Zenit did not change much during the winter break. What drew attention was the departure of Dejan Lovren, who was called up to replace young Brazilian defender Robert Renan, who recently received a call-up from him. Renan played the whole game today and seemed very confident. However, the whole “Zenith” was good.
Before the break, the spectators of the arena on Krestovsky Island saw only one goal – Malcolm scored from a free kick. “Blue-white-blue” was able to increase the lead at the end of the first half, but Daler Kuzyaev missed the penalty. Early in the second half, Malcolm scored a brace and the final score was put by Alexander Erokhin, who came on as a substitute.
Thanks to the victory, “Zenith” increased the distance from the closest pursuer in front of “Spartacus” to eight points, 45 to 37. A little earlier today, the “red and whites” could not overcome “Ural” at home – 2: 2.