FC Rubin Kazan 1-3 (0-1) FC Krasnodar
Goals: Córdoba (Ilyin), 1 (0-1), Bakayev, 67 (1-1), Ilyin (Suleymanov), 75 (1-2), Ilyin (Chernov), 77 (1-3).
FC Rubin Kazan: Medvedev, Zotov (Fattakhov, 46), Musayev, Nizhegorodov, Zuyev, Shatov (Saito, 42), Abildgaard, V. Ignatyev (Surikov, 38), S. Bakayev, Dreyer, Onugkha.
FC Krasnodar: Gorodov (Safonov, 46), Ramírez, Sorokin, Kaio, Kornyushin, Gazinsky, Krivtsov (Stotsky, 25), Suleymanov, Ilyin, Cabella (Chernov, 63), Córdoba (Bersnev, 59).
Yellow cards: Nizhegorodov, 40, Musayev, 44 – Córdoba, 57.
6 September 2021. Kazan. FC Rubin Training Ground. Scattered clouds. 10 degrees.
FC Krasnodar has filled a break caused by the games of the national teams with a scrimmage against FC Rubin. As a reminder, it was exactly the Kazan team the Bulls met in the last official game (MD 6 of the Tinkoff Russian Premier League) at home in late August and they beat the visitors.
The black-greens scored an opener early on the first minute of the game! Ilyin brought Córdoba to a rendezvous with Medvedev and the Colombian striker left the latter no chance. The Krasnodar side could have totally increased the gap before the interval, but the Rubin goalie saved his team after a shot from Shapi at first, and then a spectacular bicycle kick attempt by Córdoba failed. On the other hand, the home team was not idle either as Gorodov took his turn saving the Bulls after a shot from Onugkha.
In the second half FC Rubin managed to score an equalizer after Córdoba and Cabella had left the pitch for a rest. Safonov interrupted a raid by Dreyer, but Bakayev won the second ball and shot it past the goalkeeper at an acute angle.
The team led by Viktar Hancharenka found resources to fight back and win even with their attack leaders absent. Vladimir Ilyin became an X-factor when he received a ball from Suleymanov in the middle of the box and shot it into the top far corner of the goal. A few minutes later he also beat a defender and marked himself with a brace. The Bulls could have scored more goals at the death on numerous occasions, but the score didn’t change. The Krasnodar team hence achieved the second win over FC Rubin in the last eleven days.