Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013-14 Matchweek 15 Recap: Derby day ends in resounding victories

It's the first Matchweek Recap for From Beyond the Iron Curtain for more than two months and it was a week of interesting results, including two decisive derby wins.

football formationsVolga 1-2 CSKA
Volga deservedly took the lead early through Luton Shelton before Seydou Doumbia earned the equaliser just minutes later. Volga looked the better side for the majority, but were punished when the in-form Zoran Tosic got the winner in the 72nd minute.

Dynamo 1-0 Tom
This was an excessively defensive match, as was to be expected considering the sides involved (Dynamo is an excellent defensive side and Tom just isn't very good). The only goal was a Maksim Bordachev own goal in the 42nd minute to give Dynamo the win.

Zenit 1-1 Amkar
Amkar did an excellent job of containing Zenit and definitely deserved at least a point in this match. The visitors went ahead early via Thomas Phibel's effort off a set piece and it took an excellent piece of skill by Danny to equalise for the hosts as the remainder of Zenit's attack misfired time and time again.

Krasnodar 1-2 Kuban
This Krasnodar derby was largely boring for the majority of the 90 minutes as Gigel Bucur put Kuban in front just after the hour. In stoppage time, Ivelin Popov added a second, while Gerard Gohou pulled one back for Krasnodar to end the derby in a flurry of exciting football.

Rostov 0-0 Rubin
Both sides traded chances for 90 minutes but neither was able to find a way through, largely due to the poor performances of their respective strikers.

Spartak 1-3 Lokomotiv
Spartak dominated possession but were torn apart on the counter-attack in this edition of the Moscow derby. Dame N'Doye hit twice for the visitors, while Aleksandr Samedov scored their third and Yura Movsisyan applied the only successful finish for the hosts, who have started to fall away from title contention.

Anzhi 0-1 Ural
Anzhi continued their terrible campaign with a home loss against fellow relegation candidates Ural. Anzhi's performance was marked by poor finishing, despite numerous chances coming on the break. Nonetheless, it took until second half stoppage time for Ural to clinch it, when Gerson Acevedo scored and crushed Anzhi's hopes.

Terek 0-1 Krylia 
In an exciting relegation battle, Terek had almost all of the chances, yet were constantly denied by Jan Mucha. Krylia took their chance early on to go ahead through Sergei Kornilenko and were able to hunker back and defend for the entirety of the second half to take the win.

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

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