Matchday 21: Anzhi Continue to Stutter as CSKA Pull Clear

Anzhi continued their faltering form with a draw against relegation threatened Krylya Sovetov. It was the first match at the refurbished Anzhi Arena but the game failed to live up to the expectation of the 26,200 strong crowd. The away side were down to 10 men after Aleksandre Amisulashvili was given his second yellow card late on in the first half.  Krylya took the lead through ex-Blackpool striker Sergey Kornilenko as the away side counter attacked with Reginal Goreux cutting the ball back for Kornilenko to fire past Gabulov. Anzhi once again chose not to start Traore but the Ivorian striker came on at half time and equalised for the home side with 10 minutes to play after Krylya failed to clear properly. Anzhi are now without a win in the league for 3 games and have only take 1 point from two teams in the bottom 3.

Meanwhile CSKA won for the third successive RPL game after a 1-0 win over Krasnodar at the Luzhniki. Alan Dzagoev scored the only goal of the game in the first half of which CSKA dominated. In the second half, the home side seemed to let Krasnodar into the game but failed to ever test Akinfeev who kept his 11th clean sheet of the season. Their lead at the top up to 8 points.

Zenit also won to put pressure on second placed Anzhi but it was less than convincing against Mordovia in St Petersburg. Hulk scored early into the second half, tapping in after Kerzhakov’s shot was parried by Yurchenko. Vladimir Bozovic was sent off for Mordovia 7 minutes later but the home side failed to extend their lead beyond the one goal. Zenit still in third but are only one point behind Anzhi.

Kuban managed to halt Dinamo’s 6 game winning streak with a 1-1 draw in Krasnodar. Aleksandr Kokorin opened the scoring for Dinamo but Ibrahima Balde equalised just four minutes later. Kuban remain in the Europa League places with Dinamo just 2 points behind.

Elsewhere Spartak and Lokomotiv drew 0-0, as did Terek and Rubin, meaning all sides failed to capitalise on each other’s draws in the hunt for a Europa League spot.

Down at the bottom, Amkar thrashed Alania 5-1 in Perm. Martin Jakubko scoring two in the first half and the home side were winning 3-0 at half time. Ognjen Vranjes gave Alania some hope but they managed an injury time collapse conceding two in the final two minutes. Alania remain bottom, 8 points adrift of safety. Amkar now 5 points clear of the relegation play off.

Volga also beat Rostov 2-1 away from home to give them further hope of survival, Artur Sarkisov getting both goals for them.


Full Results:

Rostov 1 – 2 Volga                            Spartak 0 – 0 Lokomotiv

Amkar 5 – 1 Alania                            Terek 0 – 0 Rubin

CSKA 1 – 0 Krasnodar                      Kuban 1 – 1 Dinamo

Anzhi 1 – 1 Krylya                             Zenit 1 – 0 Mordovia


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