Monday, March 23, 2009

Russian Premier League: Saturday Round-Up runs through the action from Russia's top flight, on a day when the favourites were humbled...

22 Mar 2009 10:04:30

11:00 Krylya Sovetov (Samara) 1-0 Amkar Perm

Kyryla Sovetov hosted the early game on Saturday, starting off the action in round two of the Russian Premier League.

Krylya Sovetov Samara triumphed over Amkar Perm, in front of 12,000 fans at the Metallurg Stadium in Samara

Jan Koller, the lamp-post like Czech international, scored in the 58th minute to give the home team victory. The win sees them sit atop of the table, alongside Dinamo Moscow on six points.
Their season has started well after last week’s away win against FK Tom Tomsk.

Amkar Perm have only one point so far this season, following a draw to FC Rostov last week; a slow start by them but it's still early in the campaign.Krylya Sovetov Samara finished sixth in 2008, and are the surprise package so far in 2009.Watch out for players like the Czech international, Jiri Jarosik, who has played for Celtic and Chelsea, Brazilian defender Leiton Silva and highly rated Russians, Yevgeny Savin and Oleg Ivanov.

12:00 Kuban Krasnoda-1- 0 Spartak Moscow

A crowd of 26,000 at the Kuban Stadium saw Michael Laudrup’s Spartak Moscow lose away to Kuban Krasnoda by 1-0.

Unfortunately for Spartak, their best chance was missed by the Brazilian striker, Alex, who failed to convert a penalty in the 21st minute.

That miss proved costly for the Championship favourites, as Dramane Traore, the 26-year-old Malian who is on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow, scored what would eventually be the winner for Kuban in the 31st minute.

The team, also known as the Cossacks, got the season under way in earnest with their first points of the season, and the home fans, the Kubantsy, will be happy with such a great result against Spartak Moscow.

One point from two games is not the start Spartak would have anticipated for the 2009 season; after only two games, the pressure will be on coach Michael Laudrup. 13:15

Dinamo Moscow 3-2 FK Khimki

In a high scoring game, Dinamo Moscow, the oldest football club in Russia, triumphed over FK Kimki by 3-2.

In front of a crowd of 10,523 at the Noviye Khimki Stadium, Dinamo claimed their second win in a row; both of them at home.

Meanwhile, FK Kimki have played two away games and have only earned one point from their travels.

Dinamo’s 18-year-old striker, Aleksandr Kokorin, was the first to score for the home side; netting in the 21st minute.

Only six minutes later, Eidar Nizamutdinov got one back for Khimki, making the score 1-1.

A penalty, converted by Russian international striker, Alexander Kerzhakov, gave Dinamo back the lead. However, close to half-time, FK Khimki again equalised with Serbian defender Miodrag Jovanovic getting the away team back on level terms.

The deadlock was broken in the 60th minute of the second-half, when substitute defender, Aleksandr Dimidko put Dinamo 3-2 ahead. And that is how it stayed to the final whistle; Dinamo getting the three points and a share of the lead at the top of the League. 15:30

FC Moscow 0-0 Terek Groznyi

No such result for FC Moscow though, as they could only manage a scoreless draw with Terek Groznyi to round out Saturday’s matches.The team from Grozny, situated in the Chechen Republic in Russia, amassed a total of total of seven yellow cards during the game, with FC Moscow accruing three. This gives some indication of the type of game it was.
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