Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2013-14 Matchweek 24 Recap: Anzhi shock Dynamo while Zenit obliterate Rubin

This week in the RPL, Spartak continued their abysmal streak, Zenit overran Rubin and Anzhi shocked Dynamo with an incredible home performance, among other less surprising results.

football formationsKuban 2-0 Tomsk
Kuban were predictably the better side, but struggled to get through Tomsk's surprisingly stern defence. Igor Armas put on a clinic, saving a certain goal early on before putting Kuban in front with 25 minutes to go. Ivelin Popov followed it up just a few minutes from full time to kill off the game.

Spartak 0-1 Ural
Vladimir Khozin scored the only goal in a shockingly open match, as both teams went end to end in search of goals. Spartak looked good with the ball over most of the pitch, but then seemed to lose all technical ability when coming anywhere near the goal. Yura Movsisyan was closest when he rattled the woodwork late on, but it wasn't enough to halt Spartak's run of 5 games without a win.

Amkar 0-1 Terek
Amkar and Terek were mostly level for the entire match, and it was only Oleg Ivanov's strike just before half time that settled it. In the second half, Amkar pushed for an equaliser but could never quite apply the necessary finish.

Krylia 1-3 CSKA
Zoran Tosic and Seydou Doumbia both scored in the opening 7 minutes to give CSKA a formidable lead that got even mightier when Tosic got his second after half time. Krylia didn't really look like scoring until CSKA had gotten complacent with their victory, allowing Alan Chochiev to score a consolation goal in the 88th minute.

Zenit 6-2 Rubin

Hulk scored two first half penalties and Sardar Azmoun pulled a goal back for Rubin before the match devolved into complete chaos late in the second half. Danny scored one, while substitute Salomon Rondon scored a hat-trick, and Roman Eremenko scored the third penalty of the game to end with the score at 6-2.

Anzhi 4-0 Dynamo
Dynamo dominated possession, but were brutalised on the counter-attack as Georgi Gabulov had possibly the worst game of his career. Aleksandr Bukharov and Fyodor Smolov each scored in the first half to give Anzhi a solid lead, while Serder Serderov and Makhach Gadzhiev scored late in the second half to complete the rout.

Krasnodar 0-2 Rostov
The first half was mostly even, despite Zhano Ananidze's tap-in on the verge of half time, but Krasnodar completely overran Rostov in the second half. Anton Amelchenko kept the visitors in the game, before Artem Dzyuba scored a penalty in stoppage time to confirm the three points.

Lokomotiv 3-0 Volga
Things started poorly for Volga as they had Piotr Polczak sent off after just 24 minutes. Things went from bad to worse just 8 minutes later when they gave away a penalty and Aleksandr Samedov converted it. Maicon scored just after half time while Dame N'Doye added the third later in the second period to give Loko an expected win.

Krylia 1-1 Terek
Krylia and Terek caught up their games in hand with an even and predictable draw. Neither side really looked like taking the upper hand and they both scored within four minutes of each other just before half time.

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

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