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DEFEAT IN PERM

Clearly the weight of European competition played havoc on Spartak as coming off a short rest period they lost 2-1 to host Amkar Perm. The result ends the Red-Whites unbeaten start to the new campaign and sees them fall to fourth place, three points removed from CSKA, before facing St. Gallen in the Europa League decider this Thursday.

With the short rest period in thought and managing the always problematic visit of Perm, Spartak manager Valeriy Karpin made seven changes to his most recent line-up with João Carlos, Sergei Parshivlyuk, José Jurado, Dmitriy Kombarov, Denis Glushakov and Aras Özbiliz entering for Rafael Carioca, Kirill Kombarov, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Yevgeni Makeev, Artem Timofeev andVyacheslav Krotov.

The opening whistle saw the Red-Whites press forward early and narrowly missed taking the lead at the fifth minute when Pavel Yakovlev slid the ball to Dmitriy Kombarov on the left side of the area only to see the playmaker’s provision a step beyond Yura Movsisyan at the back post. However the promise of the quick start ended quickly and following a probing effort from Tino Costa, the complexion of the match turned decidedly in the hosts favour. Two minutes past the quarter-hour Spartak was caught off-guard as Zachari Sirakov, on the right flank, headed a long diagonal cross into the box that veteran Georgi Peev poked high above Juan Insaurralde to the opposite corner of the net. The goal seems to ignite Amkar’s confidence, came with a fraction of doubling their advantage when Georgi Peev sent a close range effort off the woodwork but otherwise withstood the Red-Whites efforts to take the one goal advantage to the break.

The re-start shone in Spartak’s favour as four minutes in the contest was level when Aras Özbiliz’s advance into the Amkar final third saw the ball opportunistically deflected onto the path of Yura Movsisyan. Acting quickly the striker flicked the ball towards the far post with Pavel Yakovlev pushing the equaliser into the net. With Lucas Barrios entering for Yura Movsisyan just shy of the hour, the Red-Whites were eager for the go-ahead goal but it was the hosts would grab the shocking result. Coming with twenty-three minutes remaining in regulation time an attempted clearance was volleyed back into the Spartak final third, only to see Sergei Parshivlyuk collide with Makhach Gadzhiev and errant ball pounded into the net by Martin Jakubko. The final stages saw Juan Insaurralde excused with his second yellow card with his challenge of Martin Jakubko and after a brief flurry in four minutes of added time the final whistle sounded in wrong end of a 2-1 decision.

Prepared by John Davies from Spartak Moscow





 

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