In the central game of matchday 28 on Sunday, Spartak hosted CSKA. Matches between these teams are always principled in nature, no matter where the opponents rank in the standings.
Now the rojiblancos and rojiazules fight for the silver medals of the RPL championship. Before this match, CSKA was ahead of Rostov and Spartak by four points, and Vladimir Fedotov’s team, in principle, would have settled for a draw with a direct competitor.
For Guillermo Abascal, after the team’s not-best performance in the spring stretch of the season, all he needed was a victory.
In the starting lineup of “Spartacus” the captain Georgiy Jikia finally appeared, who missed the last few matches due to injury. But in the derby, the leader of the rojiblanco team is simply necessary.
“Spartak” began the match actively, with more possession of the ball. And in the 21st minute of the match, Mikhail Ignatov hit the gates of Igor Akinfeev, but in an attacking momentum he went a bit into an offside position.
CSKA responded with Anton Zabolotny’s goal, but this time Sergey Karasev’s assistant also registered an offside position, and VAR confirmed this decision.
In the 37th minute, CSKA still scored the first legitimate goal of the match. Akinfkev started his team’s attack, at which point he was put in by Jesús Medina, who fired on goal without any interference.
But six minutes later, the CSKA defense made a gift back. After Anton Zinkovsky’s cross from the wing, Quincy Promes, who was not blocked by anyone, headed the ball into the net from close range. Akinfeev had no chance to save the team in this episode.
In the second half, the plot of the game did not change, but the more or less calm course of the meeting was turned upside down in the 69th minute. After the violation, Alexander Sobolev made an obscene gesture at William Roche and received a red card. But then Rocha was removed, who for some reason decided to repeat Sobolev’s gesture to others.
The fate of the game was decided by a foul by Jesús Medina on the substitute for Víctor Moisés. Promes got to the point, Akinfeev repelled the blow, but the Dutch striker would be the first to finish – 2:1. This Promes goal was the 88th for Spartak.
Spartak won and reduced the gap with CSKA to one point. The fight for money intensifies.