Russian Premier League – Round 2 Review

On Friday, there was an expected a good match up between Dinamo and Anzhi in Moscow. And so it turned out to be as the home side ran out 2-1 winners in controversial circumstances. 20 year old Pavel Solomatin opened the scoring for Dinamo after 26 minutes with only his second goal for the club. Anzhi were reduced to 10 men after Ewerthon brought down Solomatin to deny a goalscoring opportunity. The away side finally equalised late on in the second half through a Chris Samba header on 83 minutes in his first start since his return. The controversy came deep into injury time as Marko Lomic aimed a cross, it struck the arm of Carcela from very close range with the penalty being converted by Voronin.

Tomsk were defeated at home to Kuban 1-2. All the action came in the first half as Kuban were 2-0 up after 13 minutes with goals from Ibrahima Balde and a lovely curling effort from Aras Ozbiliz. The home side got a goal back just 10 minutes later through a neatly struck free kick from Kirill Panchenko but the defeat leaves them without a point after two games. Kuban still unbeaten in the league in 2013.

Lokomotiv got their first win of the campaign with a 1-2 win over Volga. A rare goal from Maicon opened the scoring in the second half only for Mulumba Mukendi to equalise just 5 minutes later with his second in as many games. An even rarer goal for Roman Shishkin won the game with 3 minutes left on the clock, it’s just his fourth league goal for the club in three years.

Terek and Amkar played out a 1-1 draw in Grozny. Igor Lebedenko opened the scoring after a good run and some fortunate bounces allowed him to be one-on-one with Narubin and slot into the far corner. The away side equalised through Martin Jakubko 10 minutes into the second half.

Rubin completed a fantastic turnaround against Zenit in Kazan. Danny opened the scoring for the away side after just 6 minutes, tapping in a bouncing ball from a yard in a goal-snatching kind of fashion. The home side equalised through Karadeniz after a mistimed bicycle kick ended up with him on the floor with the ball, he was able to quickly get up and slot past the unsuspecting Lodigin.Rubin won the game with another late goal after Solomon Rondon’s header escaped the diving Lodigin into the corner of the goal five minutes into injury time to win 2-1.

Spartak did what CSKA couldn’t do last week in beating Ural in Yekaterinburg, 0-2. Aiden McGeady scored the first goal five minutes into the second half, just managing to get his foot to a low ball from Pavel Parshivlyuk. Emmanuel Emenike wrapped the game up in the 90th minute after reacting quickest to a McGeady shot hitting the woodwork.

Meanwhile it finished a 2-2 draw between Rostov and Krasnodar. Marcio Abreu opened with a sweetly struck volley from the edge of the area, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. The away side weren’t ahead for long however after Timofey Kalachev equalised just two minutes later. Rostov went ahead in the second half after Artem Dzyuba scored his third goal of the season via the penalty spot after Alexander Martynovich dragged down Gatcan. Wanderson equalsied with two minutes to play to end Rostov’s hopes of victory.

And finally, CSKA turned it around against Krylya to win 2-1 in Moscow. It was a manic first 20 minutes as the home side started dreadfully with Georgi Schennikov being sent off after just 8 minutes after pulling down Luis Caballero on the edge of the area. 5 minutes later CSKA got themselves in a mess defensively, resulting in Dzagoev tapping the ankle of Ilya Maksimov in the area to give away a penalty, Maksimov stepped up himself to convert. Krylya had a goal disallowed two minutes later when Maksimov was caught offside after Dragun’s header hit the bar. 5 minutes after that, a very soft penalty was awarded to CSKA when Vagner Love was brought down, Dzagoev stepped up but put his kick over the bar. CSKA got better as the game went on with some neat passing displays but the away side held firm. The arrival of Seydou Doumbia kicked off the charge for the home side, just seconds after being introduced, Dzagoev played Doumbia in, he rode a challenge and equalised. 12 minutes later, CSKA were ahead, Taranov brought down Doumbia in the area for the third penalty of the match and the man himself stepped up to score the winner.

Full Results:

Dinamo 2-1 Anzhi            Rubin 2-1 Zenit
Tomsk 1-2 Kuban             Ural 0-2 Spartak
Volga 1-2 Lokomotiv     Rostov 2-2 Krasnodar
Terek 1-1 Amkar              CSKA 2-1 Krylya

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