Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2013-14 Matchweek 30 Recap: CSKA secure title on last day

Hey everyone, this is (obviously) the final Matchweek Recap of the season, although over the next few days you'll be getting a season review and my team of the season selections. In footballing terms, what a cracking matchweek to end it on, with CSKA edging Lokomotiv to steal the title from under Zenit.

Tomsk 3-2 Rostov

Pavel Nekhaychik opened the scoring for Tomsk before Rostov were struck by injuries early on, losing Vitali Djakov and Arseni Logashov early in the first half. Kirill Panchenko grabbed a brace after half time, but Dmitri Poloz pulled one back with mere minutes to play. Despite a red card to Guelor Kanga Kaku, Florent Sinama-Pongolle was able to get a second for Rostov, but it wasn't enough to take a result.

Volga 1-2 Ural
Vladimir Koman scored a penalty on the stroke of half time and Aleksandr Sapeta made it two after the interval. Artur Sarkisov managed to score for the hosts with ten minutes remaining, but it proved to be only a consolation goal for the already-relegated Volga.

football formations Amkar 2-2 Krasnodar
Konstantin Vassiliev put the hosts in front with a good effort, but Mauricio Pereyra hit back with the equaliser immediately. Krasnodar carried this momentum to go ahead through the little-seen Sergei Petrov before Igor Picusceac got the last laugh and equalised for Amkar.

Anzhi 0-1 Krylia

In a dull affair, Artem Delkin got the only goal of the game just after half time, while substitute Serder Serderov was sent off in stoppage time for violent conduct.

Spartak 3-2 Dynamo

Dynamo went up by two goals thanks to strikes either side of half time by Gheorge Florescu and Aleksei Ionov before Spartak really got into the game. It wasn't long after Ionov's goal that Jose Jurado pulled one back, and Sergei Parshivlyuk got the equaliser a quarter of an hour after that. With the game coming to a close, Artur Yusupov gave away a penalty that Dmitri Kombarov scored to complete a memorable comeback and steal fifth place out from under Krasnodar's noses.

Rubin 1-1 Terek
This match was dull for the majority, aside from a few second half minutes in which both sides managed to score. It was Andrei Semenov who put Terek in front with his only goal of the season, before Rubin's substitute Kamil Mullin scored his own first goal of the season to equalise.

Kuban 1-4 Zenit
Despite an injury to Vyacheslav Malafeev, Zenit overran Kuban for much of the match, with all of Axel Witsel, Salomon Rondon and Oleg Shatov scoring before Lorenzo Melgarejo pulled one back for Kuban. His goal proved only to be a consolation when Hulk added a fourth in stoppage time.

CSKA 1-0 Lokomotiv

CSKA looked trumped by Lokomotiv for much of the match and couldn't score in the first half. Ultimately, the only goal came when Vedran Corluka made an awful backpass that allowed Zoran Tosic to score an impressive goal from range and take the title.

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

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