An Early Goal in Each of the Halves Secured a Tie on the Scoreboard

Russian Football Championship 2018/19. MD 25. FC Akhmat Grozny 1-1 FC Krasnodar

FC Akhmat Grozny 1-1 (1-0) FC Krasnodar

Goals: Semyonov, 2 (Ravanelli, 1-0), Claesson, 49, penalty kick (1-1).

FC Akhmat Grozny: Gorodov, Pliyev, Nižić, Semyonov, Mohammadi, Shvets, Ivanov, Roshi (Utsiyev, 72), Ravanelli, Ismael, Berisha (Balaj, 66).

FC Krasnodar: Safonov, Petrov, Spajić, Martynovich, Ramírez, Kaboré, Gazinsky, Claesson, Skopintsev (Utkin, 68), Wanderson, Ignatyev (Stotsky, 78).

Yellow cards: Shvets, 63 (unsporting behaviour) – Gazinsky, 24 (foul play), Ignatyev, 63 (unsporting behaviour), Kaboré, 68 (foul play), Martynovich, 70 (attack breakdown).

Red card: Martynovich, 90+3 (2nd yellow card, foul play).

Referees: Eskov, Bolotenkov, Murashov (all Moscow).

25 April 2019. Grozny. Akhmat Arena Stadium. Clear. 15 degrees. 11 997 spectators.

Things went bad for the Krasnodar team in Grozny immediately after the kick-off. The ball was served from a free kick on the 2nd minute, and FC Akhmat defender Andrei Semyonov scored an opener with a header a few meters away from the Krasnodar goal guarded by Safonov. The home team controlled the flow of the game confidently before the half-time, hence all of the attempts for an equalizing goal on behalf of the Bulls were for naught. And yet, as soon as the second half began that same Semyonov interrupted a low cross by Ramírez in his own box with a hand, and Viktor Claesson made the score equal with a penalty kick. In the time that remained both teams made a maximum effort to snatch a win away, but the one-one on the Akhmat Arena scoreboard never changed until the very full-time.