Monday, October 6, 2008

Rosgosstrakh Championship of Russia - week 24

Week twenty-four of the Rosgosstrakh Championship of Russia completed with few surprises. The story of the weekend is surely Rubin Kazan's march towards the title seems to be a mere formality and Zenit Saint Petersburg's stunning 8-1 devastation of Luch-Energiya Vladivostok in front of their loyal followers at Petrovski Stadium

Rubin Kazan - 3
Spartak Nalchik - 0

The party has begun as Rubin Kazan is on the verge of clinching the tight. Pressing early Aleksandr Bukharov gave them the lead two minutes into the match before Serbian football legend Savo Milošević netted the first of his two goals fourteen minutes later. Spartak Nalchik was not able to mount a successful attack and nine minutes after the break Savo Milošević added his second of the match.

Dynamo Moscow - 2
Saturn Moscow - 1

The match got off with a fiery start with two penalties awarded in the first twenty minutes. Luke Wilkshire was denied by Antonin Kinsky with a brilliant start but five minutes later Saturn Moscow's Andrei Karyaka converted on a penalty to give them the lead. Dynamo, strapped with enormous injury problems had only twelve field players problems for the match, pressed seventeen year-old Aleksandr Kokorin into action. Entering the match at the break, he consistently poised problems for the Oblast defenders and with eighteen minutes left he broke free on a through ball and struck a powerful right foot shot into the net. Taking his cue with chants of "Dynamo" urging them on, Aleksandr Kerzhakov found the winner with seven minutes left.

Tom' Tomsk - 0
Lokomotiv Moscow - 1

Tomsk kept a very tight reign on this match and with it looking like it was heading to a scoreless draw, Lokomotiv' Dmitri Sychev was the hero of the day, scoring with twelve minutes remaining. The victory keeps Lokomotiv's European efforts alive as they push for a UEFA Cup spot.

Spartak Moscow - 0
Samara Kryliya Sovetov - 1

In an extremely tight midfield dominated match Oleg Ivanov scored with sixteen minutes left. Meat continued to press but efforts were thwarted as Vladimir Bystrov was red-carded four minutes later. While pressing for the equalizer, Mozart was given a red card on a dubious call with two minutes remaining and the nine-man Spartak went down to defeat.

FC Moscow - 2
Shinnik Yaroslav - 1

Buoyed with confidence the Citizens defeated Shinnik with a tactically superb plan and rarely exposed themselves to an attack. Twenty two minutes into the match, Alexander Samedov gave them the lead with Hector Bracamonte doubling the margin fifteen minutes after the break. Dmitri Kudriashov scored a consolation goal for Shinnik as time ran out but it was FC Moscow's day as they were victorious 2-1.

Amkar Perm'- 0
Terek Grozny - 0

Terek Grozny reveled in the opportunity to play the "spoiler" as they held the Red-blacks to a scoreless draw. Romanian internationals Florentin Petre and Andrei Mărgăritescu led Grozny in a tactically brilliant team effort to control Amkar Perm's efforts. The draw is extremely costly to them as they tumble three points behind Dynamo at fourth.

CSKA Moscow - 2
Khimki - 1

Valery Gazzaev has Koni in perfect form as they easily handled Khimki. Russian international Aleksei Berezutski gave CSKA the lead two minutes past the half hour with the highly promising twenty year-old midfielder Pavel Mamayev doubling the score at the sixty-seven minute mark. Igor Akinfeev clean sheet was eliminated on a own goal as time expired but otherwise it was a perfect played match for CSKA Moscow.

And finally while not the "match of the weekend" this certainly raised a number of eyebrows:

Zenit St Petersburg - 8
Luch-Energiya Vladivostok - 1

Clearly this match was a "message" by Dick Advocaat and company as scorelines of this magnitude are done for a reason. Whilst Zenit's hopes for the Championship and the Russian Cup have faded and they certainly have their backs to the wall in the Champions League, they will not go quietly through this season. Ultimate leader Anatoliy Tymoschuk rose to the occasion as Fatih Tekke added three goals, Danni had two and Alejandro Dominguez,Roman Shirokov and Andrei Arshavin each added their name to the score-sheet with Vitaliy Bulyga netting the lone goal for Vladivostok in this absolute blow-out.

Rosgosstrakh Championship of Russia
Rubin Kazan 24 15 6 3 35 16 51
CSKA Moscow 24 12 8 4 38 19 44
Dynamo Moscow 24 12 7 5 34 25 43
Amkar Perm' 24 11 7 6 24 16 40
Zenit St Petersburg 23 10 7 6 48 29 37
Kryliya Sovetov Samara 24 9 10 5 35 21 37
Spartak Moscow 24 9 9 6 36 32 36
Lokomotiv Moscow 23 9 7 7 28 26 34
FC Moscow 24 8 8 8 26 27 32
Spartak Nalchik 24 8 5 11 24 29 29
Terek Grozny 24 8 5 11 20 33 29
Tom' Tomsk 24 7 4 13 20 33 25
Saturn Moscow 23 6 7 10 21 25 25
Luch-Energiya Vladivostok 24 3 10 11 21 42 19
Khimki 24 3 8 13 25 47 17
Shinnik Yaroslav 23 3 6 14 22 37 15