Sochi did not beat Nizhny Novgorod, but came in second in the RPL

On Friday evening in the opening match of the 29th round of the Russian Premier League, Sochi failed to beat Nizhny Novgorod at home – 0:0. The home team played the majority of the second half, attacked a lot, but failed to score. Thus, the southerners scored 53 points and took second place in the national championship, ahead of Dynamo Moscow by one point. “Sochi” has already guaranteed itself the bronze medals of the RPL.

The penultimate round of the Russian championship, despite the fact that “Zenith” became the champion ahead of schedule, there are plenty of tournament intrigues. The main one is the distribution of the remaining RPL medals. Victoria in today’s confrontation will bring “Sochi” at least for the first time in its history “bronze” and excellent chances for second place (for which in the 30th round it is enough for the southerners not to lose to Moscow “Dynamo”).

True, the Volzhans also need glasses. Although Nizhny Novgorod is currently in eleventh place with 29 points, Khimki and Rubin, who are below them in additional indicators, have scored the same amount. And very close (27 points) is also “Ural”, bogged down in the zone of transitional matches.

That is, one misfire makes any of these teams a real contender for a possible relegation from the Premier League. Note that the head coach of the guests, Alexander Kerzhakov, stayed at home due to a severe cold, so his assistant Vladimir Kazakov will lead the game at the Fisht Olympic Arena.

It is curious that a symbolic blow to the ball in this game was delivered by the coach from the Kuban district village of Vyselki Nikolai Morshchakov – the first mentor of the defender of the hosts, a candidate for the Russian national team Kirill Zaika, as well as today’s chief helmsman of Krasnodar Alexander Storozhuk and the author of the unique book “100 years of Vyselkovsky football”.

“Barcelona”, who often prefer the actions of the second number, in a duel with a team from the bottom half of the standings, nevertheless decided to dominate and open an account as soon as possible. Artur Yusupov could have done it already in the very opening, but he missed the header from five meters, and then fortune completely turned away from the southerners.

In the seventh minute, a sharp attack from the right of the hosts was completed with a header from close range by Mateo Cassierra. Although goalkeeper Nikita Goylo reacted to the blow, Artem Makarchuk immediately sent the ball into an empty corner. And wow – he landed in standing right on the ribbon of the gate … Sochi midfielder Joaozinho and bounced into the field.

The hosts gradually pressed the opponent firmly into the penalty area, but the Nizhny Novgorod defenders, who defended with large forces, managed to fight back quite successfully. A powerful shot from five meters in the 45th minute of the Brazilian central defender of the Kuban Rodrigo only shook the crossbar.

As soon as the second half began, the guests were still in the minority: in the 47th minute, Canadian legionnaire Richlord Ennin received a second “yellow card” for hitting an opponent with an elbow and was removed from the field.

However, scoring chances at the gates of the guests did not increase at all, although the “leopards” tried very hard to score the long-awaited goal. Moreover, Nizhny Novgorod counterattacked even more dangerously than the opponent. And in the 71st minute, Kirill Gotsyuk head from the center of the penalty area even sent the ball with his head into the cross of the southerners’ goal.

After that, the young goalkeeper of the southerners Goylo, in classy throws, repelled two shots of the “leopards” players in a row at close range, saving his team.

“Barcelona” did not manage to put the squeeze on selflessly defending opponent. As a result, Sochi scores 53 points and takes second place in the RPL. The capital’s Dynamo – their rival in the dispute for the “silver” – will play his duel tomorrow with Lokomotiv. And in the last round, Sochi and Dynamo will determine who will take second place in a face-to-face confrontation in Moscow.

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