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Scandal in the battle for survival in Grozny. Poisoning could cost Sochi a place in the RPL

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 03:30:54

Scandal in the battle for survival in Grozny. Poisoning could cost Sochi a place in the RPL

Kirill Zakatchenko April 25, 2024, 23:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Moreno’s team had 14 players drop out, but still played the game with Akhmat!

While CSKA and Spartak faced each other in the derby, Akhmat and Sochi played the most important match in terms of the fight for survival.

Before the match, Sochi coach Robert Moreno announced a mass poisoning. According to the Spaniard, a few hours before the match, 14 team players and five staff members felt unwell. “These players are dehydrated, they are not prepared to play… But this is a competition of this level and apparently we were forced to play, so we came [на стадион]”said the coach.

Due to an emergency situation, Sochi arrived late at the Grozny stadium. The game ended up starting about seven minutes later than initially planned. According to the championship, the Black Sea Club asked to postpone the match, but it was held on time. Of course, Moreno did not present the optimal lineup (it could not have been otherwise), but he was still combative. And Magomed Adiev, in turn, left both Mohamed Konate and Bernard Berisha in reserve.

How other relegation candidates played:

In the first half, Sochi’s players controlled the ball and shot exclusively at the goal (four out of four times). Aleksandar Jukic had a good chance, but after the Austrian shot the ball got stuck at the feet of goalkeeper Giorgi Shelia. At the end of the half, the goalkeeper again saved the team in hockey style: he faced a kick while on his knees. It is true that after that Shelia felt discomfort and the doctors treated him for several minutes.

The highlight of the first half was Lechi Sadulayev’s shot. The active Akhmat player shot from outside the area: the ball flew in a beautiful trajectory towards the far upper corner. Sochi goalkeeper Nikolai Zabolotny didn’t even jump. Sadulaev scored the first goal of this season, but missed almost the entire autumn part of the Championship due to a “cross” injury.

Lechi Sadulayev celebrates a goal with his teammates

Photo: vk.com/akhmatgrozny

After the break, Moreno tried to freshen up the game with substitutions. It is noteworthy that Saúl Guarirapa remained in reserve. Apparently, the attacker was among those poisoned. Adiev, in turn, freed both Berisha and Konate. But it wasn’t them who had the real opportunity, but Darko Todorovic. The ball, after being kicked by an Akhmat footballer, pierced the far post after Zabolotny touched it with his fingertips.

The Sochi goalkeeper also saved the team after Lukas Lovat joined the Grozny attack. The guests also had their chance, but Dmitry Chistyakov narrowly missed the far corner.

Before this match, Sochi was the only club that did not lose in the RPL after the restart. Moreno’s team is now five points away from the transition zone. But Akhmat achieved his second consecutive victory and rose to 12th place in the table. If the Grozny club does not fall further at the end of the season, it will retain its place in the RPL.

Tour main match details:

The worst derby between Spartak and CSKA in 21 years

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