The RPL league season sadly came to an end on Thursday but it certainly wasn’t a disappointing end to the campaign. There were twenty-six goals to cheer about, a champion was crowned, the Europa League places were settled and there was also some thrilling games on show, three of which saw fans witnessing five goals.
CSKA Moscow 1-0 Lokomotiv Moscow
The biggest game of the weekend saw a Moscow derby between CSKA and Lokomotiv, if CSKA won they would retain their title, something we didn’t see happening a few weeks ago. Early on in the game Mário Fernandes was able to pick put Dzagoev with his cross, the Russian midfielder was able to turn and get a shot off, but sadly for him he was denied by a block. Lokomotiv responded with a chance of their own, a decent corner in from Samedov found Ćorluka, but it wasn’t a great header and CSKA were able to clear. Dzagoev had another chance in the first half, Elm delivered a fantastic freekick into the box and Dzagoev was unmarked, but he could only header just wide. Tošić came close with his freekick just before the break, he was able to get his attempt over the ball but unfortunately just over the bar as well. CSKA found the breakthrough shortly after the restart, in the 47th minute, Tošić pounced on Ćorluka’s pass to Mykhalyk, the winger charged towards Lokomotiv’s box and his effort went in off the post to send CSKA fans into ecstasy.
Kuban’ Krasnodar 1-4 Zenit St. Petersburg
After their loss last week the title was out of Zenit’s hand’s, they had to win and hope that CSKA draw or loss to Lokomotiv. Zenit got down to business and took the lead in the 15th minute, Danny fed a brilliant pass through to Witsel and the Belgian was able to poke his chance past Belenov, the Kuban keeper won’t want to see the goal again after seeing the ball go through his legs. Just after the half an hour mark Zenit doubled their lead, Danny played the ball out wide to Criscito, the left back provided a great cross for Rondón to head from six yards out. Zenit made it 3-0 six minutes after the break, a quick counter attack ended with Shatov controlling Danny’s pass before firing his shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Twenty-two minutes before the end of the game saw Kuban get on the score sheet, Sosnin played the ball forward to Ignatyev, who then picked out the unmarked Melgarejo for an easy tap in. Kaboré almost pulled another goal back for Kuban in the 73rd minute, his long range shot was just wide of the goal. Zenit wrapped up the scoring in style, Faizulin played the ball through to Hulk, the Brazilian had all the time in the world to get past Belenov with some stepovers before tapping into the empty net.
Spartak Moscow 3-2 Dinamo Moscow
The other Moscow derby saw Spartak face Dinamo, both have been fighting for a Europa League place most of the season. Dinamo went into this game with their place already secured, while Spartak had to hope they could win and that Amkar would beat Krasnodar. Rebrov was called into some early action, Ionov’s corner found Fernández and his powerfully header was punched away by Rebrov. Dinamo were able to get the ball back into the box and Noboa headed Dzsudzsák’s cross just wide. Seven minutes before the break Dinamo took the lead in brilliant fashion, Wilkshire’s long ball forward found Florescu in plenty of space and the Romanian tremendously fired an unstoppable shot across goal and into the top corner.
Twenty-three seconds into the second half Dinamo doubled their lead, Kozlov nicked the ball away from Özbiliz, Yusupov then picked out Ionov, who cut back past Kombarov to drill his shot past Rebrov. In the 56th minute Spartak grabbed a goal back, Jurado brilliantly skipped past Wilkshire and Douglas before excellently curling his shot into the corner. Dyadyun came close to scoring one of the goals of the season and Dinamo’s third, Ionov supplied the cross and Dyadyun tried a spectacular overhead kick which went just wide of the post. In the 70th minute Spartak were level, a terrific charge forward from Parshivlyuk saw him breeze past four players before slotting the ball past Gabulov. In the 77th minute Jurado’s short freekick hit the back of the referee’s heels but it sat up perfectly for Rafael Carioca to strike from range, his effort was just kept out by Gabulov. Deep into injury time a Spartak freekick found Kombarov near the back post and his header back across struck the hand of Yusupov, the penalty was given and Kombarov took responsibility and coolly put the spot kick into the bottom corner, winning the game for Spartak in the process.
Amkar Perm’ 2-2 Krasnodar
Krasnodar travelled to Perm and they had hopes of securing a Europa League spot, in order to do that all they needed was a point. It was the hosts that found themselves in front first, in the 20th minute Sirakov gave the ball to Peev, the Amkar captain turned and laid the ball off to Vassiljev just outside the area, his first time effort flew past Sinitsyn and into the bottom corner. The lead didn’t last long as five minutes later Krasnodar were level, Gazinskiy ball over the top saw Gerus rush out to knock the ball away from Wanderson, but in doing this he gave the ball to Pereyra and he easily put the ball into the empty net. Ten minutes into the second half and Krasnodar were ahead, a lovely move saw Joãozinho cut the ball back to Laborde, who then found Pereyra, his pass towards Jędrzejczyk was then cut out by Kanunnikov, but luckily for Krasnodar the tackle knocked the ball to Petrov, who was able to stroke the ball in. In the 64th minute Amkar were once again level, Sirakov’s through ball picked out an unmarked Picuşceac, who controlled before firing past Sinitsyn.
Tom’ Tomsk 3-2 Rostov
Tom weren’t able to move anywhere in the table and knew they have to face an FNL in order to survive the drop, Rostov on the other hand were looking to secure 7th spot. The home side got off to the perfect start when Golyshev’s cross saw Nekhajchik fantastically head into the top corner. In the 52nd minute Tom were able to get their second with a bit of luck, Nekhajchik’s shot was saved by Amelchenko, Golyshev’s follow up was then headed up into the air, Bastos and Panchenko both jumped for the ball and as Panchenko was falling to the ground the ball hit his leg and went in. Three minutes later Panchenko scored his second and Tom’s third, Golyshev once again in volved, this time he fed the ball out wide to Portnyagin, who played the ball across goal to Panchenko and the twenty-four-year-old had an easy tap in. In the 83rd minute Rostov pulled a goal back, Sinama-Pongolle clipped the ball to the back post and Poloz was there to score with a diving header. This is when Rostov were reduced to ten men, Kanga raced to get the ball out of the goal and needlessly pushed Rykov into the post. Rostov’s second came a minute from time, Mureşan’s header back to Cebanu saw Sinama-Pongolle nip in to head past the Tom keeper.
Volga 1-2 Ural
These two sides experienced very different weekend’s last week, Ural celebrated their survival, while Volga’s relegation was confirmed. Ural took the lead just before the break, Dantsev burst down the left before cutting the ball back to the edge of the area, after releasing the ball Dantsev was brought down by Polczak and the referee awarded a penalty. Koman stepped up and drilled the penalty into the bottom corner, Pareiko wasn’t too far away from making a save. In the 74th minute Ural doubled their lead, Acevedo’s freekick from a wide area was headed in by Sapeta, this was his first goal of the season. Nine minutes from time Volga were able to get a goal back, Karyaka played a brilliant ball through the Ural defence and Sarkisov managed to lift the ball over Zabolotnyi and in.
Rubin Kazan 1-1 Terek Grozny
Just before the hour mark Terek grabbed the lead with a great set piece, Maurício’s freekick was excellently delivered and this allowed Semenov to race in and power his header past Ryzhikov. Terek’s lead didn’t last long as two minutes later Rubin made things level again. Wakaso’s low curling shot from distance could only be palmed away by Godzyur, but unfortunately for the keeper he palmed the ball into the path of Mullin, the youngster smashed in his chance and ran off celebrating his first goal for Rubin. The draw means Rubin finish in 9th place, while Terek finished 12th after securing their RPL status last week.
Anzhi 0-1 Krylya Sovetov
Anzhi were relegated last week and were just hoping to end the season with a home win, Krylya were in a similar boat, their awful form means they’ll have to play in a play-off game in order to survive, they were hoping to end the league season with a win ahead of two important games. Bilyaletdinov had a good chance for Anzhi, he controlled a cross with his chest and unfortunately for him a defender came across to block his effort. Soon after Bilyaletdinov had another chance, this time his effort found it’s way past two defenders and forced Veremko into making a save. Anzhi continued to try and break the deadlock, Akhmedov’s long range attempt whistled just past the post. Anzhi were then denied twice by Veremko, the Krylya keeper making a fine double save, first saving Aliyev’s freekick and then blocking Bystrov’s follow up. Just before the hour mark Krylya took the lead, Pavlenko shrugged off Mkrtchyan and then passed to Kornilenko, he left the pass and the ball found Delkin, who was left unmarked and his finish went past Kerzhakov and in off the post. Anzhi almost found a leveller, Bilyaletdinov’s corner found Serderov at the back post, however he could only slice his shot wide. In the 93rd minute Serderov received a straight red card, Delkin was through on goal and Serderov raced back to take down the Krylya striker just outside the area.
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