Spartak Moscow heaped on the goals in a confident first half against Dynamo, going up 4-0 at the break, allowing them to let off in the second half and eventually take the derby 4-1.
Spartak lined up in their typical 4-2-3-1 formation, with McGeady & Yakovlev taking up the flanks, Costa & Glushakov lining up in the double pivot and Carioca alongside Bocchetti in the heart of defence in the face of Sergei Bryzgalov's injury. Meanwhile, Dynamo lined up in a similar 4-2-3-1, but playmaker Roman Zobnin had to be replaced by Andriy Voronin early on and the lineup ended playing out like a 4-4-2 for the majority of the match (see diagram).
Dynamo started strongly, having the majority of chances in the first 5 minutes as Spartak looked weak in possession. However, Spartak's pressure on Dynamo's defence gave Jose Jurado a shooting opportunity, which he capitalised on, slotting the ball low to the left of the goal to give Spartak a 1-0 lead on 6 minutes. It didn't take long for the visitors to double their lead, when Aiden McGeady sent a long cross for Pavel Yakovlev, who controlled well and finished confidently bast Shunin. Despite being down two goals within 15 minutes, Dynamo fought on, but with little success. Their misery was heaped on even further at the half hour mark, when Leandro Fernandez made a poor attempt at a back pass. Emmanuel Emenike latched onto the ball and coolly finished to give Spartak a three goal lead. Spartak then finally got their last goal of the game just 3 minutes before half time, when Jurado sent a rocket into the top left corner from long range and send Dynamo into the half four goals down.
Spartak came out in the second half much more reserved than they had before the break. Dynamo however, pushed much harder for goals, but had little success. Voronin came close with a low shot to the right of goal in just after the hour, while Kasaev shot over the bar minutes later. Dynamo's only goal came after Salvatore Bocchetti fouled Kasaev in the box in the 79th minute, giving away a penalty. Voronin coolly converted, even though Pesyakov managed to get a hand to the ball. Just minutes later, substitute Vladimir Sobolev sent a volley just over the bar, but Dynamo had to settle for a 4-1 loss in one of the biggest derbies in the RPL.
Man of the Match: Jose Manuel Jurado
This was a tough choice, as it also could have gone to Pavel Yakovlev or Sergei Parshivlyuk, but Jurado gets the man of the match award for his two goals and constant creative threat. Both of his goals were impressive finishes and he completed all of his 42 attempted passes.