Russian Premier League: Matchday 10 Round-Up

Con Stamocostas summarises another week of action in the RPL...
The RPL Matchday 10 had thrashings and upsets galore with the biggest news being Kuban Krasnodar beating CSKA Moscow 1-0 at home sending the Kubantsy delirious.

Dinamo corrected their recent slide and beat Zenit 1-0 at home while Champions Rubin Kazan, in form Spartak Moscow and RPL wildcard‘s FC Moscow enjoyed the thrill of victory their respective games

Top Goal Scorers:
Welliton (Spartak Moscow) 7 goals, Dominguez (Rubin Kazan)5 goals, Pavel Pogrebnyak (Zenit) M Jakubko (FC Moscow), Alex (Spartak Moscow), S Semak (Rubin) four goals.


Saturn Moscow 0- 0 FC Tom' Tomsk

This first game of the round kicked off in Saturn at the Saturn Stadium and the Aliens held mid -table Tom Tomks to a 0-0 draw, the only tied game in the RPL this week.

It was Saturn’s second scoreless draw in a row under care-taker coach Andrey Gordeev and the 4,000 loyal Alien fans at least got to witness a better display from their team according to Saturn midfielder Petr Nemov who spoke to the Aliens website after the game.

“We improved our tactical training. Now we understand our play better. It is the thing that we lacked very much," he explained.

Tom Tomsk goes down to 12th position.

Form Guide- Last Five Games:  
Tom Tomsk - LWLDD  
Points: 12 Position: 12th

The Aliens – LLDDD  
Points: 7 Position: 15th

Spartak Moscow 5 -1 Amkar Perm'

Spartak Moscow ran riot at the Luzhniki Stadium against Amkar Perm and it was their two Brazilians Wellinton and Alex who caused most of the problems

Wellinton scored first with a header in the 10th minute, Vladimir Bystrov providing the cross.

Then after half time it was the other half of the menacing Brazilian duo Alex who scored right on the 51st minute, the inform Bystrov adding another assist to his tally.

The 12, 000 home fans where enjoying themselves, and in the last ten minutes their joy was intensified, as the goals flowed.

First substitute Nikita Bazhenov made it 3-0 on 80 minutes then six minutes latter Alex scored a beauty, chipping the ball over Amkar’s keeper Sergey Narubin for his second and Spartak’s fourth, 4-0.

Then it was Welliton’s turn to score again in the 88th minute; it was the Brazilian’s 7th goal of the season putting the striker on top of the RPL goal scorers list with 7 goals.  

The visitors could only settle for a consolation goal Ivan Starkov scoring from a rebound after a corner to make it 5-1.

Spartak has won four matches out five under their caretaker coach Valery Karpin  

Form Guide Last Five Games:

Spartak Moscow – WLWDW  
Points: 17 Position: 5th

Amkar Perm – LLDDL  
Points: 8 Position: 13th

Terek Grozny 2 – 0 FC Khimki

Terek is the only Chechen side in the RPL and have been beset by controversial referee decisions recently; this week they had no complaints as they got the win over bottom side Khimki at the Tsentralnyi Stadium, Pyatigorsk in front of 7,000 home supporters

A goal scored either side of the half time break to Terek by 26 year old midfielder Andrey Kobenko on nine minutes and another by 29 year old midfielder Shamil Lakhiyalov on 69 minutes gave the home team the victory.

Terek Grozny - DLDLW   
Points: 12 Position: 11th

FC Khimki - LDDDD   
Points: 4 Position: 16th

Rubin Kazan 2 -0 Lokomotiv Moscow

Rubin Kazan enjoyed a solid 2-0 home win over an ill disciplined Lokomtiv Moscow who had two players sent off at the Tsentralnyi Stadium in Kazan.

A healthy home support of 18,000 saw their captain Sergei Semak open the scoring in the 8th minute. The 33 year old smashing home a left foot volley after the ball bounced around in the area

Gokdeniz Karadeniz the 29 year old Turkish national team player scored a lovely goal of his own in the 47th minute; hitting a nice shot from outside the box, the ball was driven low and hard and the Railway boy’s keeper Marek Chech could not reach the bottom corner, 2-0.

Red cards for two of the Railway Boys in the second half killed the game as a contest. The first card was given to Slovakian international Jan Durica in 65th minute after scoring after the whistle and then kicking the ball away and Nigerian international Peter Odemwingie in the 74th minute for a high foot lunge on Rubin keeper.

The win allowed the Kazan team climb top of the Russian Premier League, with 21 points after CSKA Moscow failed to beat Kuban Krasnodar on Sunday.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

Rubin Kazan - LWWDW  
Points: 21 Position: 1st

Lokomotiv Moscow – LWDWL  
Points: 13 Position: 9th

Sunday May 24, 2009

FC Moscow 2 -0 Rostov-Na-Donu

After two consecutive draws FC Moscow returned to winning ways at home against FC Rostov.

A goal in each half the first to 24 year old midfielder Alexander Samedov in the 33rd minute, a nice pass by Héctor (The Braca) Bracamonte put Samedov unmarked in the box and he made it 1-0.

The tall Slovakian Martin Jakubko put the game to bed, the 29 year old making the score 2-0 in the 82nd minute.

FC Rostov’s Mikhail Rozhkov got a second yellow in 84th minute meaning he had to take an early shower.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

FC Moscow – WWDDW  
Points: 19, Position: 4th

Rostov-Na -Donu - DWWDD   
Points: 14, Position: 8th

Dinamo Moscow 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Dinamo got a good win at home by beating Zenit 1-0. Their young coach Andrey Kobelev  has attracted rumours in the Russian press that he may become Dick Advocaat’s replacement at Zenit;.The Dutchman is about to take charge of the Belgian national side.

Dinamo concentrated on defence in this game the hosts calmly waited for a chance to counter-attack, and finally got one near the end of the game.

The Saint Petersburg team controlled the ball for most of the match, but failed to create anything dangerous near Vladimir Gabulov’s goal.

Russia’s most expensive player Danny has an injury that has left the Portuguese star out of football for at least 6 months and thus the visitors lacked creativity in the absence of their key attacker.

Dinamo got the winning goal in the 84th minute through 33 year old midfielder Dmitri Khokhlov the veteran managed to outpace Anatoliy Tymoschuk and got on the end of a Kirill Kombarov’s cross to give the blue and whites a 1-0 lead at 84 minutes

Zenit had 25 year old midfielder Igor Denisov sent off in the 90th minute Russia’s national team midfielder got his second yellow for an act of simulation.

The win allowed Dinamo to pass Zenit in the RPL table. The Muscovites are currently in sixth place with 16 points.

The St Petersburg outfit fall from 5th to 7th.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

Dynamo Moscow –LLWLD  
Points: 16 Position: 6th

Zenit St Petersburg -DWLWL   
Points: 15 Position 7th

Spartak Nalchik 0- 1Kryliya Sovetov Samara

Former Celtic player, 31 year old Jiri Jarosik scored in the 44th minute to give Kryliya Sovetov a crucial away win at Spartak Stadium denting the10, 000 home crowds’ hopes for victory.  

Krylia now move to equal second, but third place on goal difference in the RPL table, which they share with CSKA and FC Moscow, all three teams have 19 points.

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

Spartak Nalchik – WLDDL   
Points: 7 Position: 14th

Kryliya Sovetov (Samara) - WLLWW  
Points: 19 Position: 3rd

Kuban Krasnodar1-0CSKA Moscow

Whatever name you call Kuban Krasnodar, whether it’s the Kubantsy as the home fans call them or the Canaries because of the team's colours, the name that suits them best this week is David after they beat the Goliaths of CSKA 1-0 at the Kuban Stadium in front of 24,0000 very happy Kubantsy.

Andrei Topchu was the hero for the Canaries, the 29 year old getting the goal in the 59th minute

Form Guide - Last Five Games:

FC Kuban Krasnodar - DDDLW  
Points: 12, Position: 10th

CSKA Moscow –LWWWL  
Points: 19 Position: 2nd

Stay tuned to action in the RPL, most of Europe shuts down for the summer break but the RPL is only a third of the way through.

Dasvidania, till next week.

Con Stamocostas,