Saturday, May 23, 2009

Spartak Moskva defeats Amkar Perm 5-1

The Valery Karpin era for Spartak Moskva continued its outstanding start with a picturesque 5-1 victory over Amkar Perm at Luzhniki Stadium. With the victory Спартак is now fifth in the table on only four points behind league-leader Rubin Kazan.

Working like a fine twelve-cylinder engine, Spartak opened the scoring ten minutes in as Vladimir Bystrov drove down the right flank, turning at the byline before outmaneuvering the Amkar defender and softly chipped into the box for Wellington to head in. The margin was doubled eight minutes after the break via Vladimir Bystrov's creativity once again as he work for the edge of box to the right, sending a cross near the spot that former Internacional-man Alex headed in with power. Nikita Bazhenov, who had just entered the match a few minutes earlier, made it 3-0 with twenty-one minutes left as he was played through on the right channel before driving the ball in from ten metres. Still on the hunt for goals, Alex added his second of the day with four minutes left as he sent a clever chip over the 'keeper who had strayed to far off his line from the edge of the area. Wellington made it 5-0 a few minutes later as he circumvented Amkar 'keeper Sergei Narubin after be played through and pounded the ball in. Ivan Starkov added a late consolation goal for Amkar to bring the match to a 5-1 conclusion but there is no disputing that under Mr. Karpin's leadership, Spartak is a club to be reckoned with.