Dziuba did not hit the empty net! And then CSKA defeated Loko with a new hero in attack.
Anatoly Romanov August 5, 2023, 22:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Mukhin scored twice, while Chalov already has four goals this season.
Lokomotiv suffered their first loss of the RPL season. The derby with CSKA unexpectedly ended in defeat for Mikhail Galaktionov’s team.
A curious detail of the match between CSKA and Lokomotiv was the confrontation between the top scorers at the beginning of the RPL season: striker Chalov and… defender Tiknizyan. However, in the derby, Nair, at the behest of the manager, changed position and played as a left midfielder. Mitai took his place in defense. Galaktionov obviously made these changes to better control the width against the army’s 3-4-2-1 formation. So that the right winger Pinyaev did not fall too often in his own box, the versatile Tiknizyan had to sit fifth in the defense line.
CSKA entered the game very hard and adapted to the rival. The army team seemed emotionless for the derby after the super-emotional match with Akhmat. With the score 0:0, Lokomotiv was better, creating several scoring chances. How Dziuba did not score into an empty net, finishing off the ball, defeated by Akinfeev in front of him, is incomprehensible to the mind! Artyom made such a move, as if he were a CSKA defender and took the ball out of the penalty area, and did not hit the goal. But for the first time in a long time there are questions about Akinfeev’s form. He made an effective mistake in Yekaterinburg, and in Grozny he once handed a similar gift to an opponent, but he, too, was lucky there.
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And then everything suddenly changed in two minutes! CSKA scored twice. The first episode is the mistake of Samoshnikov, who knocked down Chalov. The contact both in the legs and in the hands was the easiest, and Fedor was clearly looking for a foul, but if, according to today’s rules, this is a penalty, then there is nothing left but to score it. Chalov continues to go to the award of the best RPL sniper, which differs only 11 meters.
The redjiazules’ next scoring attack began with a brilliant serve from Akinfeev to Zabolotny, and ended with an elegant fine pass from Chalov to Gaich. Loko made a collective mistake on defense. And Pogostnov did not join the fight for the ball with the center forward, and for some reason Tiknizyan threw the Serb who ran into the penalty area. Two CSKA shots on goal in the first half – two goals.
These two conceded goals sank the railwaymen. The team lost the game idea, and CSKA, combining pressing segments with positional defense, controlled the situation on the field. The army team guessed all the opponent’s moves. And at the end of the hour of the game, Mitai gave an expensive gift to the red and blue. The Lokomotiv defender in their penalty area brought the ball to Mukhin’s foot, so the score became big. It is not the first time that the Albanian “closes” in matches with CSKA (in April he was sent off in a derby).
Galaktionov immediately made five substitutions! Withdrawn from the field and Tiknizyan, and Pinyaev with Dziuba. The former captain of the Russian team has only two inaccurate hits per hour. Artyom is still unknown: either he is not in top shape due to injuries, or he is no longer “hungry” for spring. After these changes, Lokomotiv cheered up, they scored thanks to a rigged corner: Ryadno lost air to Pogostnov.
But the young Ryadno quickly corrected himself for the mistake: three minutes later he took part in a new CSKA scoring attack. Loko conceded very simple goals. After Chalov’s switch to the sideline and a cross, Ryadno scored on Mukhin, who steeled himself. Mitai lost the fight against him. Using ex-rail player Mukhin as an informant seemed like a controversial idea, but it works!
Everything was decided, and in the last minutes Fedotov released the Argentine Gaich and the young talent from CSKA Arbuzov. It is a pity that the 19-year-old hero of the recent cup match with Orenburg has so little time in the RPL so far. It’s very nice to watch Yaroslav’s game. In injury time, Arbuzov had a chance to score, but Lantratov’s super save canceled out his first elite goal.