostov 3-0 Tomsk
Rostov continued their surprising and impressive start to the season while Tomsk carried on their dismal form in the clash between the two sides. Artem Dzyuba scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, to take his tally to 6 this season, an even more impressive number considering that Rostov have only scored 7 in total. Dzyuba could have had a 4th when another penalty was awarded, but Timofei Kalachev opted to take it and failed to convert, leaving the scoreline at 3-0.

Lokomotiv 1-2 CSKA
The soon-to-depart Keisuke Honda put CSKA ahead less than 20 minutes in before Lokomotiv threw everything forward and earned an equaliser through Dmitri Tarasov 15 minutes from time. Unfortunately, they were punished just 8 minutes later when Ahmed Musa put away the winner to end the weekend's second Moscow derby 2-1 in CSKA's favour.

Krylia 1-1 Anzhi
Despite going ahead just before the hour mark through Samuel Eto'o, Anzhi never really got going in a match they probably should have dominated and they were punished for their lacklustre performance by an 82nd minute Roman Vorobyov equaliser to leave Samara with just a point from the 1-1 draw and continue a poor start to the season.

Terek 0-0 Rubin
This was a goalless draw and I was only able to catch glimpses of it, so I don't have much to say other than Bibras Natkho looked impressive like he always does.

Krasnodar 2-1 Amkar
Despite going behind before the break via a Martin Jakubko goal, Krasnodar hit 2 goals in 3 minutes to take a tightly contested match that really should have been much more one sided when looking at the lineups.

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

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