Location: Rostov-on-Don, Stadion Olimp 2 Kick Off: 15:45 Attendance: 8,000
Score: Rostov 1-2 Krylya Sovetov – Gaţcan 23′ – Caballero 78′, Eliseev 90+2′. Bookings: Kalachev 45′ – Caballero 20′, Nemov 31′
Rostov XI: Pletikosa, Logashov, Bastos, Dyakov, Milic, Gaţcan, Sheshukov, Ananidze (Nikolic 88′), Kalachev (Poloz 73′), Kanga (Byung-Soo Yoo 82′), Dzyuba.
Krylya Sovetov XI: Veremko, Dragun (Zeballos 66′), Nadson, Amisulashvili, Nemov, Kornilenko, Pavlenko (Semshov 54′), Tsallagov, Adzhindzhal (Eliseev 66′), Goreux, Brown.
Both side were desperate for a win, both failing to win in their last 7 games. Rostov’s last win was a comfortable 4-0 win against Volga, Krylya’s last win was a 1-0 win against Tom’ Tomsk. Rostov would have looked to star man Dzyuba to lead them to victory but unfortunately this wasn’t one of his better displays for his temporary club. For Krylya Caballero came into the starting line up, replacing Kornilenko who bagged a brace against Lokomotiv Moscow. Caballero needed a good performance and he certainly made a good case for himself after getting on the score sheet.
Krylya started brightly as they manged to produce a couple of promising attacks. Krylya won a few early corners but disappointing deliveries meant nothing came of them. To add to the early pressure Krylya also had a penalty claim turned down, Goreux was brought down and their would have been mixed opinions on the decision, we have certainly seen them given before.
The penalty claim sparked Rostov into life and from then on they dominated the half as Dzyuba, Kalachev, Kanga and Ananidze started to work their magic. Dzyuba would have been slightly disappointed he didn’t open the scoring with his tame header from a Kalachev corner, the effort was gathered easily by Veremko. However Rostov didn’t have to wait long for their goal, Kalachev with another good corner but Krylya managed to clear, however not far as Ananidze had time and space on the dge of the area to volley an attempt towards goal, the volley caused problems for Veremko who could only palm the ball into Gaţcan’s path and the midfielder easily drilled the ball across the goal and into the bottom corner.
Shortly after the opener Ananidze had a glorious chance to double Rostov’s lead, he broke into the box after intercepting a pass from Logashov, he cut inside onto his right foot before firing an effort on goal, it was poor attempt and easy for Veremko to save. Ananidze’s teammate Kanga was far from happy after the wasted chance, the Gabonese was in plenty of space, as was Dzyuba.
The second half saw Rostov dominate the game, Krylya did have an early chance as Pletikosa made a good save, the ball then fell to Nemov but his effort was blocked and eventually cleared away from danger. After the early chance Rostov controlled the game and were helped by Krylya who struggled to keep hold of the ball.
Ananidze was played through one on one with the keeper, the 21-year-old tried his luck in taking it round Veremko but the keeper managed to bring the ball into his hands. Kalachev then had a chance saved, the ball then made it’s way to Kanga on the edge of the area but his attempt went just over the bar.
After some desperate defending and some fantastic blocks, Krylya finally managed to keep the ball outside their half and it was Rostov who had to muster up a moment of brilliant defending. Goreux put in a lovely cross towards Caballero, the striker looked certain to head the ball in but Bastos managed to get back and head the ball over the bar. Rostov then began to tire and that’s when Krylya pounced.
Goreux caused trouble on the edge of the box trying to hold the ball up, two defenders failed to get the ball clear and when the ball was poked away it went straight to the incoming Caballero, the striker took his opportunity as he drilled a low effort into the bottom corner.
Both sides battled hard to try and grab a much needed winner and the winner finally arrived in injury time. Goreux came in from the right, he then tried to play the ball out wide but with it deflecting off a defender the ball went into the box, rolling perfectly for Eliseev to shoot, not the most convincing of strikes but the ball managed to squeeze under Pletikosa and into the back of the net.
Rostov players and fans will be wondering how they ended up losing the game, they looked comfortable and you couldn’t see them losing but as we witness on a regular basis, football is indeed a cruel game. Krylya edged further away from the relegation play offs, 5 points now separating them from Ural.