Abascal took advantage of the referee’s “gift” to perfection. Spartak crushed CSKA after eliminations
Evgeny Lomonosov May 22, 2023, 08:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Let’s not talk about arbitration, but about football. Fedotov was unable to quickly make up for the loss of the leader.
In the central match of the 28th round of the RPL, Spartak beat CSKA in their field – 2: 1.
The game was divided into two segments: before the elimination of Alexander Sobolev and Willian Roshi and after. Before the mutual expulsion of two players from the field, the army team had a slight advantage, and then the rojiblancos looked much better.
Playing 11 against 11, Spartak lost to CSKA in shooting (8-9), passing accuracy (76%-78%), encounters with the ball in the outside area (9-10) and successful dribbling (5 -eleven). Playing 10 against 10, the hosts outperformed the guests in shooting (5-3), passing accuracy (84%-73%) and touches of the ball in the outside box (13-11). And in terms of successful dribbling, although they lost, but not that much (1-2).
Due to the development of the derby, if someone had to snatch the victory, it was Spartak. It is significant that after minute 66 the rojiblancos made more touches of the ball than more than an hour before!
Why was Spartak better than CSKA in the decisive part of the match? It’s time to answer the main tactical question of the match.
After the game, everyone discussed nothing about soccer.
He will be punished. Abascal publicly crushed Sobolev and Rocha called the striker a clown
CSKA does not have an equivalent replacement for Roche. For this reason, Fedotov risked ending the game with two central defenders.
Before the derby, CSKA was the best team of the spring in the RPL in terms of conceded goals: only 6 in 10 rounds. Such reliability was largely achieved thanks to a well-worked game according to the scheme with three central defenders.
Central defender Willian Rocha became a key player in the army mechanism: after the restart of the championship, he invariably entered the field from the first minutes and was replaced only twice, and even then in matches with Torpedo (3: 0). and Khimki (3:0). ), in which by the time he left the field there was no longer any intrigue. Therefore, the elimination of him in the derby was a heavy blow and a test of strength for the army team.
CSKA starting eleven in the derby
Head coach Vladimir Fedotov could have kept the trio in the center of defense. But in general, he had only one real option for this – the departure of Kirill Nababkin instead of an attacking football player. The coach did not dare to take such a step, and you can understand him: where is the guarantee that the defender will successfully come out of the derby? In addition, with Nababkin in the starting eleven, CSKA lost to Sochi (0-2) in the spring and drew with Loko (1-1).
Thus, the dismissal of Roshi immediately became a double blow for CSKA. First, a key player in the defense was sent off the field. Secondly, due to the lack of a serious alternative to Roshi on the bench, the team’s defense lost a player in width – four defenders in one line instead of five.
CSKA formation and formation at the end of the match
Risky? Very! According to the Understat portal, earlier in the current RPL draw, the red and blues with two central defenders were only 12 minutes! And here the match is not with some kind of outsider, but with Spartak, whose attack is replete with brilliant players and without Alexander Sobolev being sent off the field ahead of schedule.
Spartak have a good set of attacking players. Balde and Mozes came on as substitutes and fine-tuned the game
Thanks to the great selection of great attackers, Guillermo Abascal was able to pick up the pace at CSKA’s gates at the end of the game. Initially, his team started the game in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Starting XI for Spartak in the derby
Shortly after the center forward was sent off, Abascal withdrew attacking midfielder Mikhail Ignatov from the game to leave center forward Keith Balde on the field. And the coach, instead of the right midfielder Anton Zinkovsky, threw Victor Moses into the game. Spartak finished the match according to the 4-4-1 scheme.
Both pranksters were looking for gaps in the CSKA defense, which was empty after Roshi went along its entire width and decently tightened it: for two, they met the ball three times in someone else’s penalty area, and three times more times they made passes to this same penalty. area. Furthermore, they also had a good interaction: Moses could be on the edge and Keita could go deeper. Played the substitutions of Abascal – Moisés scored a penalty after opening in the center forward position. And the new version of the defense of the army did not pass the test.
Photo: Spartak lineup and lineup at the moment of the decisive goal
Interestingly, not only the reservists tried to put pressure on the center of the CSKA defense. Minutes before the penalty awarded, which Spartak converted, snatching victory, there was an episode in which Sergey Karasev was watching the VAR at the time of the penalty. In that episode, Roman Zobnin sped towards the opposite goal through the middle.
Four CSKA defenders against Balde Keita and Roman Zobnin, who accelerated to the penalty area
“Spartak” and separately Abaskal – respect for how they reacted to the mutual elimination in the derby. We did everything to find our target and snatch the victory. In the end, luck smiled on them.
At the same time, the language does not turn to criticize Vladimir Fedotov and CSKA. Unlike their rival, the redjiazules did not have an obvious solution to get out of a complicated situation. There is no certainty that with the release of Kirill Nababkin, if it had happened, something would have been different, it could have been the same. The case in which Spartak found it easier to take advantage of the circumstances.