Spartak Moscow won’t let Zenit get away in the Russian Premier League, with Unai Emery’s men thrashing Dynamo 4-0 to win their third straight game.
Dynamo Moscow 0-4 Spartak Moscow
Spartak visited Dynamo at the Khimki arena just outside Moscow and got in front in the 23rd minute after keeper Anton Shunin failed to cope with an easy shot from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
Spartak got the attacking bug after that, with Nico Pareja making it 2-0 from a free-kick 4 minutes after the break.
A great back heel from Artem Dzyuba set up substitute Jano Ananidze for the third later in the second half.
The icing on the cake came right at the death, with Rafael Carioca picking his spot for a 4-0 final scoreline.
“We were better in terms of positioning on the pitch and tackling,” Spartak coach Unai Emery told Sportbox.ru. “The first goal became a confidence booster for us. And after the second one we calmed down and led the game to victory. Of course, I can’t be dissatisfied after such a display and result, but we still have things which need improvement.”
“Spartak can play better, and Spartak will be doing it,” he added.
Spartak move alongside reigning champions Zenit at the top of the table, with both sides on 9 points with three wins from three games.
The Premier League leaders will go head to head in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Dynamo stay rooted to the bottom without a single point ann no coach as Sergey Silkin quit after the loss.
Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 Amrak Perm
Anzhi are also looking solid in the league with a narrow win over Amkar moving them to seven points after three games.
The only goal of the match was scored by Georgy Gabulov with just over 20 minutes left on the clock.
Krylia Sovetov Samara 2-1 Kuban Krasnodar
Krylia needed to show character to get their first win on the season, with Kuban’s David Tsoraev opening the scoring in the 22nd minute.
The hosts equalized on the half hour after an unbelievable long range blast from Sergey Kornilenko.
And in the 86th minute, a header by Steeve Joseph-Reinette made sure the Samara side bagged all three points.
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