FC Krasnodar Was Pushing Hard at the Death but Failed to Win

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Tinkoff Russian Premier League 2020/21. MD 9. PFC Sochi 1-1 FC Krasnodar

PFC Sochi 1-1 (1-0) FC Krasnodar

Goals: Noboa, 5, penalty kick (1-0), Petrov, 59 (1-1).

PFC Sochi: Dzhanayev, Nabiullin, Terekhov, Mevlja, Mammana, Zaika, Joãozinho (Miladinović, 60), Noboa, Yusupov, Burmistrov (Danil Prutsev, 77), Zabolotny (Yegor Prutsev, 78, Novoseltsev, 90+3).

FC Krasnodar: Safonov, Petrov (Kutovoy, 82), Kaio, Martynovich, Smolnikov, Olsson (Gazinsky, 46), Utkin, Vilhena (Ramírez, 56), Claesson, Cabella, Berg (Suleymanov, 75).

Yellow cards: Zabolotny, 28, Yusupov, 45+2, Noboa, 47, Zaika, 53, Terekhov, 84 – Petrov, 2, Olsson, 17, Smolnikov, 88.

Red card: Zaika, 55.

Referees: Karasev, Cheltsov (both Moscow), Vereteshkin (Saint Petersburg).

VAR: Turbin (Dmitrov), Gavrilin (Vladimir).

26 September 2020. Sochi. Fisht Stadium. Clear. 23 degrees.

The beginning of the match against PFC Sochi was unlucky for the Bulls. Early on the first minute Petrov stepped on Zaika’s foot in his own area, and Christian Noboa scored an opener from a penalty kick. In the first half the visitors had at least three chances to make the score equal again, but they didn’t work out. Claesson and Utkin took shots undeterred after some classy combinations, but Dzhanayev saved both of them. Also on the 43rd minute Smolnikov hit the goalpost.

The start of the second half finally converted the playing advantage of FC Krasnodar into an equalizer. The black-greens found themselves at numerical advantage at first as Kirill Zaika had received two bookings in two minutes. Then on the 59th minute Sergei Petrov won the second ball after a blocked shot by Cabella and fired in into the far corner of the net.

In the remaining half an hour the Bulls literally locked up the home team in their half of the pitch unleashing a squall of shots against the Sochi goal. Unfortunately for the Krasnodar side, none of those resulted in a scored goal. The Leopards kept a 1-1 tie alive.

PFC Sochi 1-1 FC Krasnodar

67 (15) Attacks (quick attacks) 102 (3)
Total shots 25
2 Blocked shots 11
Shots on goal 8
Woodwork hits 1
4 Scoring chances 6
70 Won duels 74
25% Ball possession 75%
178 (70%) Completed passes (accuracy) 628 (88%)
Corner kicks 9
Offsides 4
16 Fouls 7