FC Rubin win 1-2 over FC Zenit in an away fixture to close out the calendar year thanks to two goals scored by Egor Sorokin
Our boys have arrived in Saint Petersburg without quite many players not available for the upcoming fixture such as Sardar Azmoun (suspension), Dmitry Poloz and Ibragim Tsallagov (loan restrictions), Vyacheslav Podberezkin, Vitaly Ustinov, Fedor Kudryashov (injuries). As a result Kurban Berdyev had to start with our youngsters Rail Abdullin and Artur Sagitov who were going to make their second and first senior appearances, respectively.
Nevertheless, FC Rubin were strong enough to open the score after a set-piece delivery which have proven to be our most effective weapon this season after Egor Sorokin's finish. Right after the half-time Sorokin stayed upfront only to score a brace as he managed to beat the opposition defence and goalkeeper Andrey Lunev
Unfortunately, Zenit got back in the game as Leandro Paredes scored from a penalty kick. The Zenit's goal was followed by a substitution for FC Rubin as Danil Stepano, another youngster, came in to replace Rail Abdullin.
Our defence were strong enough and our boys took an excellent 1-2 victory over the RPL first place side with as many as three homegrown players involved.
Russian Premier League. Gameweek 17
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg 1-2 FC Rubin Kazan
December 9, 2018, Saint Petersburg.
Referee: Vyacheslav Matyunin, Moscow
Gazprom Arena. Attendance: 48 657
Goals: Paredes, 59 (penalty kick) - Sorokin, 7, 50
FC Rubin: Egor Baburin (gk) - Igor Kalinin, Egor Sorokin, Cesar Navas (c), Filip Uremovic, Rail Abdullin (Danil Stepanov, 63), Ruslan Kambolov, Vladimir Granat, Pavel Mogilevets, Khoren Bayramyan, Artur Sagitov (Aleksandr Bukharov, 85).
Substitutes: Ivan Konovalov (gk), Soslan Dzhanaev (gk), Timur Akmurzin (gk) - Adil Mukhametzyanov, Reza Shekari, Nikita Saprunov
FC Zenit: Lunev (gk) - Anyukov, Ivanovic (c), Neto, Mak (Zabolotniy, 55), Kuzyaev, Hernani, Paredes, Erokhin (Marchisio, 65), Shatov, Driussi
Substitutes: Kerzhakov (gk), Goylo (gk) - Mammana, Mevlja, Nabiullin, Terentyev, Smolnikov, Chernov, Kranevitter
Cautions: Hernani, 18; Shatov, 28; Bayramyan, 29; Kalinin, 39; Neto, 48; Paredes, 55; Sagitov, 61; Uremovic, 78; Marchisio, 85; Granat, 90