The match in Samara was the first for CSKA after the scandalous story of the massive detention of fans last Sunday. Despite this, many fans of the red-blue gathered in the stands of the Solidarity Arena. According to observers’ estimates, the three sectors allocated to them were almost completely filled.

As promised, Muscovites actively supported their favorites from the starting whistle, and in the 20th minute they began to leave the stands. This is part of an all-Russian action designed to draw attention to the actions of the police and highlight the dissatisfaction of fans with the initiative with Fan ID… The day before, Zenit had already expressed their opinion on this matter – they left the stands during the match with Rostov, attended a basketball game with Crvena Zvezda, and chanting “we don’t need Fan ID”Left that meeting ahead of schedule.

In Samara, some of the local fans also supported the action, leaving the stands even earlier than their colleagues from the opposite stand. They left already in the 14th minute, or rather at the 13:12 mark. Why at this particular time? Whoever needs it will understand. And yet it is surprising that the fan movements of different clubs, acting in a single impulse, so differently determine the time for themselves to demonstrate their position. After the fans left, the stadium was not empty, but it became much quieter.

Well, the goal is obvious – to demonstrate to the football authorities, first of all, to the authorities, how much the situation at the matches will be different with the support of active fans and without it. The difference, of course, is obvious, so if the RFU and RPL are not indifferent to the national championship, it is time for them to seriously engage in dialogue with parliamentarians and law enforcement officers.


It is a pity that you have to start a football report with something that is not directly related to sports, but the situation with the fans is compelling. As for the match itself, Igor Osinkin, after two draws in a row, decided to keep striker Ivan Sergeev in reserve (however, they say, back pain interferes with him). A couple of forwards were Vladislav Sarveli and Maxim Glushenkov, who started for the first time since October 2. Full-back Yuri Gorshkov missed the meeting due to disqualification.

The guests have no special losses. Unfortunately, nobody remembers Herdur Magnusson. Alexey Berezutsky chose the usual starting lineup, with the exception of Alan Dzagoev. The trio of central midfielders were Maxim Mukhin – Baktiyor Zainutdinov – Ilzat Akhmetov, that is, players with more pronounced defensive qualities. Apparently, the mentor of the army team initially envisioned the creation of sharpness through quick attacks.


Both teams are better at counterattacking, so the game was uneven. Fast races became promising (for example, Chidera Edzhuke succeeded in a very sharp breakthrough, but the blow fell on Ivan Lomaev), but in positional attacks it was not so interesting. Confirmation that the best moment in the half, when Anton Zinkovsky threw the ball on the move to Glushenkov, and he shot at Roman Yezhov – Igor Akinfeev miraculously saved his partners.

In such a situation, standards should come to the rescue. So Samara, as a result of a long rally, created a cool moment – ex-soldier Nikita Chernov, after serving from the right, substituted his foot and ferried the ball to the left corner of Akinfeev. It was not without difficulty that the goalkeeper managed to shift his body weight and reach the ball.

In general, the first half was dictated by Wings of the Soviets. CSKA had more possession of the ball, but unlike their opponents, Osinkin’s wards did it mainly on the other side of the field, played great on rebounds and locked Muscovites in the penalty area a couple of times during the first half. But they rarely managed to get the ball into the danger zone, and they began to sin with long-range strikes. And not Zinkovsky, on whom two opponents were immediately thrown, but Glushenkov.

The statistics of strikes before the break is indicative – 13: 4. From round to round, Berezutsky creates the impression of a coach flirting with “reliable, balanced football.” Apparently, the experience of working under the leadership of Viktor Goncharenko and Leonid Slutsky makes itself felt. But this style of play was progressive in the 2000s, and now it severely limits the ability of teams with quality matchmaking. Now the main thing is speed, and in CSKA it can only be provided by Edzhuke – in general, the main player in the attack of the army. During the half, only the defenders of both teams touched the ball more than him. The Nigerian scored the only goal in this match.


During the break, Berezutsky replaced Akhmetov with Dzagoev and thus greatly changed the picture of the game. The army’s attacks received the necessary intelligence in the center of the field, thanks to which they became more meaningful, sharper and more specific. Dzagoev turned the direction of attacks well, looked for partners ahead of difficult passes and was remembered for serving on Igor Diveev, who dangerously shot Lomaev on goal (save).

At the same time, the density of army redoubts in the middle of the field without a ball has noticeably weakened. Including because the guests tried to meet the opponent higher, but in the absence of established pressure they allowed the Samarans to get out and did not have time to stop them from before their own penalty. As a result, the hosts got the opportunity for their favorite counterattacks. During one of them, panic began at the gate of Akinfeev, and the red and blue were frankly lucky that Glushenkov missed the target from several meters.

However, by the middle of the half, the red and blue were too tired to continue playing at this pace, and everything returned to normal. CSKA retreated to their own half and endured without the ball. Counter-attacks disappeared again. Dzagoev tried to aggravate with transmissions, but either he made it more difficult, or Zabolotny and Ejuke did not open well. This trio was cut off from partners and in the minority tried to come up with something at the wrong gate.

The goal of the guests in the 75th minute did not follow from the logic of the game, but was the result of Edzhuke’s individual skill. The Nigerian beat four defenders at speed and, pulling Lomaev on himself, threw from the end line at Emil Bohinen, who had just replaced, who sent the ball into the empty net.

It is worth paying tribute to Berezutsky, who intelligently managed the team of substitutions – all the players who came out strengthened the game. And the fact that after the goal he released instead of Zainutdinov Konstantin Kuchaev confirms that what was happening in the middle of the field did not suit him, but in the remaining time the red and blue dominated and confidently brought the game to victory, which would not have happened without Akinfeev’s excellent saves … Well, I feel sorry for the Samarans – they deserve at least one point in 75 minutes of a good game.

RPL. Round 17

Krylia Sovetov – CSKA – 0: 1 (0: 0)

Goals: Bohinen, 75 – 0: 1.

“Wings of Soviets”: Lomaev, Zeffan, Begich, Chernov, Bale, Yezhov (Pinyaev, 79), Prutsev, Ivanisenya (Yakuba, 78), Zinkovsky (Lipovoy, 86), Sarveli (Tsypchenko, 60), Glushenkov (Sergeev, 60).

CSKA: Akinfeev, Nababkin, Diveev, Biyol, Fernandez, Mukhin (Bohinen, 71), Oblyakov, Akhmetov (Dzagoev, 46), Zainutdinov (Kuchaev, 75), Edzhuke (Fuks, 90 + 3), A. Zabolotny.

Warnings: Mukhin, 60. Chernov, 83. Edzhuke, 88.

Judge: Moskalev (Voronezh).

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