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Russian football: favourites stumble again

Published time: April 14, 2008 19:01
Edited time: April 14, 2008 19:01

Matchday 5 in the Russian Premier League brought further misfortune to last-season’s victors: Moscow’s Spartak, CSKA, and FC Moscow lost, while Zenit managed only a draw against Krlya Sovetov.

Tom – Shinnik 2-1. Twenty-five minutes into Tom’s clash with Shinnik, the home-side’s Valery Klimov was upended in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

Shinik got some revenge just two minutes later – Ricardo da Silva making no mistake from close range.

But the day was to belong to the home side. Another comedy of errors in the Shinnik penalty area, and Hrvoye Vejic headed into the empty net.

Khimki – Rubin 0-4. Rubin’s stunning run in the premier league shows no sign of halting. The men from Kazan had won every game they'd played this season, and Saturday's clash was no different.

Gökdeniz Karadeniz scored twice, ensuring his team’s 4-0 win over rock bottom Khimki. But the runaway leaders had to wait almost an hour to find the net.

Following their third loss of the season, Khimki’s head coach Slavo Muslin was fired.

Amkar – FC Moscow 2-0. Amkar handed another defeat to still winless FC Moscow at home.

Martin Kushev broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, a superb finish after great work from Vitaly Grishin on the outside.

The hosts’ Dmitry Belorukov doubled their advantage with 66 on the clock.

CSKA – Spartak Nalchik 0-1. The aim of this match for Spartak Nalchik was to come away with at least a draw.

Yuri Krasnozhan's men followed his instructions to the tee, hanging out in defence most of the game.

The red and blues had countless opportunities in the second half. Spartak goalie Dmitry Homich saving his side on numerous occasions from shots by Jo, Krasic and Yuri Zhirkov.

CSKA allowed only a couple of attacks on Igor Akinfeev’s goal in the first half, but none of them presented any real danger.

But as often happens – when you attack endlessly and do not score, you get punished.

Right at the death, Spartak’s Nazir Kazharov was left man-on-man with Akinfeev who watched helplessly as the ball rolled in his net.

Luch Energia – Saturn 0-0. The first match of Sunday finished in a goalless draw in Vladivostok.

Lokomotiv – Terek 2-0. Lokomotiv Moscow are up to third after easing to a 2-0 win over Terek.

Răzvan Cociş was credited with the game's first on 33 minutes after a mix up in the Chechen team's penalty area. He then helped Dmitry Torbinski, who doubled the home side's advantage just four minutes later with this superb shot past the helpless goalkeeper.

The victory put an end to Terek's three-match winning streak while Loko keep chugging on up the table.

Zenit – Krlya Sovetov 1-1. Acting champions Zenit opened the scoring after 13 minutes against Krlya Sovetov through Russia’s right fullback Aleksander Anykov’s superb shot.

But Ivan Taranov put Krylya level 14 minutes later.

Dynamo – Spartak 4-3. Dynamo came out on top against Spartak in Sunday's Moscow derby.

It shaped up to be quite a thriller, with ten-man Spartak scoring twice, but still proving unable to match a superb effort by Dynamo’s strikers.

Danny and Tsvetan Genkov both netted two, constantly looking one step ahead of Spartak’s defence.