Monday, March 24, 2014

2013-14 Matchweek 22 Recap: Goals. Goals everywhere

Goals abounded this week as the chase for the European places tightened significantly, although there was really only one upset. Also, circumstances prevented me from writing a match report this week, but there should be one next week as per usual.

Rostov 3-3 Amkar
Rostov suffered early on, going 3-1 down within 50 minutes, but were handed a lifeline by the dismissal of Amkar's Jakub Wawrzyniak 20 minutes from full time. Rostov managed to capitalise, scoring two times in as many minutes to draw level and steal a point at home.

Volga 0-1 Tomsk
Volga and Tomsk were even for almost all of the match, with Tomsk probably edging it on quality of chances. It was Jan Holenda who got the winner for them in stoppage time to take three points and pull his side out of the relegation places.

Lokomotiv 3-0 Ural
Ural's Aleksandr Belozerov had a terrible time against Loko, scoring an own goal to provide the hosts' first before being sent off after Dame N'Doye and Sergei Tkachev had made it 3-0. Truth be told, Ural never even looked like getting into the match and this was a deserved result for Loko.

Krasnodar 4-0 Spartak
Spartak came into the match as favourites but were absolutely obliterated on the counter by Krasnodar, especially former Spartak player Ari. The visitors controlled possession, but lacked incision in the final third, while Krasnodar took their chances well, allowing Ari to score a hat-trick and Wanderson to finish Spartak off.

Dynamo 0-0 Rubin

Dynamo probably deserved to win this match, but Rubin had a solid defence and were able to limit the hosts to ineffective chances from outside the box. As a result, neither side could break the deadlock and Rubin will be satisfied with a point here.

Terek 2-1 Kuban
Terek were surprisingly dominant, even though it took an Ailton penalty to go ahead early on. Kuban looked utterly unable to equalise for much of the first half, and things went from bad to worse as Marcin Komorowski made it 2-0 just before the hour mark. Lorenzo Melgarejo managed to pull one back eight minutes later, but it was the only real chance Kuban had and Terek took a deserved win.

Anzhi 0-3 CSKA
Despite their recent resurgence, Anzhi never looked capable of dealing with CSKA as Seydou Doumbia ran riot, scoring the first two goals and setting up Ahmed Musa's finish for the third. CSKA actually looked like a well-oiled team rather than just a group of individuals for one of the first times this season.

football formationsZenit 2-1 Krylia
Hulk opened the scoring with a penalty within 5 minutes before doubling Zenit's lead after 45 more, however Ibrahim Tsallagov pulled one back 2 minutes later. Krylia were given two penalties, but Yuri Lodygin managed to save both to hold Zenit's lead and give the hosts a win in Andre Villas-Boas' first match as manager.

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

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