Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013-14 Matchweek 16 Recap: Surprising results abound

There were a few rather shocking results this weekend, among an abundance of goals as four separate teams scored four goals each. The team of the week was particularly hard to narrow down, especially in the forward slot, as all of Yura Movsisyan, Seydou Doumbia, Artem Dzyuba, Aleksandr Kokorin and Ibrahima Balde put in fantastic performances, but there just isn't enough room for all of them.

Ural 1-4 Rostov
Rostov got back to winning ways after far too long on the back of excellent performances by Artem Dzyuba and Guelor Kanga. Dzyuba scored either side of Arseni Logashov's goal, while Kanga assisted one and scored another of his own to put Rostov up by four goals. Spartak Gogniev scored one very late on to pull one back for the hosts, but it was far too little, far too late.

Tom 2-0 Lokomotiv
Tom stunned Lokomotiv early when Evgeny Bashkirov put the hosts in front after just 5 minutes. Things went from bad to worse for Loko just over half an hour later, when Jan Durica gave away a penalty that Pavel Ignatovich converted well, before Dmitri Tarasov was sent off 5 minutes later. The visitors were never able to find a way back into the match and suffered an embarrassing loss when a win could have put them in 1st place.

Krylia 1-2 Dynamo
football formationsKrylia drew first blood through Igor Semshov's strike in the 23rd minute, yet Igor Denisov equalised just 6 minutes later. For much of the match, the hosts looked better with the ball, yet Dynamo used the counter-attack to great effectiveness and eventually got the winner through Christian Noboa with just 15 minutes to play.

Spartak 4-2 Zenit
Both Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Hulk scored for the visitors, but the highlight of the match was definitely the performances of Yura Movsisyan, who scored an excellent hat-trick before departing due to injury, and Denis Glushakov, who scored a beatiful solo goal to stun the leaders and bring the gap between the teams back to just three points.

Amkar 1-0 Anzhi
Amkar completely dominated Anzhi for the full 90 minutes as the hosts barely touched the ball and failed to register a single shot on target. That being said, Amkar should be extremely disappointed in leaving it so late to score, with Dmitri Belorukov getting the winner in the 83rd minute to continue Anzhi's absolutely dismal season.

CSKA 4-1 Terek
CSKA had an absolutely fantastic first half as Seydou Doumbia scored either side of Sergei Ignashevich and Zoran Tosic goals to go into the half with a four goal advantage. They let off the pressure considerably and allowed Terek to pull one back through Ailton 20 minutes from time, but it was nonetheless an impressive result, especially with the absences of Alan Dzagoev and Ahmed Musa.

Rubin 0-1 Krasnodar
Rubin and Krasnodar looked mostly even for the majority of the match and it took a special moment from substitutes Wanderson and Joaozinho (the exclusion of both in the starting XI was perplexing nonetheless) to break the deadlock and continue Rubin's atrocious recent form.

Kuban 4-0 Volga
Ibrahima Balde scored first and last, while Ivelin Popov and Vladislav Ignatiev got one each in an absolute destruction of Volga by Kuban, which was really to be expected.

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