Zenit 0 – 2 Krasnodar

Russian League, Round 5
August 15, 2015
Zenit 0 – 2 Krasnodar
Goals: Sigurdsson 27, Laborde 50
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Att: 18600

Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov (81 Criscito), Neto, Garay, Anyukov – Javi Garcia, Witsel, Danny (c) (81 Dolgov) – Hulk, Dzyuba (57 Fayzulin), Shatov
Krasnodar: Dikan – Granqvist, Kaleshin, Sigurdsson, Strandberg – Gazinskiy, Mamaev (65 Ari), Sergey Petrov, Bystrov (81 Wanderson), Laborde (61 Ahmedov), Smolov

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

Krasnodar opened the scoring from a set piece, Sigurdsson was clearly offside before he headed the ball in; Garay protested furiously but the goal stood, what a crap. Krasnodar increased their lead 5 minutes into the secong half when Lodygin’s blooper allowed the ball to slip in between his legs and into the net after a speculative long-range effort by Laborde.

Unfortunately Danny had obtained full match fitness so he didn’t come off the bench as he had done in the previous matches (with great success), but rather was included in the starting lineup, which had an obvious destructive effect on Zenit creative play.

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Ufa 0 – 1 Zenit

Russian League, Round 4
August 9, 2015
Ufa 0 – 1 Zenit
Goal: Danny 86
Ufa, Neftyanik Stadium
Att: 14200

Ufa: Yurchenko – Katsalapov (68 Safronidi), Osipov, Tumasyan, Sukhov – Paurevic, Zaseev, Marcinho (73 Zinchenko), Stotskiy, Igboun, Handzic (56 Frimpong)
Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov, Neto, Garay, Criscito (c) (71 Anyukov) – Javi Garcia, Yusupov (71 Danny), Witsel, Hulk, Dzyuba, Shatov (83 Dolgov)

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

The visitors created sufficient amount of scoring chances but failed to convert any of them, until a few minutes from the end Yurchenko managed to only parry Hulk’s typically ferocious shot. Danny was first on the rebound and kept his composure to sidefoot into the net. Yeah, right: “Danny kept his composure.” Never thought I would ever write that. In the meantime, Danny has become Zenit’s joker scoring in 3 consecutive matches where he came on as a sub.

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Zenit 3 – 0 Terek

Russian League, Round 3
August 1, 2015
Zenit 3 – 0 Terek
Goals: Smolnikov 7, Shatov 11, Danny 90
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Att: 17800

Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov, Neto, Garay, Criscito (c) – Javi Garcia, Yusupov (61 Fayzulin), Witsel (74 Danny) – Hulk, Dzyuba (81 Dolgov), Shatov
Terek: Hodzyur – Andrey Semenov, Kuzyayev, Rodolfo (46 Adilson), Rybus – Mauricio , Aissati, Piriz (77 Kanu), Oleg Ivanov – Lebedenko, Mbengue (77 Sadaev)

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

Russian League Standings:
Zenit 9
CSKA 9
Loko 7
Amkar 6
Rostov 5
Spartak 4
Krasnodar 4
Ural 4

Next Match: Sun August 9, 4:00pm Ufa – Zenit

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Ural 1 – 4 Zenit

Russian League, Round 2
July 26, 2015
Ural 1 – 4 Zenit
Goals: Erokhin 67 – Dzyuba 22, Hulk 50 pen, 70, Danny 90+1
Ekaterinburg, SKB Bank Arena
Att: 9900

Ural: Zhevnov – Khozin, Martynovich, Fontanello, Kulakov – Sapeta, Erokhin, Emelyanov, Chisamba Lungu (70 Manucharyan), Burmistrov (84 Podberezkin), Dorozhkin (64 Stavpets)
Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov, Neto, Garay, Lombaerts (c), Criscito – Witsel, Yusupov (90+2 Evseev), Shatov (77 Ryazantsev), Hulk (88 Danny) – Dzyuba

Javi Garcia was suspended for this match. Villas-Boas picked a formation with three central defenders:

              Dzyuba
           Shatov - Hulk
Criscito - Witsel - Yusupov - Smolnikov
       Lombaerts - Garay - Neto
              Lodygin

Surprisingly, the hosts were a slightly better side in the first 20 minutes against the mighty opposition, then Zenit scored a classy opener: Shatov dribbled past several Ural players before releasing Dzyuba who took one touch to control the ball and with his second fired into the top far corner, fantastic goal.

Soon after the restart, Zenit’s man of the match Shatov earned a (dubious) penalty which Hulk converted. Midway through the second half the hosts pulled a goal back but just a few minutes later Zenit restored their 2-goal lead after catching Ural on a counter attack; Shatov again with the assist and Hulk with the goal. Danny came on as a sub just 2 minutes before the end of normal time but still managed to get on a scoresheet, sidefooting into the far corner from some 15 meters after Ryazantsev’s cutback.

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Zenit 2 – 1 Dynamo

Russian League, Round 1
July 19, 2015
Zenit 2 – 1 Dynamo Moscow
Goals: Hulk 44 pen, Shatov 68 – Kokorin 28
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Att: 16580

Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov, Neto, Garay, Criscito (c) – Javi Garcia, Yusupov (67 Fayzulin), Witsel – Hulk (82 Rondon), Dzyuba (78 Ryazantsev), Shatov
Dynamo Moscow: Gabulov – Sosnin, Hubocan (43 sent off), Danilkin, Zhirkov – Zobnin, Denisov, Dzsudzsak (46 Kozlov), Valbuena (88 Obolskiy) – Ionov, Aleksandr Kokorin

Dynamo is in disarray. They just kicked coach Cherchesov out of the club, two weeks before the start of the new season. Former Dynamo player Kobelev replaces him at the helm. I don’t see any reasonable explanation of that decision, must be some power struggle under the carpet, or some such. Cherchesov was in fact a good coach, while Kobelev in my view is not. Kobelev used to be a decent player; interestingly he spent 3 years in the later stages of his career at Zenit and is still considered one of the favourite players of the previous generations by the Zenit fans. Anyway, Dynamo fired the coach but they had also fired their sports director Adzhoev a couple of weeks earlier. Star forward Kuranyi had left the club after the last season, and they also lost midfielder Artur Yusupov to Zenit. The latest transfer rumor is that they might also part ways with central defender Douglas but this hasn’t been confirmed. In addition, UEFA banned Dynamo from the Europa League for breaking the rules of financial fair play. Overall it looks like the Eternal Losers of the Russian football will be sticking to their losing traditions this season as well. I’m pretty sure they will crumble at some point during the season and the question is only how soon this will start happening.

Not many changes at Zenit. The Russian champions kept the coach and most of the players. Former stars and city idols Arshavin and Kerzhakov were let go by Villas-Boas causing massive outcry by the fans, but honestly they didn’t play much last season anyway, so it’s just emotions. None of the starters have left so far, despite that the departures of Witsel, Rondon, and/or Garay still might happen before September. Zenit has signed attacking midfielder Yusupov from Dynamo Moscow and big forward Dzyuba from Spartak Moscow. None of the two have integrated into the team play so far, judging by the way they played in the Supercup game against Loko last Sunday. They will have to integrate soon, because the new limit on foreign players in league games (no more than 6 foreigners on the pitch, compared to last season’s 7) means one more Russian player in the starting lineup, like Dzyuba replacing Rondon or Yusupov replacing Danny. Both newcomers started against Dynamo. Danny was still unavailable through injury.

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

The visitors played surprisingly well in the first 45 minutes. They opened the scoring after a fast break down the right, former Zenit player Ionov centered for Kokorin who sent the ball home. On the stroke of half-time Dzyuba was put through on goal and former Zenit defender Hubocan brought him down in the area. Hulk put away the penalty and the dreaded double punishment made sure Dynamo had to play the second half with 10 men.

Having a one-man advantage, Zenit pushed for the win in the second half and eventually scored the winner about 20 minutes from time: Hulk had his shot blocked by a defender but luckily the ball bounced back to the Brazilian and he threaded it to Shatov who had all the time in the world to calmly send the ball into the top far corner.

Smolnikov and Shatov had a very good game, Yusupov still doesn’t look like a good addition. Luckily Dzyuba was very useful in the role of big center forward, getting the ball often and laying it off for other Zenit attacking players entering the area. His arrival can be considered positive as it adds more variety to Zenit attacks.

Next Match: Sun July 26, 1:30pm Ural – Zenit

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Zenit Wins Russian Super Cup: Zenit 1 – 1 Loko (4-2 pen)

Russian Super Cup 2015
July 12, 2015
Zenit 1 – 1 Lokomotiv
Goals: Smolnikov 84 – Niasse 28
Penalties: 4 – 2
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium

Zenit: Lodygin – Smolnikov (120 Ansaldi), Neto, Lombaerts (c), Criscito – Javi Garcia, Yusupov (65 Ryazantsev), Witsel – Shatov, Hulk, Dzyuba (65 Rondon)
Loko: Guilherme – Shishkin, Corluka, Vitaliy Denisov, Pejcinovic – Dmitriy Tarasov (91 Mykhalyk), Kolomeytsev, Kasaev (76 Samedov), Aleksey Miranchuk – Maicon (96 Maksim Grigoryev), Niasse

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

Zenit’s first official game of the 2015-16 season. New signings Dzyuba and Yusupov both got a place in the starting lineup (neither of them convinced and both were substituted midway through the second half).

The hosts started somewhat slowly while Loko looked motivated and played very organized football. They were quicker and fought hard for each ball, to compensate for Zenit’s advantage in quality of individual players. Especially good was Miranchuk in midfield, who is creative and quick and very strong physically. He’s going to become a star player in the future for sure. Loko took the lead midway through the first half when Niasse caught Lodygin off guard beating him at his near post with a shot from some 15 meters.

Zenit improved in the second half, dominated the midfield and put significatnt pressure on the visitors’ goal looking for an equalizer which came only a few minutes from the end of normal time: Hulk sent a cross into the area from a free kick, Witsel headed the ball along and Smolnikov headed in at the far post. An uneventful 30 minutes of extra-time followed, then penalties of which Loko failed to score two and Zenit only one.

Match report by Reuters: Zenit St Petersburg win Russian Super Cup in shootout against Lokomotiv

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Last Round: Zenit 1 – 0 Loko

Russian League, Round 30
May 30, 2015
Zenit 1 – 0 Lokomotiv
Goal: Rondon 61
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Att: 17500

Zenit: Malafeev (87 Baburin) – Smolnikov, Neto, Lombaerts, Criscito – Javi Garcia, Witsel – Ryazantsev (79 Evseev), Danny (c), Shatov (66 Fayzulin) – Rondon
Loko: Guilherme – Logashov (50 Yanbaev), Shishkin, Corluka, Vitaliy Denisov, Pejcinovic – Dmitriy Tarasov (55 sent off), Samedov, Aleksey Miranchuk (69 Maicon), Kasaev – Skuletic (59 Tigorev)

Last round of the Russian League season 2014-15. Zenit had secured the title two weeks before but the team wanted to get the win in front of their own fans at Petrovsky, especially because of the title celebrations planned for after the match. Zenit veteran goalkeeper Malafeev again was included in the starting lineup, replacing injured Lodygin. Garay and Hulk were rested.

Miguel Danny had had a press conference a few days before the game where he had announced that he was leaving the club so this was supposed to be his last game in the Zenit shirt. Danny has been playing for Zenit since 2008, with his first game being the memorable UEFA Super Cup win over Manchester United in August that year. And now after 7 years with the club, he was leaving. (Not quite, it turned out. An update came a few days after the Loko game in the form of a surprising announcement that Danny and the club have reached a deal to extend his contract so he won’t be leaving! I generally don’t see this as good news because I believe that despite Danny’s great individual skills, Zenit plays better as a team without him.)

               Rondon
     Shatov - Danny - Ryazantsev
        Witsel - Javi Garcia
Criscito - Lombaerts - Neto - Smolnikov
              Malafeev

10 minutes into the second half Loko’s Tarasov got sent off for kicking Javi Garcia in an out-of-play incident after being fouled by the Spaniard. The only goal of the game came on the hour mark: after a quick one-two between Danny and Shatov the Portuguese centered for Rondon to tap in into the empty net. Danny knew he was playing his last game at Petrovsky and wanted to get on the scoresheet himself but in the end of the second half he was denied a couple of times, once by the Loko goalkeeper and on the other occasion by a defender’s hand, the clear handball was missed by the ref. Zenit youth team player Aleksey Evseev was given about 10 minutes of playing time in the end, too little time to judge him but he looked absolutely excellent, if you ask me. I definitely would like to see the young midfielder play for the first team next season at least in some games. Viktor Fayzulin came on as a sub for the last 25 minutes, his first appearence after a bad knee injury which kept him sidelined for several months. Really good to see Fayzulin on the pitch again. Young goalkeeper Egor Baburin also got his few minutes in the end, replacing Malafeev.

Javi Garcia (in protective mask) getting kicked by a Loko player (who is down on the ground and cannot be seen), with partner Ryazantsev and the ref watching

Russian League 2014-15 Final Standings:

                    GP  W  D  L   F-A   Pts
1. Zenit            30  20 7  3  58-17   67
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2. CSKA             30  19 3  8  67-27   60
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3. Krasnodar        30  17 9  4  52-27   60
4. Dynamo           30  14 8  8  53-36   50
5. Rubin            30  13 9  8  39-33   48
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6. Spartak          30  12 8 10  42-42   44
7. Loko             30  11 10 9  31-25   43
8. Mordovia         30  11 5 14  22-43   38
9. Terek            30  10 7 13  30-30   37
10. Kuban           30  8 12 10  32-36   36
11. Amkar           30  8  8 14  25-42   32
12. Ufa             30  7 10 13  26-39   31
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13. Ural            30  9  3 18  31-44   30
14. Rostov          30  7  8 15  27-51   29
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15. Torpedo         30  6 11 13  28-45   29
16. Arsenal Tula    30  7  4 19  20-46   25

Zenit qualified for the Champions League group stage, CSKA for the Champions League qualification round, Krasnodar, Dynamo, and Rubin will go to the Europa League. Torpedo and Tula are relegated while Ural and Rostov kept their places in the Russian top flight after overcoming second division clubs in the relegation playoff claches.

Scorers:

15 (3 pen) Hulk (Zenit)
13 (-) Eremenko (CSKA)
13 (-) Promes (Spartak)
13 (-) Rondon (Zenit)
12 (7) Natkho (CSKA)
11 (-) Portnyagin (Rubin)
10 (-) Musa (CSKA)
10 (3) Kuranyi (Dynamo)
9 (-) Ionov (Dynamo)
9 (1) Mauricio Pereyra (Krasnodar)
8 (-) Dzyuba (Rostov)
8 (1) Kokorin (Dynamo)
8 (1) Smolov (Ural)
7 (-) Ari (Krasnodar)
7 (-) Dzsudzsak (Dynamo)
7 (-) Tosic (CSKA)
7 (1) Wanderson (Krasnodar)
7 (2) Doumbia (CSKA)
7 (2) Karadeniz (Rubin)
7 (3) Manuel Fernandes (Loko)
7 (3) Marcinho (Ufa)
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Amkar 1 – 0 Zenit

Russian League, Round 29
May 23, 2015
Amkar 1 – 0 Zenit
Goal: Kolomeytsev 38
Perm, Zvezda Stadium
Att: 12800

Amkar: Gerus – Butko, Belorukov, Cherenchikov, Zanev – Peev (68 Jovicic), Gol, Ogude, Kolomeytsev, Balanovich (78 Idowu), Prudnikov (83 Picusceac)
Zenit: Malafeev – Anyukov (c) (62 Arshavin), Neto, Garay, Criscito – Tymoshchuk (62 Javi Garcia), Witsel, Smolnikov, Hulk, Shatov – Rondon (75 Kerzhakov)

Villas-Boas made some changes to the Zenit starting lineup after achieving the main goal of the season, the league title. Veteran goalkeeper Malafeev got a rare appearence, also Javi Garcia was rested with Tymoshchuk replacing him as one of the holding midfielders alongside Witsel. Smolnikov (who of course had started his career as a forward) played closer to the attack this time:

            Rondon
    Shatov - Hulk - Smolnikov
       Witsel - Tymoshchuk
Criscito - Garay - Neto - Anyukov
           Malafeev

The hosts who are fighting relegation looked very motiveted. Zenit have secured the title already and had nothing to play for in this fixture. Amkar took the lead a few minutes before the interval from a nicely taken free kick, Malafeev was rooted to the spot and only watched the ball going into the corner. He was probably screened by other players when Kolomeytsev made the shot. Amkar held on to their advantage in the second half for a deserved win.

Zenit has a new addition to their logo — after winning the club’s 5th league title this season the Petersburgers added a star to the club logo. Looks nice:

Next Match: Sat May 30, 1:30pm Zenit – Loko

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CHAMPIONS!! Ufa 1 – 1 Zenit

Russian League, Round 28
May 17, 2015
Ufa 1 – 1 Zenit
Goals: Hulk 32 – Handzic 87
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Att: 17000

Ufa: Yurchenko – Stotskiy, Stepanets, Verkhovtsov, Sukhov – Paurevic, Safronidi, Zaseev, Galiulin (64 Shevchenko), Marcinho (89 Bezdenezhnykh), Diego Carlos (71 Handzic)
Zenit: Lodygin – Anyukov, Neto, Garay, Criscito – Javi Garcia, Arshavin (62 Kerzhakov), Witsel – Shatov (82 Ryazantsev), Hulk, Danny (c) (88 Tymoshchuk)

Ufa’s stadium is undergoing reconstruction so the club plays their home matches in other cities like Perm and Saransk attracting the crowds of about 300 people there, or some such. This time they decided to move their home fixture to the Petrovsky Stadium in St.Petersburg. There was an obviuos reason for that: Zenit needed just one more point to bag the league title and would most likely get it in this round, so the stadium in St.Petersburg would be sold out because most Zenit fans would want to see the event. So being the hosts at Petrovsky, Ufa would get about $800.000 from ticket sales, a huge amount of money for this small club. Still with all the reasoning, the situation when Zenit was going to play an away game at Petrovsky looked weird. This had already happened to other teams in the Russian league though: earlier in the season CSKA played their “away” match versus Tula at their home stadium because the pitch in Tula had been judged unplayable; the difference was that the Tula club protested the decision and sent the reserves to Moscow to play that match, to underscore their protest. Also Spartak played the away derby game versus Torpedo at their own arena, by the clubs’ mutual agreement.

     Danny - Hulk - Shatov
       Witsel - Arshavin
          Javi Garcia
Criscito - Garay - Neto - Anyukov
            Lodygin

The visitors…I mean, Zenit had a few decent attacks in the first half before Hulk thumped in a low free kick from 28.6 meters at the speed of 106 km/hour. The goalkeeper definitely should have done better as the ball went into the corner supposed to be guarded by him.

There was some lively football in the second half as well. Zenit had several chances to increase their lead, but Ufa opened up a bit compared to the first 45 minutes and did some attacking of their owns. That activity eventually resulted in an equalizer which came 3 minutes from time, substitute Handzic heading in Stotskiy’s cross from the left, with Luis Neto ballwatching. With this conceded goal, Zenit essentially paid for all the scoring opportunities they wasted earlier in the game. They went forward in the final minutes looking for the winner but there was almost no time left to get it.

Zenit needed one point from this fixture to mathematically guarantee the league title, so with this draw they became champions, sparking celebrations in the city. The first league title since 2012 for the Petersburgers. Coach Andre Villas-Boas has won the title in his first complete season at Zenit.

Russian League Standings:

                    GP  W  D  L   F-A   Pts
1. Zenit            28  19 7  2  57-16   64
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2. CSKA             28  18 2  8  63-26   56
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3. Krasnodar        28  16 8  4  49-25   56
4. Dynamo           27  14 6  7  49-31   48
5. Rubin            28  13 8  7  38-29   47
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6. Spartak          28  12 7  9  38-37   43
7. Loko             28  11 9  8  30-23   42
8. Terek            28  10 7 11  29-26   37

Next Match: Sat May 23, 1:00pm Amkar – Zenit

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One More Point Will Get Zenit The Title: Zenit 3 – 0 Rostov

Russian League, Round 27
May 10, 2015
Zenit 3 – 0 Rostov
Goals: Shatov 44, Hulk 45+2, Rondon 87
St.Petersburg, Petrovsky Stadium
Att: 17800

Zenit: Lodygin – Anyukov, Garay, Lombaerts (12 Neto), Criscito – Javi Garcia, Witsel, Arshavin (72 Ryazantsev) – Shatov, Hulk (82 Rondon), Danny (c)
Rostov: Pletikosa – Novoseltsev, Dyakov, Bastos, Kalachev (76 Poloz) – Bordachov, Torbinskiy (72 Rebko), Gatcan, Kanga, Azmoun (46 Moussa Doumbia), Bukharov

Looking at the TV picture I couldn’t quite figure who played where of the Zenit’s five attacking players; well it didn’t really matter much anyway as they were switching places constantly. Especially Arshavin, Danny, and Shatov were threatening both from the right and from the left, as well as down the center. The approximate Zenit starting formation:

       Danny - Hulk - Shatov
         Witsel - Arshavin
            Javi Garcia
Criscito - Lombaerts - Garay - Anyukov
              Lodygin

Rostov resorted to some hard tackling from the very start, in an attempt to contain Zenit’s creative attacking players. The ref booked 4 of the visiting players in the first half already, and it should have been more. Rostov looked very organized under their new coach Berdyev. They have improved significantly compared to the earlier stages of the season. It took Zenit almost 45 minutes to get the opener. Surprisingly, it came after the hosts caught Rostov on a counter attack: a lighting-fast passing move between Anyukov-Arshavin-Danny put Shatov through on goal, he sidestepped a defended before spectacularly firing into the far top corner, in off the post. Excellent goal. Hulk increased the hosts’ lead directly from a free kick 3 minutes later and it was also the last kick of the first half.

Things didn’t change much in the second. Substitute Rondon took only 5 minutes on the pitch to get his name on the scoresheet after Criscito intercepted a cross deep inside own half, moved forward, and put the Venezuelan through on goal with a diagonal pass. Rondon’s 12th league goal of the season and 19th in total.

Krasnodar failed to beat Amkar in this round so the Petersburgers are now 8 points clear at the top with 3 games to go. A draw against Ufa in the next round will suffice to mathematically make Zenit the 2014-15 champions. The game cannot be played in Ufa and will be moved to a different city, the decision about which city it will be will only be made tomorrow.

Next Match: Sun May 17, 4:00pm Ufa – Zenit

Russian League Standings:

                    GP  W  D  L   F-A   Pts
1. Zenit            27  19 6  2  56-15   63
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2. Krasnodar        27  16 7  4  47-23   55
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3. CSKA             27  17 2  8  59-21   53
4. Dynamo           27  14 6  7  49-31   48
5. Rubin            27  13 8  6  38-26   47
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6. Spartak          27  12 7  8  38-33   43
7. Loko             27  10 9  8  27-23   39
8. Terek            27  10 6 11  28-25   36
9. Mordovia         27  10 4 13  21-41   34
10. Kuban           27  7 11  9  26-33   32
11. Rostov          27  7  6 14  25-48   27
12. Ufa             27  6  8 13  22-36   26
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14. Amkar           27  6  7 14  20-39   25
13. Ural            27  7  3 17  25-39   24
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15. Arsenal Tula    27  7  2 18  16-38   23
16. Torpedo         27  4 10 13  21-42   22

Scorers:

14 (3 pen) Hulk (Zenit)
12 (-) Rondon (Zenit)
12 (7) Natkho (CSKA)
11 (-) Portnyagin (Rubin)
11 (-) Promes (Spartak)
10 (-) Eremenko (CSKA)
10 (3) Kuranyi (Dynamo)
9 (-) Musa (CSKA)
9 (1) Mauricio Pereyra (Krasnodar)
8 (-) Dzyuba (Rostov)
8 (-) Ionov (Dynamo)
8 (1) Kokorin (Dynamo)
7 (-) Ari (Krasnodar)
7 (1) Smolov (Ural)
7 (2) Doumbia (CSKA)
7 (3) Marcinho (Ufa)
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