27.08.2020

Matchday 5 highlights: Dynamo break Zenit’s run, Akhmat’s first win in Cherkizovo

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We have rounded up the key facts and figures from matchday five.

For the first time in his career, Kento Hashimoto scored in two consecutive games, and both goals brought FC Rostov 1-0 victories. In Ufa, the Japanese played from the start, and against Ural Ekaterinburg from the bench. The midfielder came on at the start of the second half due to an injury to Mathias Normann and scored after 11 minutes. Hashimoto is already Rostov's top scorer with two goals; in the most productive season of his career in 2017, he scored five goals for FC Tokyo in the Japanese J-League.

Rubin Kazan’s second goal by a South Korean was scored in the RPL. Hwang In-beom appeared against Ufa after the break and scored for the first time for Leonid Slutsky’s team in the 47th minute. The club’s first South Korean scorer was Kim Dong-hyun. In the autumn of 2006, he played four RPL games on loan from Braga, and scored in a 5-1 away win over Shinnik Yaroslavl on matchday 27. Rubin have had one more South Korean - Kang San-kyu - but in two years (from 2006 to 2007) he never played in the RPL, featuring more for the reserve team and only playing for the main team twice in the Russian Cup.

For three matchdays in a row, Vladimir Ilyin has found the net. This is a repeat of his best scoring streak in the RPL. The forward repeated the feat in the spring of 2017 after moving to Ural from Kuban Krasnodar with goals against Rubin, Anzhi Makhachkala and FC Orenburg. If one takes into account the Cup semi-final against Rubin, the run was four games. In both of those runs, Ilyin's goals in those runs brought victories to his teams.

Spartak Moscow have won five of their seven matches against Rotor Volgograd since the foundation of the RPL. From 2002 to 2004, the Red-Whites won four out of six matches, and the last meeting before Rotor's relegation ended in a 1-1 draw at Luzhniki in October 2004. The RPL newcomers continued their winless streak since their return as Spartak won at the Volgograd Arena thanks to a goal by Zelimkhan Bakaev. Rotor have not beaten Spartak in the Russian championships since the 1990s; their last victory was a 4-3 thriller on 17 August 1996 at the Centralniy Stadium.

FC Krasnodar and CSKA Moscow recorded the seventh 1-1 draw between the two sides. This is the most popular outcome in their head-to-head history. In two of the previous nine RPL seasons - 2011/12 and 2016/17 - both matches ended with this score. In the last match earlier this week, the goals were scored by players who had never previously distinguished themselves in this fixture. The score was opened by Konstantin Kuchaev, who scored his third goal of the season, and Wanderson equalised with a long-range shot in the top corner.

Zenit St. Petersburg's unbeaten RPL run lasted for 11 months until the Blue-White-Sky Blue team lost to Dynamo at VTB Arena. The reigning champions’ last league defeat also came in Moscow, when they lost 1-0 on 28 September 2019 to Lokomotiv at the RZD Arena on matchday 11. In the remaining 19 matches of the 2019/20 season, St Petersburg won 15 games and drew four times, and at the start of the current championship, they had won four games in a row. The record unbeaten streak in the history of the league belongs to Lokomotiv, who went 27 matches without defeat from 2004 to 2005.

Akhmat had not won in 13 visits to the RZD Arena before their first away win over Lokomotiv on the last matchday, and the fourth overall. After their league debut in 2005, Akhmat only left Cherkizovo with points three times. In April 2013, August 2015 and April 2018, the matches ended in a draw. For their first victory at Lokomotiv’s stadium, Akhmat needed three goals; in all previous trips, they had only scored four times in total.

Khimki youth product Kamran Aliev scored his 15th goal for the senior team. The 21-year-old striker graduated from the club's Academy in 2015, then played for Khimki’s youth sides in the Amateur League, and in 2017 made his debut for the senior side in the FNL. In the 2018/19 season, Aliev finished as Khimki’s second top scorer in the league with six goals, and last season he was the most productive player, scoring eight goals. The forward scored his first RPL goal against Arsenal Tula and did so after a winding solo run.

Tony Sunjic did not score in the RPL for 16 months until his winner against Zenit. The game against the champions was the defender's first this season. The Bosnian last league goal came against Anzhi on 6 April 2019 as the Blue-Whites drew 1-1 at Anzhi Arena. Sunjic had already scored against Zenit in the RPL on 18 April 2018 when he equalised for Dynamo in the 88th minute, but in added time, Muscovites were robbed of a point by Ilya Skrobotov’s goal. In total, the Bosnian, who also played for Kuban, has scored six goals in the RPL.

Christian Noboa scored his 50th RPL goal against Tambov. In doing so, the Ecuadorian became the 11th foreigner to reach 50 goals in Russian championships. The 35-year-old midfielder drew level with former Dynamo teammate Kevin Kuranyi and 1995 Russian champion Nazim Suleymanov. The closest player in the foreigners’ scoring list is ex-Belarus international striker Sergey Kornilenko, who scored 54 times, while the leader is Vagner Love with 85 goals.

The RPL’s current top goalscorer Denis Makarov has played just 148 minutes, without taking into account added time. The 22-year-old Rubin midfielder scored for the third matchday in a row after coming on as a substitute and thanks to a double in the match against Ufa, caught up with Sardar Azmoun and Christian Noboa, who have also scored four goals this season. Of the three leaders, only Makarov and Azmoun have scored all their goals from open play, but the Rubin player has spent less time on the pitch than the Zenit forward. The Iranian has played 420 minutes, meaning Makarov takes first place for now.

Photo: Konstantin Tverdovsky/Dynamo


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