Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Russian Premier League Match Day 13

The summer break is over and the action in the Russian Premier League resumed last week with Rubin Kazan getting two wins to go top of the RPL table.

Elsewhere there were good wins for Zenit and Spartak Moscow. While an assassins bullet almost killed the father of a Lokomtive player. Read on as the action in Russia’s Premier league continues.

Top & Bottom

European Places (Top two qualify for Champions’ League Group, third qualifies for the Champions League second qualifying round. Fourth- and fifth-placed teams qualify for the newly named UEFA Europa League)

Rubin Kazan 27pts, Spartak Moscow 23pts, FC Moscow 23pts, Zenit St. Petersburg 22pts, CSKA Moscow 19pts; Kryliya Sovetov (Samara) 20pts, Dinamo Moscow 20pts,

Relegation Places (The bottom two teams are relegated to the First Division)

Spartak Nalchick 9pts; FC Khimki 7pts.

Top Scorers

Wellington (Spartak Moscow) 8 goals, A. Kerzakhov(Dinamo) Sergey Kornilenko (Tom Tomsk) Pancu (FC Moscow) 6 goals.

Monday 6 July

FC Khimki 2-3 Rubin Kazan

Bottom placed Khimki took the lead as early as the ninth minute through a Maksim Zinoviev goal against current champions Rubin.

The home side spirits where dashed by a hatrick by 24 year old Russian striker Alexander Bukharov who scored on 21, 56 and 63 minutes to make the score 3-1.

Ivan Cvetkovic (87) pulled one back for the home side but it was too late.

Form Guide- Last Five Games

FC Khimki - DDLLL
Points: 4 Position: 16th

Rubin Kazan - WDWLW

Points: 24 Position: 1st

Friday 10 July

FC Khimki 1-0 Saturn Moscow

Finally Khimki can celebrate as the beat the Aliens of Saturn Moscow to register their first win of the season, midfielder Yuri Kirillov the hero getting the winner in the 50th minute.

After two wins in a row you could say the Aliens came down to earth with that loss.

Form Guide- Last Five Games

FC Khimki - DLLLW
Points: 7 Position: 16th

The Aliens – DDWWL
Points: 13 Position: 12th

Saturday 11 July

Amkar Perm 3-1 Dinamo Moscow

A surprise result for Amkar who are slowly but surely climbing up the table with 7 points gained from their last 9.

Goals to Nikolai Zhilyaev (5), Dmitri Belorukov (11) and Vitali Grishin (23) gave Amker a three goal lead early on. A consolation goal to Dinamo defender Denis Kolodin in the 67th minute gave the score some respectability for the blue and whites.

Form Guide- Last Five Games

Dynamo Moscow –LDWWD
Points: 20 Position: 7th

Amkar Perm – DLLWW
Points: 14 Position: 12th

Kryliya Sovetov 1- 2 Rubin Kazan

With accusations of match fixing surrounding Kryliya Sovetov and their matchday 12 game against Terek Grozny, the team located on the sea side town of Samara seems to have been affected by the recent controversy.

After challenging for top spot Krylia Sovetov have lost ground and are now 6th after losing to Rubin Kazan who have picked up two wins in the past week to move to top spot.

Veteran Rubin midfielder and Captain Sergei Semak put Rubin ahead after 21 minutes. The tall Czech bean pole striker Jan Koller equalised for the home team showing some great individual skill, taking one touch to handle a long ball and another to score past Rubin’s keeper Sergey Ryzhikov.

The current RPL champions regained the lead in the second half. The ball ricocheted off the defensive wall after a free-kick and went straight to Aleksandr Bukharov, who fired it in from close range, 2-1.

That was Bukharov’s fourth goal of the week after getting a hat trick against Khimki a few days earlier.


Form Guide- Last Five Games

Kryliya Sovetov (Samara) - WWDLL
Points: 20 Position: 4th

Rubin Kazan - DWLWW
Points: 25 Position: !st

Terek Grozny 1 - 1 CSKA Moscow

Terek Grozny who was also involved in a recent match fixing scandal was held to a draw at home by CSKA who have lost some power in recent weeks.

Tall Czech striker Tomas Necid opened the scoring for the Army Men of CSKA, the 19 year old netting on 68 minutes. Only two minutes later Romanian international striker Pancu got his 6th goal of the season and equaliser for the team from Chechnya.

Form Guide- Last Five Games

Terek Grozny - LWDWD
Points: 16 Position: 10th


Points: 19 Position: 2nd

Rostov-Na –Donu 0- 1Spartak Moscow

Spartak scored an impressive away win over Rostov. Brazilian Wellinton climbed up the goal scoring table with his eighth goal of the season so far.

Spartak Moscow now moves up to outright 2nd with that win.

Form Guide- Last Five Games

Rostov-Na -Donu - DLDWL
Points: 18, Position: 8th

Spartak Moscow – DWLWW

Points: 23 Position: 2nd

Zenit St Petersburg 1 - 0 FC Moscow

Croatian international Ivica Krizanac scored a great defenders goal as Zenit beat the Citizens of Moscow 1-0 at the Petrovski Stadium.

After being first at the end of Matchday 12 the Citizens are now equal 2nd with Spartak Moscow four points behind Rubin Kazan.

Zenit climb from 7th to 4th after that win.


Form Guide- Last Five Games:

Zenit St Petersburg-LLWDW
Points: 22 Position 4th

FC Moscow – DWDWL
Points: 23, Position: 1st

Lokomotiv Moscow 0 - 0 FK Tom' Tomsk

The Railway boys could only manage a goalless draw at home to Tom Tomsk.

Form Guide- Last Five Games:

Lokomotiv Moscow – WLWLD
Points: 17 Position: 9th

Tom Tomsk- DDLLD

Points: 13 Position: 13th

FC Kuban Krasnodar 2-2 Spartak Nalchik

An exciting 2-2 draw between the Kubantsy and Spartak Nalchik saw goals at the end of each half categorise this game.

First Artur Tlisov put the Canaries ahead on 44 minutes then a minute later Nalchick defender Brazilian Leandro equalised 1-1 at the break.

Tall Mali striker Dramane Traore then put the Kubansty ahead before Belarus Striker Artem Kontsevoy hushed the Kubansty victory songs by scoring right at the death, 2-2 the end score.

Form Guide- Last Five Games:

FC Kuban Krasnodar - DLWLD
Points: 13, Position: 11th

Spartak Nalchik –LDDLD

Points: 8 Position: 15th

RPL Top Performer:

Rubin Kazan’s in form striker Alexander Bukharov’s fourth goal of the week helped the champions beat Krylia Sovetov 2-1. The striker got a hat trick against Khimki a few days earlier and gave the champions top spot on the RPL ladder.

RPL Odd Spot:

Peter Odemwingie senior, the father of Nigeria international and Lokomotiv Striker, Peter Odemwingie, had a close brush with death on Tuesday the 7th of July when the car he was driving in was shot at by people suspected to be hired assassins.

According to the Business Day newspaper, Odemwingie senior was on his way home in Benin City, southern Nigeria, when his car was fired at repeatedly.

Reports in the paper said that Odemwingie escaped unhurt as police appeared at the scene of the incident almost immediately.

RPL Hot Spot

Rubin Kazan winning two games in a week to climb to top spot and four points ahead of the pack on the RPL ladder.

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