A Goal by Skopintsev Let the Bulls Beat FC Rostov

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Friendly game. FC Krasnodar 1-0 FC Rostov

FC Krasnodar 1-0 (1-0) FC Rostov

Goal: Skopintsev (Fernandes), 6.

FC Krasnodar: Kritsyuk, Skopintsev (Kotov, 69), Kaio, Kambolov (Litvinov, 71), Stotsky, Gazinsky, Vilhena (Shershnyov, 58), Ramírez, Fernandes, Wanderson (Matsukatov, 41), Sabua (Apekov, 64).

FC Rostov: Pesyakov (Baburin, 41), Malyarov (Kozlov 52), Logashov, Wilusz, Vedernikov (Chernov, 52), Cherkes, Eremenko (Bezrukov, 71), Mamayev (Proshlyakov, 54), Saplinov, Dolgov (Osinov, 71), Sigurðarson (Bayramyan, 51).

Yellow cards: Kambolov, 27 – Cherkes, 13.

Судьи: Zhabchenko, Stipidi (both Krasnodar), Koshko (Belorechensk).

17 November 2019. Krasnodar. FC Krasnodar Stadium. Clear. 13 degrees. 12 657 spectators.

FC Krasnodar and FC Rostov had agreed to fill the middle of the November break caused by the FIFA international matches with a scrimmage. In the absence of players summoned to their national teams, the starting lineups of both teams (currently among those in the lead of the RPL standings) looked rather experimental. The game was staged under the two 40-minutes halves format with an unlimited number of substitutions.

A quick opener scored by the Bulls was provided by Manuel Fernandes and Dmitri Skopintsev. The Portuguese half-back received a pass from Vilhena and flicked the ball for a shot next to the 18-yard line, where FC Krasnodar No. 11 shot it into the top-left corner of his former team’s net. Closer to the half-time interval both teams traded a couple of strong shots, but Kritsyuk and Pesyakov played well between the sticks.

In the second half FC Krasnodar could have improved the lead, but Vilhena elected to pass the ball instead of shooting it with a header from the 6-yard line, and Manual Fernandes merely shook the crossbar with a mighty screamer from 18 meters. FC Rostov replied with shots from afar by Eremenko and sharp crosses, but they failed get the ball past Stanislav Kritsyuk after all. The black-greens kept their minimal lead alive until the full-time, hence the tradition of FC Krasnodar always beating FC Rostov in friendly games runs strong.