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This is a return in the match for the RPL outsiders! Sochi refuses to fly

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 13:30:25

The teams of Robert Moreno and Viktor Goncharenko achieved a memorable comeback in the match. The battle of the RPL outsiders had a great result. For the fourth time under the new Spanish coach, the Sochi team drew 2-2.

“Sochi” and “Ural” entered the match occupying sixteenth and fifteenth places in the RPL, respectively. For both teams, the match in Fisht was the most important from the point of view of the fight for survival, because there was a chance to get up and stop the rival. The Sochi team had planned to have Drkusic in the starting eleven, but the Slovenian was injured during the pre-match warm-up. He was replaced in the starting eleven by Chistyakov, who, surprisingly, became Moreno’s reserve, along with another former Russian national team player, Sutormin, who was loaned to Zenit in the winter. Chistyakov had the opportunity to show the Spanish coach that he was wrong to trust him.

Sochi had more possession of the ball, attracting rivals to press to gain free space in the center of the field and in front. But “Ural” was not eager to press, so the hosts rolled the ball a lot from behind, from Chistyakov to other defenders or to the goalkeeper. Even when the southerners managed to gain a foothold in the Yekaterinburg half of the field, a back pass often followed. Nobody wanted to take risks, make mistakes, lose the ball and launch into a quick counterattack. Meanwhile, Ural played without forwards full-time: Kashtanov was serving a suspension, Bikfalvi was recovering from an injury and Schettine, who had only scored against Rostov this season, was sitting on the bench.

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In the end, the match at Fisht became a continuous fight between the players, each other and for the ball on the rebounds. Constant fouls and minor injuries ruined the game. In the first half, Moreno and Goncharenko’s teams did not create any scoring chances and only took one shot on goal. Litvinov in the support zone was less useful for the creation of what Saavedra used to be (the Chilean acted higher due to the absence of Yusupov). “Sochi” even lost to “Ural” in passes in the other third of the field – one and a half times. In short, it was really a battle for survival, not a spectacular spectacle.

But after the break the game started with a quick goal. The Urals waited for their chance in the transition phase thanks to the pressure and executed a counterattack. It all started with a mistake made by the 2022 World Cup semi-finalist, Attiyat-Allah. Ishkov took the ball and then Marcelo Alves, donning the captain’s armband, allowed Yegorychev to calmly turn and drag the ball into the box. After receiving a pass from his teammate, Ionov resolved the episode with two touches. For Alexey, this is only the first goal for Ural and in general this season, but how important!

After the lost goal, Moreno added a player to the attack: Córdova, eliminating a defender. It is curious that the Spaniard took Chistyakov off the field, and not Marcelo Alves or Litvinov, for whom there were more questions. Apparently, due to the lack of a good first pass from the former Zenit player. But these changes did not strengthen Sochi’s game. Furthermore, midway through the second half, Ural scored another goal in a quick attack. Italo developed it with a brilliant pass, Dmitriev left Litvinov, Egorychev took Marcelo Alves and Ionov fired freely at goal, scoring a double.

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It seemed that Sochi’s game at that time could only be described with the word “agony”. “Ural” could have increased the score. However, a quarter of an hour before the end the locals once again cheered the banner. After a corner kick, Guarirapa missed the shot and the ball was thrown around the area, but on the second attempt the Venezuelan made a good volley.

In the end, Sochi repeated what they had already done with Moreno in the home match against CSKA: they recovered from 0-2. Yukich became the hero of the last minutes. First, the Austrian shot the post from outside the area and then completed the attack, which took place on the right wing of the southerners. Yukic flew into the box, sensing where the ball would bounce off the defender, and shot with all his heart. Moreno’s team refuses to sink!

What’s more, in added time, Guarirapa himself forgave Ural. Had Sochi won, it would have narrowed the gap from 15th place to two points, but there are still four points left.

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Puck Henry
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