Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2013-14 Matchweek 27 Recap: So many penalties

Matchweek 27 saw an inordinate number of penalties (seven awarded in eight games) and the continuation of Spartak's woeful form, which could very well see them falling out of the European qualification places.

Krylia 2-2 Amkar

Georgi Peev scored an early penalty for Amkar, before Sergei Kornilenko had one saved in the second half, but knocked in the rebound nonetheless. Artem Delkin gave the hosts the lead just six minutes later, before Peev's second of the game equalised with thirteen minutes to play. Both sides had chances in the final minutes, but neither was able to capitalise and get the win.

Ural 0-0 Tomsk
Ural could be considered the better side, but their profligacy prevented them from picking up the three points. Spartak Gogniev had a chance to score from the penalty spot in the second half, but his effort was saved by Ilie Cebanu.
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Zenit 2-0 Volga
Zenit completely overran Volga and probably should have scored more, but the score was kept down by the excellent Sergei Pareiko. Axel Witsel opened the scoring mid way through the first half, which was followed up shortly before the interval by Danny missing a penalty, which was the single blemish in an otherwise fantastic performance from the Portuguese international. With the game winding down and Volga showing no sign of mounting a dangerous attack, Victor Faizulin killed the game off and secured the three points for the league leaders.

Krasnodar 1-3 Lokomotiv

Alexei Miranchuk gave Loko the lead after just six minutes, and the first half was a back and forth affair that ultimately spiraled out of control in the final minutes. Joaozinho scored an equaliser and Aleksandr Samedov missed a penalty immediately before the interval. The second half was much more muted, but it was Samedov who made up for his error earlier, scoring twice in stoppage time to take the win.

CSKA 2-1 Rubin

Alan Dzagoev scored just thirteen minutes into his return from suspension to give CSKA the lead throughout the majority of the first half. Aleksandr Prudnikov equalised just minutes after half time, before Seydou Doumbia scored a penalty (seriously, there were so many this weekend) to give CSKA the win and keep them in the title chase.

Rostov 1-1 Anzhi
Rostov went ahead through an Artem Dzyuba penalty, before the dismissal of Alexandru Gatcan put the hosts under significant pressure. This allowed substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to equalise with ten minutes to play, but Anzhi were unable to get a second goal to steal the win.

Terek 1-0 Dynamo
Dynamo controlled possession, but were incredibly wasteful with their shooting and thus were unable to capitalise on their dominance. Terek's Mauricio scored the match's only goal shortly after half time, and the hosts were able to hold on to take a shocking win.

Spartak 0-2 Kuban
Similarly to Dynamo, Spartak maintained possession, but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net, thanks in part to the fine form of Aleksandr Belenov. It was Ivelin Popov who scored twice in the second half to steal a win and continue Spartak's abysmal run of form.

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

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