Zenit faced the first game of the RPL after the winter break with losses in the squad. The main one of them is Claudinho. But on the other hand, Wendel and Malcolm are healthy. In the ranks and another leader – Barrios, has long been a key player in St. Petersburg, the captain. All of them are in the base, as well as Cassierra, whom Sergei Semak preferred in the center of the attack to Ivan Sergeyev. Cassierra played well in the cup match in Ulyanovsk. Semak decided not to look for the good of the good.
And the first shot on goal is delivered by Paris NN striker Vladislav Yakovlev: he spins the ball in the far nine box, but not exactly.
11th minute. Malcolm was brought down roughly just outside the penalty area. And the Brazilian himself scores with a beautiful shot on the wall near nine – 1:0. Brilliant hit!
16 Cassierra showed excellent technique and skill in the guests’ penalty area. He caught a difficult ball, shot past a defender, then goalkeeper Goylo. From zero angle, I threw the ball up – the ball hit the crossbar.
29 Quick attack “Zenith”. Cassierra threw the runner between the Mostovoy defenders, broke into the penalty area from the flank. But he played too unsophisticated: he hit the bottom in the near, the goalkeeper easily took the ball. Kuzyaev ran on a parallel course, who waved his arms and said that it was necessary to shoot.
32 The first dangerous moment at the gates of the hosts. Stotsky struck powerfully from outside the penalty area, very close to the post.
37 Fair penalty in the Circular – the defender applied a mini sweep. Daler Kuzyaev in the style of him, with a slow run, but unsuccessfully shot, under the ball: he flew two meters over the crossbar. So the midfielder of the Russian national team kept the intrigue.
47. It turned out that Kuzyaev briefly held the intrigue. Less than three minutes into the second half, when Malcolm scored the second goal. Mostovoy soft canopy – a low Brazilian is between the defenders and in a jump transfers the ball to the far corner – 2: 0.
After the second goal, the Nizhny team revived for some time, but failed to create real chances. Zenit players did not look at this revival for a long time and again tormented the defense of the guests. He carried out several dangerous attacks.
72. Another free kick from Malcolm. Right in the center of the gate, nine meters from the penalty area. The Brazilian twisted into the bottom corner – Goylo, on a fingertip shot, shifted the ball to a corner.
82. Mostovoy dragged the ball along the edge, before the penalty area moved to the center, moved back towards Erokhin, and the Swede hit the post very hard – 3:0. It’s all curtain.
The result, “Zenith” calmly won the class. And who was pleasantly surprised is the newcomer from St. Petersburg, the 19-year-old central defender Robert Renan. And the call of this youngster to the Brazilian team suggests that the management of St. Petersburg has worked well for the future.
RPL Championship. round 18
Zenit – Pari NN – 3:0 (1:0)
Goals: Malcom, 12, Malcom, 48, Erokhin, 82.
Zenit: Kerzhakov, Karavaev, Rodrigao, Renan, Barrios (Bakaev, 90), Krugovoi, Wendel (Douglas Santos, 84), Kuzyaev (Erokhin, 75), Malcolm, Mostovoy (Mantuan, 84), Cassierra (Sergeev, 75).
Pari NN: Goylo, Masoero, Kakkoev, Gotsuk, Kornyushin (Yuldoshev, 76), Mayga, Mikhailov, Stotsky Yakovlev (Sevikyan, 57), Kalinsky (Krotov, 56), Suleymanov.
Warnings: Stotsky, 25.
Referee: R. Galimov.
March 4 Gazprom Arena. 19,700 spectators.