Game “Spartacus” – a feast for the eyes! Bongonda and Medina made the team the new leader of the RPL
Anatoly Romanov August 5, 2023, 19:40 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
“Rubin” is defeated, and Jesus usually scores 40 seconds after entering the field.
Three wins in three matches – a bright start for Spartak in the new RPL season! Guillermo Abascal’s team scored nine points and shares the lead with Krasnodar. And the rojiblanca debutants show with goals that the coach was not confused with them.
In the debut of the game, the stars were the Rubin Fameye striker and the Spartak center back Jikia (the captain finally returned to the base, and Duarte to the bench). In one of the Kazan team’s first attacks, Fameye beat Jikia after a pass into the penalty area, and Maksimenko, who went flying out of the gate, crashed into the Ghanaian. It would have been a penalty if the Spartak goalkeeper had not played the ball first. In general, the rojiblancos in those minutes did not hold up well to the shots from the locals, who turned at the maximum possible pace. Including due to the fact that the attacking trio of Bongonda – Promes – Sobolev did not put pressure on Rubin’s defenders. As a result, Rashid Rakhimov’s team created another great moment featuring Fameye. Forward correctly chose the position in the selection. Jikia dropped the ball in the fight right on the Ghanaian’s leg, but then he himself saved Spartak by stopping the ball flying towards the goal.
Khlusevich does indeed make mistakes in every round of the RPL:
The Spartak defender is highly praised. But Khlusevich “brought” nothing less than what he created in the attack.
For about a quarter of an hour, Abascal’s team had a hard time. When Rubin took a break to catch his breath, Spartak took the initiative. He pressed the opponent against the gate with a series of banners. And in the 19th minute, the brilliant newcomer from the red-and-white Bongonda scored his third goal in the new season (including the Russian Cup). Rubin struggled to rebuild the defence, as one of the defenders got out of line and Theo dove into the zone between Gritsaenko and Rozhkov, who played poorly positionally. Sobolev and Promes, in turn, broke away from the central defenders under the ball between the lines. Everything is like a clock. Pulling off a one-on-one outing after Sobolev’s surprising breakup was a matter of technique for Bongond.
After that, Rubin was looking for himself for a long time. Spartak seemed to be in control of the game – Sobolev scored the second. Right, offside. And before the break, another period of hyperactivity gave the Kazan team a return goal. The Spartak players unsuccessfully placed themselves on the set piece (in fact, the penalty was awarded by mistake), and Ivu was left alone in front of the penalty area. Despite the fact that the player of the Armenian national team did not manage to kick, Khlusevich involuntarily helped him – he stuck his head under the ball and created an own goal. It was Rubin’s first hit on goal.
Spartak could have used their flanks more effectively against Rubin’s 5-3-2. The full-backs had the opportunity to connect with relative freedom forward. But, for example, there are not enough left-handers on the left – two right-handed players play there. Abascal, apparently, also came to this conclusion, and at the end of the game hour the long-awaited debut of Medina at Spartak took place. The former CSKA player took the place of the left midfielder and scored in a minute! Here is the debut! The Paraguayan intervened in the development of the attack and finished off accurately with a header. Nobody found Denisov, who made the cross, and Kabutov lost the position to Medina.
It then quickly became clear that Medina would not be tied to the left flank. Apparently, to better set up a counterplay with a score of 2:1, Abascal moved the Paraguayan to the center. From the point of view of player management, change of tactics, the Spanish coach of Spartak is working, of course, very interesting. Even due to Medina’s movement, the rojiblancos scored the third goal. The Paraguayan with a jerk from deep to the centrals distracted Gritsaenko -a hole formed in Rubin’s defense-. The Spartacists used it very well. Sobolev made the second assist and Ignatov scored, though he stung the grass before hitting.
Ruby collapsed. More precisely, Spartak ruined it with his rebuilds and interactions. In the second half, the hosts completely lost the center to the guests. As a result, already in the 73rd minute, the score became large. An impressive pass from Martins Pereira was completed with a touchdown run from Promes. The second goalscorer in the RPL last season marks the second consecutive round.
Medina in the first game with Spartak made 31 touches of the ball (and there were a lot of them not only on the left, but also in the center and on the right), gave 20 accurate passes out of 21, including one under the blow, made a hit and a tackle, earned two fouls, and most importantly, scored on his one hit. Successful debut of the Paraguayan. He will definitely not be a stranger to Abascal’s Spartak.