The eighth round took place in the RPL. There were many unexpected results and surprising personal performances. Traditionally, the 11 best footballers were gathered into a symbolic team. This time they stood in a 3-5-2 formation.
Previous round team:
RPL Round 7 Team. Four CSKA players with Krasnodar and one from Zenit
Goalkeeper: Alexander Belenov (“Torch”)
“Fakel” this season, as in the past, will fight to survive. This means that every point matters. And in the eighth round the team won, largely thanks to Belenov. The 37-year-old goalkeeper made six saves (no one made more this week) and scored a goal in the away game against Ural.
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Central defender: Renato Gojkovic (Orenburg)
The first and far from the last representative of Orenburg in this team. The team gave one of the main sensations by defeating Lokomotiv away from home. And not only win, but also not lose! This is also the merit of Gojkovic, who made a tackle and gave the grandmaster 91% accurate passes.
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Central defender: Srdjan Babic (Spartak)
Spartak was criticized in this round for its painful victory over Sochi, but it happened thanks to Babich. The Serbian defender scored the only goal of the match in the 90+1 minute and, just as importantly, looked quite reliable in defense. One tackle and 96% accurate passes. It’s like he’s playing Javi!
Central defender: Mikhail Sivakov (Orenburg)
Sivakov, like Goykovich, successfully defended the Orenburg goal in the victorious match against Lokomotiv. Age (35 years) is not an obstacle for Mikhail. He won the horse fight twice and helped his team keep a clean sheet.
Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”
Left midfielder: Nikita Saltykov (Krylya Sovetov)
The 19-year-old newcomer to Krylia continues to impress. He is not even embarrassed by the trip to CSKA and the fact that Igor Akinfeev himself is in goal. Saltykov scored a goal after one-on-one, in addition to two more successful dribble attempts, one tackle and two shots in total.
Central midfielder: Wendel (Zenit)
The Brazilian is back in good shape and leads Zenit. In the away match against Rubin, which ended with a crushing victory for the champion (3-0), Wendel gave two assists, scored three successful dribble attempts and had 89% passing accuracy. The second assist is especially nice: to Claudinho. He himself dispersed the attack and gave the ball away. An intense match and a well-deserved place on the symbolic team.
Central midfielder: Ivan Basic (Orenburg)
Yes, Orenburg again, but where would we be without it? Basic scored the first goal (aka winner), five shots, 82% accurate passes, one successful dribble attempt, and two tackles. And at the same time the well-deserved title of best player of the match according to various versions.
Central midfielder: Kristijan Bistrovich (Baltika)
Bistrovich is not the only one who made a successful debut on this tour, but his performance was a true miracle. The midfielder on loan from CSKA faced Rostov at the beginning of the second half, when Baltika led 0-2. And he took part in an unreal comeback: in the 86th minute, Kaliningrads went back one goal, and in the 90th + 1, Bistrovich himself scored, hitting Sergei Pesyakov with a shot from outside the penalty area. In total, Kristiyan had three shots and two successful dribble attempts.
Right midfielder: Abbosbek Faizullaev (CSKA)
The 19-year-old CSKA newcomer is one of the main reasons the team escaped what at one point seemed like a desperate match against the “Wings.” Abbosbeck came on as a substitute at the beginning of the second half and in the 75th minute gave an assist to Fedor Chalov, who completed the comeback 2:2. The boy also has three shots, 78% accurate passes and one tackle. Not bad, right?
Center forward: Wilson Izidor (Zenit)
Izidor, like Bistrovich, made a surprising debut in this round. The striker, on loan from Lokomotiv, took just over seven minutes to score Zenit’s first goal. He confidently executed one on one in the match with Rubin, which started the rout. And another successful dribble attempt and even two tackles.
Center forward: Mateo Cassierra (Zenit)
Cassierra also scored against Rubin, and in an even more beautiful way. In the 55th minute, Mateo, after a serve from the aforementioned Wendel, sprained his leg and did something in the style of Zlatan Ibrahimovic: a jumping heel kick! In total, the attacker has two successes, a duel won on horseback and 82% of accurate passes, worthy of an offensive footballer.
Head coach: David Deogracia (Orenburg)
It seems like no one else could be here. Guillermo Abascal’s Spartak narrowly defeated Sochi, Sergei Semak’s Zenit beat Rubin, as expected, but Deogracia, who has also been working with the team for a short time, caused a sensation.
How Orenburg beat Loko:
The main sensation of the RPL tour! “Loko” “nailed” in nine minutes in their own field
RPL 8th round team
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Symbolic team of the eighth round.
Who didn’t make the team?
For example, Nikolai Zabolotny, who, although he failed against Spartak, made six saves and kept the intrigue until the end. Or Daniil Utkin, who scored a nice goal against Baltika and was about to score a double (the second goal was disallowed). Nikoloz Kutateladze could also be in the squad, who in the debut match scored against Dynamo with a backheel in the final minutes and saved Paris NN from defeat in Moscow. Who else is missing? Write in the comments!