Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spartak Moskva finds winning form under Valery Karpin

While only a temporary solution the Valery Karpin "era" for Spartak Moskva began with an important 2-0 victory over Terek Grozny. While the victory wasn't "convincing" and it was obvious the Spartak machine is not running on full cylinders, the return to the win column was important. Although there have been many high profile managers noted for the vacant position, Mr. Karpin's words prior to the match has been cited as the beacon to guide the players through tumultous times. In his first decisions as manager Russian U-21 keeper Soslan Dzhanayev was handed goalkeeping duties and youngsters Yevgeni Makeyev and Artem Dzyuba entered the starting eleven. After a scoreless start to the match veteran Denis Boyarintsev was the source of the opening goal as his cross into the box was parried out by Grozny 'keeper Andriy Dikan straight to Vladimir Bystrov to which the Russian international plowed the ball into the back of the net. Ten minutes later with Grozny exposed in the back, Spartak leap on the counter with Artem Dzyuba provided Welliton for a perfect finish from the top of the box to bring the match to the final 2-0 scoreline.