Fedotov's army extinguished the "Torch" and showed the newcomers.  CSKA defeated the team from Voronezh

Fedotov’s army extinguished the “Torch” and showed the newcomers. CSKA defeated the team from Voronezh

CSKA and Fakel have two things in common. The first one is fresh: today’s rivals finished the third round matches with effective draws, the Voronezh team – 3:3 at home with Dynamo, the army team – 2:2 in Nizhny Novgorod. The Muscovites lost a two-goal lead, Oleg Vasilenko’s wards won back the “-2” handicap, and then saved themselves again in the very end.

The second unifying moment is Valery Shmarov. The forward from Voronezh, who played in Spartak, became famous for his golden goal from a free kick against Dynamo Kyiv (2: 1) in 1989. But he loudly declared himself in the form of CSKA, and in the first league. Alas, the 1985 season, the main scorer of the army team, who dreamed of returning to the elite, did not finish the game. His term of service in the army expired, and Shmarov missed the transitional tournament with the participation of four teams, and CSKA, without its goalscorer, took only third place and was delayed for another year in the first league.

The head coach of the red and blue Vladimir Fedotov fielded the same starting lineup as in the first three rounds. Three newcomers remained on the bench, including the young Chilean Mendez and the 27-year-old Brazilian Moises. The last of them came out in the 33rd minute instead of Oblyakov, who received a painful blow to the knee.

The guests, who surprised with six goals scored in three rounds, made three changes after the draw with Dynamo. So, the gate was entrusted to Svinov, apparently, based on his Spartak (albeit short-term) past. Only one surname obliges to die in matches against CSKA.

A couple of times the goalkeeper of the guests covered the ball after ricochets on the ribbon, saving the team from corners and forcing the army team to throw out emotions and waste energy on disputes with the judges.

At the 4th minute, Medina forgave the guests, completing an elegant combination through the left flank with a juicy blow just above the crossbar. And on the 15th, the goalkeeper competently went out to meet the break-through defender Gajic and parried the ball sent by the Serb from the goalkeeper’s corner.

It was from the left flank that the coach of the guests was waiting for the main threats. But Carrascal often overexposed the ball in the first half. Maybe the Colombian, named the best player in CSKA in July, did not heal the injury that prevented him from reaching his usual level in Nizhny Novgorod?

The events that happened five minutes before the break were made to forget about Moises, who left the bench. Medina, in the fight for a rebounded ball in the penalty area, inadvertently drove on the leg of an opponent whom he did not see. The inexperienced referee Bobrovsky from St. Petersburg (he is younger than Akinfeev and Nababkin), after consulting with the video referee Karasev and the “movie show”, showed the 11-meter mark. Guests scored from the penalty spot and went to the break in high spirits. But in the first ten minutes they were thoroughly pressed to the gate, and it seemed that the goal of the hosts was a matter of time.

For the first time in the championship, CSKA was in the role of catching up. In the 30-degree heat, it is especially difficult to recoup. Especially when the opponent’s goalkeeper caught the courage.

At the beginning of the second half, the hosts all fell out of his feet. Newcomer Moises started dribbles in static, lost the ball and indignantly demanded free throws from the referee. He didn’t react. At the same time, the referee awarded a yellow card to Mukhin, who played the ball. The opponent feigned, and Bobrovsky went for a dive with a pirouette. The soldier strongly disagreed with the decision of the man in black, argued with foam at the mouth and could well see a red light in front of him. But the obviously “raw” Bobrovsky (I wonder who is protecting him?) did not dare to take extreme measures. Karasev, for sure, would have expelled Mukhin, who had overflown the banks, from the field.

This episode angered the hosts. And soon they equalized the score. Veteran Nababkin from the sideline threw the ball to the arc of the penalty Chalov over the head of the defenders. And he made a soft discount under the blow of Kuchaev. React to the ball, launched from the penalty area, Svinov failed to respond. However, six minutes later he brilliantly rescued after a point-blank attack by Carrascal, who alone jumped out to the gate.

Soon the Colombian was rehabilitated, earning a penalty. The referee again had to look at the monitor to make a decision. Not the victim, but the loser Medina approached the point. He struck at the top nine, almost tearing the net.

A minute later, the distressed Svinov yawned an insidious blow to the near corner of Chalov. The soldier attacked from the stroke, the ball flew under the foot of the captain of the guests Dashev and jumped into the goal with a ricochet from the post.

The rivals did not spare each other, Bobrovsky, under pressure, arranged a yellow “leaf fall”, then canceled the “mustard plasters”. Someone on the CSKA bench received a red card.

At the 83rd minute, Carrascal put an end to it, brought out by Medina one on one with Svinov (the wall gave aesthetic pleasure). The favorite of army fans gently hooked the ball over the goalkeeper and was again named the best player of the match by RPL experts.

Moises also wanted to score. Forgetting about the rear, the Brazilian retrained as a striker, constantly moving forward and even struck a tight shot above the crossbar when a canopy was expected from him.

Other CSKA recruits managed to enter the field and breathe in hot air – Serb Edelar and Mendez.

CSKA celebrated the third victory and the second major one, pushing Spartak from the first place.


CSKA – Fakel (Voronezh) – 4:1 (0:1). August 6th VEB Arena. Referee: Bobrovsky (St. Petersburg).

Goals: 0:1 Gongadze (42, pen.), 1:1 Kuchaev (57), 2:1 Medina (70, pen.), 3:1 Chalov (72), 4:1 Carrascal (83).

Goalkeepers: Akinfeev – Svinov.

Source: Sovsport

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