Spartak vs Dinamo — 0:0
Venue: Moscow, Otkritie Arena, August 3
Attendance: 34 389
Referee: V. Bezborodov
Sparetak: Maksimenko, Eschenko, Gigot, Dzhikia (c), Ayrton, Guliev, Zobnin, Jano (Schurrle, 46), Tashaev (Mirzov, 64), Z. Bakaev, Ponce.
Unused subs: Rebrov, Selikhov, Rasskazov, Kutepov, Ignatov, Badu, Umyarov, Melkadze, S. Bakaev.
Dinamo: Shunin, Parshivlyuk, Rykov, Sunjic, Rausch, Yusupov (Tetteh, 59), Kabore, Szymanksi (N'Jie, 67), Joaozinho, Panchenko, Sheydayev (Grulyov, 74).
Unused subs: Leshchuk, Pliyev, Morozov, Evgenyev, Kalinin, Ordets, Chernykh, Cardoso.
Bookings: Tashaev (10), Guliev (33), Yusupov (57), Sunjic (85), N'Jie (89), Z. Bakaev (90+3), Maksimenko (90+5).
Sending off: Ponce (36)
Spartak’s supporters were waiting for the oldest Moscow derby with a certain amount of trepidation. Dinamo won their last league game against Ural in a convincing fashion, while Spartak were certainly affected by the loss vs Tambov - a loss which took a team effort to recover from. The team is rebuilding right now and that requires hard graft from the players and patience from the fans. That was one of the topics Roman Zobnin raised in his pre-match interview.
This Saturday evening Oleg Kononov fielded a squad already revamped to a degree. The defensive line was a familiar one though: only Eschenko came in for Rasskazov. Zobnin and Guliev manned the base of the midfield, Jano played higher up in an attempt to compensate for the qualities Fernando went to China with. Bakaev and Tashaev started on the right and left respectively, while Ponce replaced Adriano at the top.
Andre Schurrle was initially left on the bench. Our other newcomer, Larsson, who trained individually the day before, watched the game from the stands, and before the match had an autograph session of his own.
Both teams made their intentions known early on. Dinamo drew first blood: Usypov’s stinging strike was going under the bar, but Maksimenko was there on parry it over. Guliev responded with a mazy 30-metre run inside the box, but couldn’t make his effort count for what would have been a spectacular goal.
Sheydaev hit the bar midway through the first half, while we nearly went in front through Gigot, who almost tapped the ball in at the far post.
With 36 minutes on the clock we found ourselves a man down: Bezborodov sent Ponce off for dangerous play which left Dinamo’s goalkeeper Shunin in a heap.
Right after the break we made our first change and it was of a historic kind: Andre Schurrle came on to become the first World Cup winner to represent Spartak. 4 minutes in he could have had a dream start, but his effort was parried by Shunin. Our own goalie then showed equal prowess by parrying two shots in quick succession.
The rest of the match was open-ended. We showed good attitude despite being a man down and could have won the game at the death. Zobnin intercepted the ball in the middle of the park, drove inside the box, but unfortunately fired over. In added time Gigot had another chance, however he missed the target by a bit. It ended with spoils shared.