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Expected victories sent Krasnodar to Zenith 

Expected victories sent Krasnodar to Zenith


Krasnodar`s ambitious team came second in the Russian Premier League after defeating Rostov 3-1 in his first official match for 2018. Fedor Smolov was again the great hero of the `citizens. `The Russian national scored two of the goals and Paul Mamaev put a point in the dispute. For Rostov, Alexey Ionov scored a penalty. Krasnodar started aggressively, and at the beginning Victor Claeson missed a clean position after Smolov`s pass. The guests responded with a dangerous blow to Alexander Gatcan, but they rarely attacked the rest. In the 28th minute, Smolov took over the ball, overcame Evgeniy Maceyev and without any difficulty sent the ball into the door, guarded by Sergey Pesyakov. At the end of the half time, referee Sergei Karasjov gave a penalty to Rostov for a violation of Roman Shishkin against Dmitry Skopintsev. The penalty shot Alexey Ionov, who sent Andrei Cunicin in the opposite corner and leveled. After the break Krasnodar completely dominated and relatively quickly returned the lead in the score. In the 60th minute the `bulls` also received a penalty and Smolov scored for 2:1. The changes did not help Rostov to reach the point, and in the 89th minute Pavel Mamaev scored a third goal for the hosts.

The debut for Krasnodar made Zenith`s attracted Oleg Shatov. Igor Shalimov`s team is already in a series of 4 wins and gathered 39 points, and in the next round he is visiting Dinamo (Moscow).

Rostov`s new coach Valerie Carpin may be pleased with his team`s play only for the break. Rostovchani are 9th in the standings with 25 points.





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