Safonov almost deprived Krasnodar of the Cup final. But the strangest moment happened at the end.
Mikhail Rozhdestvensky May 17, 2023, 21:50 Moscow time
Ural had chances, but had to finish the game in the minority.
Now we know the two finalists of the Russian Cup season 2022/2023. On the Route of Regions, Krasnodar and Ural competed to reach the Superfinal.
The local stadium factor spoke for Krasnodar, but the first minutes surprised. Ural started the match aggressively, dominated and made quick attacks. The hosts woke up only in the 8th minute, but scored immediately! Central defender Kaio rarely scores, but this time more than ever on time. The Brazilian jumped after a corner kick and finished off with his head. He came off light, but rebounding and just under the crossbar. 1:0!
After the goal, Krasnodar felt confident and seized the advantage. Ural would attack from time to time, but slowly and not as dangerously as in the first few minutes. Cayo continued to be the protagonist of the match. The Krasnodar defender was about to score the second goal!
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And then Krasnodar remembered its main “disease” – the defense began to act strangely. And if everyone is used to Kayo’s strange actions, reliability is expected from Matvey Safonov. However, something strange happens with the Krasnodar captain in the spring. This time Safonov “brought” a whole goal. He failed to catch the ball and Eric Bicfalvi played the rebound. 1:1!
The matter was not limited to Safonov’s mistake. Minutes later, Matvey opened the defender’s pass, but Cayo assisted his teammate, and it all ended with a long shot from Ural into an empty goal. In this case, Safonov saved. True, Matvey’s game still seemed uncertain. After a goal error, he no longer took risks and did not try to catch the ball; instead, the goaltender knocked down almost all strikes of any force with his fists. Obviously not always appropriate.
Krasnodar – Ural – 2: 1
Photo: RIA Novosti
The second half started with an even game, but luck helped Krasnodar. Mihailo Banjac dared to shoot with a touch from outside the box and sent the ball in an incredible arc. He hit the post, and Juan Córdoba finished off into space. 2:1!
The game continued more or less even after Krasnodar’s second goal, although the locals still had the best moment, when Christian Ramírez, after a backheeled pass, jumped one on one at an angle. It is true that the Ecuadorian did not make the best decision: instead of passing into an empty net, he hit without success.
Ural still had hopes in the final, but instead was left in the minority in the strangest situation. Leo Goglihidze brought down Córdoba in the penalty area, Sergey Karasev awarded a penalty and showed the defender the second yellow card. The VAR studied the episode for more than three minutes and came to the conclusion that there was an offside position. But according to the protocol, the removal of Goglihidze could no longer be canceled! Also, the broadcast showed a replay with Ionov’s run, which was definitely not “out of the game”. The situation was completely clarified far from the first attempt: in the necessary repetition, it became clear that Córdoba was put offside.
The fiery finale after the unusual elimination did not work. In the minority, the ‘Ural’ was not worthy of bulge and was left without end. But Krasnodar is doing very well! Ahead of the second final of the Russian Cup in the club’s history. But it will be extremely difficult – on the rivals of CSKA, which won a frantic form in the spring. What are your rates?
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TAGS: Russian Cup – soccer, FC Krasnodar, FC Ural, video, Matvey Safonov, John Cordoba, Kayo, Eric Bikfalvi, Sergey Karasev – soccer, soccer arbitration, Leo Goglihidze