Kuban Krasnodar prevented Lokomotiv Moscow from joining Anzhi on top of the Russian Premier League by collecting a 1-0 win away in the capital.
Lokomotiv Moscow 0-1 Kuban Krasnodar
Kuban’s coach Yury Krasnozhan has made his revenge on Lokomotiv for a controversial firing from the Moscow club last year.
Back then, the manager was blamed for making “deliberate” mistakes, but he was faultless this time around.
The fate of an equal game at the stadium in Cherkizova was decided on 70th minutes from time when substitute Gheorghe Bucur fired an unstoppable left-footer after a great layoff from Artyom Fidler.
Kuban put all the effort in securing the winning score and prevailed, despite having a player sent of a minute from time.
“I wasn’t thinking about having my retaliation on Lokomotiv,” Krasnozhan told Sportbox.ru “There only one task I have in every match – earn points and improve our play.”
Lokomotiv remain in fourth with 21 points, while Kuban climb a couple of spots up to find themselves in eighth position.
Volga Nizhny Novgorod 0-2 Mordovia Saransk
Mordovia collected the important win in the battle of the bottom sides against Volga.
Ruslan Mukhametshin gave the visitors the lead early in the first half by converting a penalty, 0-1.
Volga had a chance to equalize before the break, but Shamil Asildarov missed his spot kick.
And it was Kirill Panchenko, who sealed the deal for Mordovia a minute from time.
Alania Vladikavkaz 2-2 Krylia Sovietov Samara
A brace from Danilo Neko wasn’t enough for Alania to bag a home win, with Krylia equalizing on both occasions through Roman Grigoryan and Bruno Teles.
Terek Grozny 2-1 Rostov
Matchday 11 of the Russian top flight began on Friday in Chechnya, where local side Terek took care of Rostov.
The strikes from Marcin Komorowski and Ailton gave the hosts a two-goal lead with seven minutes left on the clock.
Rostov managed to get a goal back through Timofev Kalachev, but it was all the Don side had time to do.
The win sees Terek sitting second in the standings, just a point behind leaders Anzhi Makhachkala.