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SPARTAK SHOWS IN CONFIDENCE WITH DEFEAT OF ANZHI MAKHACHKALA

SPARTAK — ANZHI — 2:0 (1:0)

Spartak: Dikan (c), D. Kombarov., Brizgalov, Bocchetti, Makeev, Yakovlev, Kallstrom, Vukoevic (Jurado, 77), McGeady, Ari (Bilyaletdinov, 86), Dzuba (Emenike, 54).

Subs not used: Pesyakov, Insaurralde, K. Kombarov., Ananidze.

Goals: 1:0 Kallstrom (McGeady, corner kick) (5). 2:0 D. Kombarov (penalty kick - Emenike) (69).

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Spartak responded to the last week’scontroversial draw with CSKA with a confident 2-0 defeat of Anzhi Makhachkalaat Luzhniki Stadion in match-day twenty-six of the Sogaz Championship of Russia.With the result the Red-Whites maintain fourth in the table, climbing to withinthree points of Anzhi, before next week’s visit of Mordovia Saransk.

With manager Valeriy Karpin watching fromthe stands, due to his three-match ban, Spartak took the pitch with intent. Withoutthe services of Rafael Carioca, under suspension, and an injured YuraMovsisyan, the Red-Whites summoned Kim Källström and Artem Dzjuba into thestarting eleven.

Like a fine timepiece, Spartak efficientlykept the Anzhi attack of Yuri Zhirkov and Samuel Eto'o at bay and within ashort five minute took the lead that they would not relinquish. Claiming acorner to the left, Aiden McGeady shuttled a low provision into the box for KimKällström with the former Lyonnais man turning to fire his second goal of thecampaign off the mitts of ‘keeper Vladimir Gabulov and into the net. Spurred bythe early lead, the Red-Whites maintained a curmudgeonly defending line andrarely allowing a reasonable attacking chance. With the exception of a probingeffort from distance by Yuri Zhirkov, that Andriy Dykan dutifully stretched outto deny, the visitors suggested little and Spartak maintained its one goaladvantage through the break.

With over sixty percent of ball possession,the Red-Whites confidently maintained their tactical plan to perfection butwith the thin margin the decision was far from assured. Injecting pace into theattack Emmanuel Emenike entered for Artem Dzjuba six minutes shy of the hour asSpartak searched for the insurance goal and it would not be long until theNigerian international made his mark. Coming with twenty-one minutes remainingin regulation time, Emmanuel Emenike raced towards a long ball but was upendedby Vladimir Gabulov with referee Aleksei Nikolaev having no other choice but topoint to the spot and provide the goalkeeper an early exit with a red-card. Inthe ensuing effort Dmitriy Kombarov calmly stroked the ball past replacement ‘keeperYevgeny Pomazan to double the Red-Whites lead. José Jurado and Ognjen Vukojevićentered for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for Ari shortly thereafter as Spartak wentabout the task of defending the lead, of which they managed to perfection, andclaim the 2-0 victory.

Prepared by John Davies for Spartak Moscow





 

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