Before the match of the 13th round, Zenit faced a lot of staff problems. Malcolm continues to recover (rumors say that the Brazilian is saved for the match against Juventus in Turin). Daler Kuziaev is injured. In the game against Spartak, Douglas Santos suffered an injury to the back of his thigh. Danil Krugovoi caught a cold (minus two left-backs, for a second). As a result, Sergei Semak’s team entered the match against Dinamo with a record low performance: goalkeepers Mikhail Kerzhakov and David Byazrov, promising defender Danila Khotulev, midfielders Kirill Kravtsov and Daniil Kuznetsov were in reserve. of the stadium shot – only Alexander Erokhin and Artem Dzyuba.
The starting lineup was: Stanislav Krytsyuk at the gate? defense: Aleksey Sutormin right, Dejan Lovren, Dmitry Chistyakov, Yaroslav Rakitsky (the Ukrainian’s 100th match for Zenit), Vyacheslav Karavaev forced to the left. in the midfield Wendel, Wilmar Barrios, Claudinho, Andrey Mostovoy; the only striker is Serdar Azmun.
Zenit started quickly: Claudino opened the scoring in the 8th minute. It should be noted that the club of St. Petersburg before scoring the goal played the hunt, took the ball from the opponent half of the field, created approaches, played with interest the first corner.
Virazh responded to the goal with a classic accusation for this match about the importance of timely disposal of waste. Separately, we note the Jesuit sense of humor of Zenit’s leadership, which, on the day of the match against Dynamo, organized a special garbage collection action at the Gazprom Arena. The St. Petersburg Association has been monitoring environmental issues for a long time.
For the second year, Dynamo is coached by a young specialist from Germany, Sandro Schwartz, a representative of the generation of so-called laptop coaches. We have to pay tribute to the guests from Petrovsky Park, where, according to folklore, a lighthouse is burning, Schwartz managed to build a young bright team during his work at the Moscow club. Arsen Zakharyan, Konstantin Tyukavin, Vyacheslav Grulev show interest in the attack. In the summer, Denis Makarov moved to Moscow from Kazan, scoring the best goal of the last league against Zenit. Metropolitan experts note that the progress of Dynamo, which the St. Petersburg club recently excluded from the elite, is connected with the coming centenary: in 2023, the All-Union Dynamo Society will be 100 years old.
At the Gazprom Arena, under a closed roof, teams met and had an interesting weekend. Dinamo scored 7 goals against Khimki and Orenburg in the last two games (in the Russian Cup). Zenit last Sunday helped celebrate the centenary of Spartak with a record and in front of the guests on Friday with just 3 points. The fans were waiting for the continuation of the rave-montage, but in the first half they were deceived. After Claudinio’s goal, Zenit started to play realistically in the score. Solid if you want. In the 36th minute, Azmun could have scored, but Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin played great, taking the ball to the corner.
The beginning of the second half remained honest for Dynamo. The guests pressed clearly, while Zenit seemed dangerously complacent. In the 54th minute, the guests came as close as possible to Kritsiuk’s goal: the goalkeeper repulsed his head in a completely wild jump, Rakicki relieves the situation. It seemed that the episode was overplayed, but unexpectedly the chief referee Sergei Karachev intervened in the course of events. A fan of very heavy music suddenly showed the dot: in the replay, it was possible to see that before Kritsyuk repelled, the ball hit the hand of Karavaev, who lost the top match. No need to consult with colleagues at the VAR, Karasev was confident of his decision.
Daniil Fomin was adamant about the point and equalized. A separate question: the eligibility of the appointment of 11 meters. For the past two years, experts and fans have been completely confused in interpreting the game by hand. This episode, to put it mildly, was not favored: in the previous round, at a similar moment, CSKA did not concede a penalty in its nets.
In the 63rd minute, Dinamo could take the lead – the shot fell over the goal. Zenit’s coaching staff reacted with a change – Djumba appeared on the pitch. But Zenit returned to the status quo even without the addition of an extra striker: an elegant combination ended with an Azmun pass in the third and Wendel sent the ball into Shunin’s ears with a clear arc from the penalty spot.
In the 69th minute, the football day of the ecologist continued. Azmun won a corner, Rakitsky, who obviously did not want to play his 100th game for Zenit in the minor, served clearly, the Iranian shot, Shunin scored a super save, but Dzyuba was the first to finish – again a goal with the first touch. Now the Zenit striker has definitely surpassed the holder of the Russian championship in terms of the number of goals scored by Oleg Veretennikov: the goal against Dynamo was Artem’s 144th.
After the third goal, Zenit began to deal with the usual work of the last week of October – domination. Semak’s team was excellent in pressing, ball control, tackling and creating. Shine Azmoun. In the 80th minute, Claudino slapped the cross hard. The pass of the Iranian Giube in an empty home was interrupted by the defender of Dinamo with his last forces. In the last 10 minutes, Erohin entered the field (instead of Claudino).
In the 85th minute, Barrios won a foul right in the center of the visitors’ goal. Viraz barked: “Rakicki is the target.” The defender did not disappoint and carefully sent the ball to Sunin’s nine. Viraz roared. A total of 18,190 fans watched the match. Nice pandemic stability.
In the final minutes, Semak vacated the entire stadium that remained in the shop: Kuznetsov (instead of Sutormin), Kravtsov (instead of Barios), Hotulev (instead of Claudino). Azmun, meanwhile, scored almost a fifth.
After the match he opened a box of direct speech. It turned out that when Juba scored and celebrated, he shouted something on the bench in the spirit of “I should be here.” Adding some important roots from the Russian language. After the match, Semak calmly replied: “I did not hear. The decision for the starting lineup is made by the coach. Schwartz said that Dynamo ran 120 kilometers in the Cup in Orenburg. Arshavin drew attention to the ability of Zenit players.
Twitter Petersburgers summed up the week: “Petersburg-Moscow 11: 2”.
Fedor Pogorelov, Fontanka.ru