2013/14: Russian Premier League: Matchday One

Andrey Voronin

Dynamo Moscow vs Volga Nizhny Novgorod

The fans in siting in Arena Khimki surely got their money's worth during the first half. If you showed up five minutes late for the start of the match you missed two quick goals from Volga to take an early 2-0 lead three minutes into the match. During the second minute Aleksandr Shulenin scored, he was followed by Mulumba Mukendi who scored a minute later. Dynamo responded with their own little fury with two goals less than three minutes apart later in the first half. Alan Kasaev put Dynamo on board in the 28th minute he was followed by Andry Voronin's goal in the 30th minute. The score would we be 2-2 at half.

The second half was a draw as neither club could score and break the tie. Volga received five yellow cards on the day as hard play was played through out the match. Dynamo Moscow received two yellows card on the day.

Season Preview

CSKA Moscow looks to defend their title this year but clubs like Zenit St. Petersburg, Anzhi Makhackala and Spartak Moscow are looking for the title. The League welcomed back Tom Tomsk after a one year absent, they also welcomed Ural who has not played top notch football for 16 years. Those two clubs are just looking to stay in the top league. CSKA Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg will represent the league in the Champions League while Anzhi Makhackala, Spartak Moscow, Kuban Krasnodar and Rubin Kazan will play in the Europa League.

The league needs to do a little better in UEFA competitions as next year they will be ranked eighth falling one spot. All clubs in UEFA competitions this season need do well not just one or two of them.

Samuel Eto'o

Anzhi Makhachkala vs Lokomotiv Moscow

The fans at Anzhi Arena had to wait for the second half to see any action as both clubs played to a draw after 45 mins. Dame N'Doye put the visitors ahead in the 62nd minute with his first goal of the season. Anzhi responded less than 20 mins later when Samuel Eto'o scored his first goal in 79th minute. Four Minutes later Lacina Traore scored to give Anzhi a 2-1 lead. As fans could feel the win coming closer Roman Pavlyuchenko scored in the 89th minute for Lokomotiv to quiet the Anzhi crowd. The match would end in a draw as Volga stole a point.

This match was marred with Yellow cards as five players received them through out the match. Lokomotiv had four players written down in the book as play was careless and hard. Maybe things will calm down as season progresses.

Roman Eremenko

Kuban Krasnodar vs Rubin Kazan

Kuban Stadium was the site of this crazy match involving Kuban Krasnodar and Rubin Kazan. The first half ended with a whimper as no goals where scored and no players where booked. Two minutes into the second half Aleksandr Pyazantesev received a straight red card and was sent off. Rubin was reeling know playing with a man down but Kuban could not answer the bell. Roman Eremenko scored in 71st minute to give ten man Rubin a 1-0 lead. Kuban would level the score three minutes later as Aras Ozbiliz scored. The clubs would not score again as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Besides the red card the match was pretty clean as each club only picked up one yellow card each. Rubin should fell great about stealing a point being a man down.

Amkar Perm vs Tom Tomsk

Amkar Perm welcomed Tom Tomsk into Zvezda Stadium in their opening match-up for the new season. Ten minutes into the contest Georgi Peev had scored twice and Tom Tomsk was already down to ten men.

Vladmir Rykov picked up a yellow card in the second minute of play for Tom Tomsk. Amkar would take that fortune and score in the second minute. Rykov would receive another yellow card in the ninth minute and would be sent off. Once again Peev would take the penalty shot and once again he made it giving the home club a 2-0 lead. With Tom down to ten men they could not muster any offense. The match would see four more yellow cards thrown, two by each club.

Tom's return to the top division of Russia football would go down as a 2-0 road defeat to Amkar. Both clubs could be in for a very long season this year.


FC Rostov. vs Terek Grozny

The Monday matchup at Olimp-2 turned into a yellow card party. FC Rostov hosted Terek Grozny in a match that saw six players receive yellow cards.

Rostov's Aleksandra Gatcan and Guelor Kanga received first half yellows while Adilson got one for Terek.

Terek's Ailton scored in the 71st minute to give the road club the lead. With time running out Rostov recieved a gift, really two gifts as Artem Dzyuba scored in the 89th and in stoppage time to give Rostov the win. Stipe Dletikosa and Aleksandr Sheshukov received yellows in second half for the home club. Maciej Makuszewski got one for Terek.

Ural Sverdlovsk vs CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow traveled to Central Stadium Yekaterinburg to face off against newcomer Ural Sverdlovsk. First I will say this match-up was one of the cleanest matches played as only one yellow card was handed out.

CSKA jumped on the board first as Ahmed Musa scored in the 24th minute to put the road team ahead. That lead would go into half as CSKA looked to take all three points to open the season. Ural had different plans as Spartak Gogniyev scored in the 48th and 78th minutes to give the home club a 2-1 lead. With time running out and Ural looking for a big win Vagner Love spoiled it with his goal in 86th minute to level the score at 2. The game would finish in a draw. Ural should be happy with taking a point. Their only goal this season should be staying in the top division.

Krylia Sovetov vs Spartak Moscow

Metallurg Stadium played host to a contest featuring Krylia Sovetov and Spartak Moscow. Spartak jumped up early on the home club with a 18th minute goal from Tino Costa. They would follow that up with a 22nd minute goal from Yura Movsisyan as Spartak took a 2-0 lead on the road to the half.

Sixteen minutes into the second half Krylia would cut the lead in half as Luis Caballero scored. Krylia would try try try to get that second goal but could not get it. Final score was 2-1 for Spartak as the get all three points in their first road match. This match is following the trend of other matches during matchday one as five yellow cards were given out. Either players are rusty and trying to hard or the refs have a short whistle this season.

League Table

Amkar Perm
3 +2
FC Rostov
3 +1
Spartak Moscow
3 +1
Zenit St. Petersburg
3 +1
CSKA Moscow
1 =
Lokomotiv Moscow
1 =
Volga Nizhny Novgorod
1 =
Rubin Kazan
1 =
Anzhi Makhackala
1 =
Dynamo Moscow
1 =
Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
1 =
Kuban Krasnodar
1 =
FK Kransodar
0 -1
Krylia Sovetov Samara
0 -1
Terek Grozny
0 -1
Tom Tomsk
0 -2

FK Krasnodar vs Zenit St Petersburg

FK Krasnodar hosted Zenit St. Petersburg in the last match of the first Match-day of the new season. Kuban Stadium was packed for the contest. The home crowd was in shock as Zenit jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals in the 22nd minute by Viktor Faizulin and a goal from Danny in the 36th minute. The road club took a 2-0 lead into the half.

The home fans would not have to wait long as Mauricio Pereyra scored one minute into the second half to cut the deficit down to one. Krasnodar could not find the net anymore as they would lose their first match of the season 2-1. Both clubs received one yellow card each.

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