Monday, April 20, 2009

Russian Premier League: Matchday 5 Round Up

A controversial round in the Russian Premier League this week as Zenit St. Petersburg face losing points after drawing 1-1 with Lokomotiv Moscow. Following the game it was revealed that Zenit had fielded a total of seven foreign players at once – one more than allowed under league rules.

At the news conference after the game, Zenit coach Dick Advocaat admitted it had been his fault.A decision on the incident will be taken next week.Rubin went to the top of the league while Spartak Moscow won 2-0, a result that would have had recently sacked coach Michael Laudrup looking on in astonishment.

Here is all the rest of the weekend's action

SaturdayTom Tomsk 1- 0 Spartak Nalchik

The Trud Stadium was the venue for the clash between Tom Tomsk and Spartak Nalchik.The 9,000 home fans who attended headed home happy, content in the knowledge that Belarus striker Sergey Kornilenko scored the winner for Tom Tomsk.

The 25 year old grabbed the winner in the77th minute to give the Tomskies their second win of the season, as they moved three places up to ninth.


Tom Tomsk: LWLDW
Points: 4 Position: 12

Spartak Nalchik: LDLDL
Points: 2 Position: 15

Saturn Moscow 0-1 FC Moscow

The Aliens of Saturn Moscow suffered a 1-0 loss to in-form FC Moscow in front of their own fans at the Saturn Stadium.The 9,000-strong support saw Argentinian Hector Bracamonte score what ended up being the winner.

The long haired striker known as “Braca” sealed the three points in the 76th minute. There was drama late on as defender Dmitri Tarasov earned a red card in the 83rd minute for FC Moscow.

You could say that Saturn ran rings around FC Moscow in the last few minutes but it wouldn’t be true as FC Moscow held on for the points. FC Moscow climbs up to sixth place while Saturn orbit 13th position.


The Aliens:
Points: 4 Position: 13th

FC Moscow:
Points: 8 Position: 6th

Spartak Moscow 2-0 Terek Grozny

The news off the field of the sacking of Danish legend Michel Laudrup was the major talking point before this game was played.

As always happens once a coach gets sacked the players were out to impress the new one. So caretaker coach Valery Karpin would have been happy to see 25-year-old Russian international midfielder Vladimir Bystrov and Brazilian Wellington score in the 72nd and 82nd minutes respectively.

The team from Chechnya only had a red card for Mikhail Mischenko in 57th minute to speak of at the Luzhniki Stadium. Michael Laudrup was probably asking why they didn’t play like that for the last month; 15,000 Spartak Moscow fans were probably wondering the same thing.


Spartak Moscow:
Points: 7 Position: 7

Terek Grozny:
Points: 7 Position: 8

Rostov 0 - 0 Kryliya Sovetov (Samara)

The SKA SKVO Stadium was the backdrop for 17,000 fans to witness a nil all draw played out between newly promoted Rostov and league leaders Kryliya Sovetov (Samara).

The team from Samara drop back to third on goal difference while Rostov hang in 10th position.


FC Rostov:
Points: 6 Position: 10

Kryliya Sovetov (Samara):
Points: 10 Position: 3


Amkar Perm 1-0 Kuban Krasnodar

Amkar Perm ended their difficult start to the season finally getting a 1-0 win over the canaries of Kuban Krasnodar.The 11,500 fans at the Zvezda Stadium would have been shaking from the cold and the withdrawal symptoms before the game as that winning feeling had eluded the Perm’s so far this season.

Russian defender Ivan Cherenchikov scored in the 16th minute for the hosts as Amkar Perm climbed from 15th position up to 11th.

Form Guide
Amkar Perm: DLDDW
Points: 6 Position:11th

FC Kuban Krasnodar:
Points: 4 Position: 14

Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 Zenit St Petersburg

A controversial game ended in a 1-1 draw but that will not be the end of it.

Zenit scored through South Korean international left-back Dong-jin Kim who found himself on the end of a great cross from the right hand side from Viktor Faitzulin.

The 27 year-old, who has started in three consecutive games for Zenit, flew in the air, hanging to head the ball forcefully into the net - a sight which sent the Zenit fans that were situated right behind the goal into ecstasy.

In the 70th minute Lokomotiv Moscow equalised. A corner was swung in from the left, it was flicked into the path of Brazilian defender Bentas Rodolfo whose header flew into top left hand side of the goal.After three minutes of injury time the referee blew the full time whistle.

The railway boys would have been content with the draw, aware that Zenit had created more chances and had an extra man, as the referee had no option but to send off Montenegro international defender Marko Basa.

Lokomotiv held on for the last 13 minutes, but could receive all three points as following the game it was revealed that Zenit had fielded a total of seven foreign players at once – one more than allowed under league rules.

Lokomotiv Moscow:
Points: 6 Position: 12

Zenit St Petersburg:
Points: 9 Position: 4

FC Khimki 0-3 CSKA Moscow

Serbian international Milos Krasic scored a hat-trick to help the Zico coached CSKA Moscow to a 3-0 away win at Khmki.The 24 year-old midfielder scored the goals in the fifth, 31st and 74th minutes of play.

This result moved the army men three places up the RPL ladder to second place with 10 points, a solitary point behind leaders Rubin Kazan.

The soldiers also have scored the most goals so far this RPL season with 10.

The majority of 9,000 fans at the Rodina Stadium in Khmki would have been sullenly walking home as they had to digest two 3-0 thrashings in consecutive weeks after Kryliya Sovetov (Samara) beat them last week.

Khimki prop up the table and have conceded 11 goals so far.

Form Guide

FC Khimki:
Points: 1 Position: 16

CSKA Moscow:

Points: 10 Position: 2

FK Rubin Kazan 3-0 Dinamo Moscow

Rubin Kazan are at last starting to behave like the champions after handing in-form Dinamo Moscow a 3-0 thrashing at the Tsentralnyi Stadium in front of 12,000 very happy fans.

The win takes Rubin to the top of the RPL summit as they moved from third to first with this win and it was the Rubin fans turn to sing “we are top of the league” this week.

After five games Rubin have only conceded one goal and have best defensive record in the RPL.

Russian defender Roman Sharonov was responsible for the first goal of the game, the 33 year-old international scoring in the 10th minute.

The second goal was scored by the in-form number 10 Argentinian Alejandro Dominguez in the 20th minute.

The misery was compounded for Dinamo as one of their own, midfielder Kirill Kombarov, put the ball through their goal in the 76th minute.

Dinamo Moscow drop down to 4th place after being joint top last week.

Form Guide
Dinamo Moscow:
Points: 9 Position: 4

Rubin Kazan:
Points: 11 Position: 1

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