Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2013-14 Matchweek 7 Recap: Zenit Top Table for First Time

In the last matchweek before both the transfer deadline and the international break, Zenit St. Petersburg have gone to the top of the table for the first time this season, however their victory over Lokomotiv was tarnished by poor refereeing.

CSKA 2-1 Amkar
football formationsCSKA completely dominated after going down in under a minute, and fought back to win 2-1 with goals from Seydou Doumbia and Ahmed Musa. The hosts probably could have won by more considering their dominance, however they were disadvantaged by an injury to Doumbia just 9 minutes after his goal.

Terek 1-1 Anzhi
Anzhi's terrible start to the season has continued with a 1-1 draw with Terek. Centre back Ewerton opened the scoring for Anzhi just after the half hour mark, before Terek threw everything they had at an equaliser. Their efforts were repaid in the 87th minute when Ailton converted from the penalty spot, however their dominance deserved a win.

Krasnodar 3-0 Volga
Wanderson and Joaozinho put on a clinic in Krasnodar's 3-0 victory over Volga, with each player involved in the scoring twice. Wanderson put the finish on two goals, while Joaozinho set up one and scored the side's final effort. However, it must be noted that the match was far more even than the scoreline suggests and it could easily have gone the other way with some better finishing from Volga.

Zenit 2-1 Lokomotiv
I don't really have much to say about this match other than that the referee was terrible. If you want to know more, you can read my match report here.

Ural 0-3 Rubin
Ural were outplayed by a fantastic Rubin side, in particular Salomon Rondon and Bibras Natkho. Rondon finally appears to be paying off his transfer fee after a year in the club and he was fantastic on Sunday, scoring all three of the match's goals, two of which were set up by Natkho.

Spartak 2-1 Tom
Spartak struggled to an unremarkable win against continually poor Tom Tomsk. The hosts conceded first through the excellent Vladimir Rykov, but came from behind to win 2-1 through goals from Yura Movsisyan and Pavel Yakovlev. The win, like CSKA's earlier in the weekend, could have been much more comfortable were it not for poor finishing.

Krylia 0-0 Kuban
Krylia and Kuban fought to a goalless draw, although this was less due to poor finishing and more due to fantastic defensive work from both sides.

Dynamo 1-1 Rostov
Neither side were able to fully capitalise on an open match and take the victory, as Hrvoje Milic and Aleksandr Kokorin scored early on in each half to send both supporters home with what should be seen as a satisfactory result.

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

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