Russia: Matchday 23 - CSKA Continue March Towards Title


CSKA Moscow continued their charge for the title with a solid 2-0 win over strugglers, Volga. It was the fifth sucessive victory for the division's top side who are still 8 points with 7 games still to play.

CSKA took the lead on the half hour mark via Alan Dzagoev after he tapped home after Elm's free kick rebounded off the post. The lead was doubled just 5 minutes later with Vagner Love similarly tapping in after Doumbia's header crashed against the crossbar. It was Love's 6th contribution to CSKA in 4 games with 3 goals and 3 assists. However Love managed to spoil his day by picking up 2 yellow cards in the last 5 minutes with two unnecessary fouls, the latter being a high boot on Nikolai Zaitsev. That sending off means he'll miss the crucial Moscow derby between Dinamo on Friday evening.
Volga never really managed to test Igor Akinfeev in the CSKA goal with the home side dominating the majority of the game but failed to raise the scoreline above two.


Elsewhere there was very little action to behold the RPL spectators with only 6 goals in the remaining 7 games including three 0-0s between Kuban-Anzhi, Mordovia-Krasnodar and Anzhi-Alania. Anzhi continued their very poor run of form and are now without a win in 5 games of which they have played all of the bottom three.


There was a poor showing from Zenit who beat Krylya Sovetov 1-0 in St Petersburg. A penalty was awarded after Hulk went over in the area but replays showed that the Brazilian striker had dived.
Krylya manager commented on the decision saying, “I think that the referees helped Zenit to win." He continued about regularly receiving poor decisions; "How good is it to regularly kill a team with small resources?"
Krylya will feel very aggrieved to have lost this game as they had opportunites to score and defended well against the sub-standard Zenit team.


Lokomotiv and Terek played out a 1-1 draw with all the action coming in the first 6 minutes. Jan Durica put Loko ahead on four minutes when he headed in Alexander Samedov's free-kick after a flick on from Denis Glushakov. Terek quickly equalised on six minutes through Mauricio after picking up a long ball from N'Douassel and driving a low ball past Guilherme from the edge of the area.
Time is running out for both teams in the hunt for Europe and both are in poor form. Lokomotiv are without a win in 5 games with Terek without a win in 6 games.


Spartak suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Rostov. The goal came courtesy of on-loan Zenit striker Danko Lazovic from the penalty spot. Rafael Carioca was responsible for the penalty after tripping Timofei Kalachev in the box. The win takes Rostov out of the relegation play off zone and 3 points clear of Volga.


Meanwhile Amkar and Dinamo drew 1-1 in Perm. Amkar took the lead after Georgi Peev converted a penalty kick following a push by Alexander Epureanu on Amkar defender Ivan Cherenchikov.
Dinamo equalised through Christian Noboa's sweetly struck free kick from 25 yards.
Dinamo head coach Dan Petrescu rued the referees decisions after not being awarded a penalty, he said; "We came to win, and we might have done that had we gotten at least one penalty in 23 games this season, the only thing we get is yellow cards."
Interestingly Anzhi are the only other team who have also not been awarded a penalty this season.


Full Results:


Amkar 1-1 Dinamo          CSKA 2-0 Volga

Rostov 1-0 Spartak          Lokomotiv 1-1Terek

Zenit 1-0 Krylya               Kuban 0-0 Rubin

Anzhi 0-0Alania               Mordovia 0-0 Krasnodar

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