“Spartak” at the home stadium received Grozny “Akhmat”. This season’s best scorer, Quincy Promes, was not on the bench due to discomfort. Instead, Shamar Nicholson entered the field from the opening minutes.
The first 20 minutes the hosts played very academically, with practically no dangerous moments. The guests tried to act on counterattacks. In the middle of the half, Spartak played a little more actively and created a couple of chances to excel, but Nicholson didn’t play very well.
And in minute 29 of the match there was a moment that will surely give a lot to talk about. After a corner kick, Nikita Chernov played a rebound, and defender Andrey Semenov flew at him, hitting the Spartak player with his straight leg exactly in the knee. Chernov even bled. Penalty fee? Be that as it may, the VAR referee did not find any crime in the performance of the Grozny club player, although there was at least one recklessness on his part.
During the break, Guillermo Abascal released Promes instead of Nicholson. But a few minutes later, the leader of the ‘rojiblancos’ sat down on the pitch, injured. He was eventually replaced by Keita Balde.
The guest goalkeeper Giorgi Shelia became the hero of the segment. He first took the ball from the top corner after a shot from Daniil Khlusevich, and then from the bottom corner after a shot from Balde.
Later, Victor Moses appeared on the field, who last appeared on the field in August last year. “Spartak” continued to attack, but at the final stage, Abaskal’s protections had no luck.