MOSCOW, August 26. / TASS /. Dynamo Moscow beat Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 in the fifth round match between Tinkoff and the Russian Premier League (RPL). The meeting took place in the presence of 5,885 spectators.
The only goal in the 40th minute was scored by Tony Shunich, recognized as the best player of the match. In the 75th minute of the match, the football player of the capital’s team Dmitry Skopintsev received a direct red card and left the field. Initially, the referee showed the defender a yellow card, but after using the video assistant referee (VAR) system, it was decided to remove Skopintsev. In the 84th minute, Zenit midfielder Vilmar Barrios went to the locker room after receiving a second yellow card.
In the standings, the capital club took fourth place, gaining ten points. “Zenith” suffered its first defeat of the season, the club is on the first line, having 12 points and ahead of the second Moscow “Spartak” by one point.
In the sixth round, Dynamo will play against Ufa on August 30. “Zenith” on the same day on the road will play with the capital “Lokomotiv”.
The second match of the day in Moscow, despite the impressive signboard and the late start of the game, did not arouse much interest among the fans. Even taking into account the coronavirus restrictions, the VTB-Arena stands were visually filled by about 15 percent, and not the permitted 25. At the same time, a fairly impressive group of fans came to cheer for Zenit from St. Petersburg. Due to this, the guests on the noise support during the game almost did not yield to the home team.
Despite the tense relations between the teams from Moscow and St. Petersburg, fans rose to the stands in a relaxed atmosphere, and there were no clashes between fans around the stadium in Petrovsky Park. Some fans, apparently, knew that there would be no problems with queues, and came to the arena 10-15 minutes before the starting whistle. Before the match, a few spectators were presented with a spectacular laser show. Its main motive was Dynamo’s rich history – a tour of Great Britain, the years in which the blue and white won titles and, of course, the figure of the legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin.
The game itself developed tensely from the first minutes – “Dynamo” was waiting more, trying to catch the opponent on the counter. The home team did not hesitate to go into single combats, including in their own penalty area. In one of these episodes, the Argentine player of the Zenit attack group Sebastian Driussi was injured. The South American left the field on a stretcher, and instead of him, midfielder Andrei Mostovoy, who was first called up to the Russian national team, entered the game.
Towards the end of the first half, the national team and Zenit risked being left without a captain – Artem Dziuba, after a single fight with Dynamo holding midfielder Charles Kaboret, could not get back on his feet right away. This episode looked alarming in light of the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches against Serbia and Hungary on September 3 and 6. Especially considering the fact that the day before another striker was injured, the failed debutant of the national team Evgeny Lutsenko from Tula “Arsenal”, who was out of action for three weeks. VTB-Arena became an unsuccessful stadium for Zenit last year. Then, at the Dynamo stadium, only the Brazilian Malcolm, who had transferred to the St. Petersburg club from the Spanish Barcelona, was seriously injured.
Towards the end of the first half, Dynamo opened the scoring with the efforts of defender Tony Shunich. The Blues and Whites became the first in the 2020/21 season to come out ahead against the reigning champions.
Almost immediately after the break, “Zenith” could claim a penalty, but after the intervention of the VAR system, the chief referee of the meeting Stanislav Vasiliev decided not to appoint a penalty kick against Dynamo. This moment provoked the guests, and they continued to attack in attempts to escape from the first defeat since the end of September last year (then the Petersburgers in Moscow lost to Lokomotiv with a score of 0: 1 – TASS note), but they failed to do so.
Russian football championship season 2020/21
Source: ТАСС by tass.ru.
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