Another Shock Defeat: Zenit 1 – 3 Krylya Sovetov

Russian League, Round 7
August 29, 2015
Zenit 1 – 3 Krylya Sovetov
Goals: Taranov 49 og – Gabulov 17, Kornilenko 52, 56
Missed Penalty: Hulk 61 (saved)
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Att: 18000

Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov (75 Anyukov), Neto, Garay, Criscito (c) – Javi Garcia, Yusupov (46 Ryazantsev), Witsel (61 Danny) – Hulk, Dzyuba, Shatov
Krylya Sovetov: Konyukhov – Burlak, Kontsedalov, Taranov, Nadson – Tsallagov, Gabulov (86 Simaeys), Pomerko, Drahun (90 Gorbatenko), Mollo (83 Bateau), Kornilenko

       Shatov - Dzyuba - Hulk
          Witsel - Yusupov
            Javi Garcia
Criscito - Garay - Neto - Smolnikov
              Lodygin

Former Zenit player Kornilenko scored twice to ensure a shock victory by his club Krylya Sovetov who had just returned to the top flight this year after a one-year spell in the lower division. The crucial moment in the game came after an hour when, with Zenit trailing 1-2, the selfish Brazilian star Hulk failed to convert a penalty, again. Coach Andre Villas-Boas got sent off in the end of first half after a clash with the 4th official, incredilby it looked like the official was the one who initiated the physical contact!! The Zenit coach was subsequently banned from the bench for 6 games, which I think is a ridiculous punishment.

The big game coming after the international break on September 12 when Zenit travels to leaders CSKA. The Muscovites have won all 7 first matches of the season and now enjoy a 6-point lead over rivals Zenit. A massive game is expected.

Meanwhile, Zenit were drawn to play Valencia, Lyon, and Gent in their Champions League group, the first match is the difficult away fixture at Valencia on September 16.

Russian League Standings:
CSKA 21
Loko 17
Zenit 15
Spartak 13
Rostov 12
Dynamo 12
Krylya Sovetov 10
Krasnodar 9

Next Match: Sat September 12, 2:00pm CSKA – Zenit

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