Dynamo squander two-goal lead in Kuban draw
Dynamo Moscow squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with visitors Kuban Krasnodar on Sunday, a result which left them six points behind Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg.
Moscow: Dynamo Moscow squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with visitors Kuban Krasnodar on Sunday, a result which left them six points behind Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg.
A goal and an assist by Russian international forward Alexander Kokorin gave Dynamo a comfortable 2-0 lead at half-time before they were pegged back after the break.
"It`s the result of my team`s irresponsible play in defence," fumed Dynamo manager Stanislav Cherchesov.
"We played well in the first half but after the break we lost control completely. There is no logic to what happened."
Dynamo, without French playmaker Mathieu Valbuena who is recovering from an appendectomy, took the lead through Kokorin who scored from Balazs Dzsudzsak`s pinpoint pass in the 20th minute.
In the 31st minute, Kokorin set-up Stanislav Manolev in the area and the Bulgarian fired past Kuban `keeper Alexander Belenov with a low shot into the far left corner.
After the interval, Kuban hit back through midfielder Vladislav Ignatyev and Nigerian striker Sekou Oliseh who scored within five minutes of each other.
In Sunday`s other game, Terek Grozny edged 10-man Rostov 2-1 to go fifth.
Terek`s Polish midfielder Maciej Rybus smashed home from just inside the box in the 21st minute before Rostov forward Maxim Grigoriev levelled three minutes later when he redirected Timofei Kalachev`s shot into the net.
In the 59th minute, Rostov were reduced to 10 men when defender Reginal Goreux was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Terek made Rostov pay as Russian international Oleg Ivanov lobbed the ball on to Rizvan Utsiev and the Terek skipper fired the ball in from the corner of the six-yard box with 12 minutes to go.
"We showed strong character and team spirit to earn this win," said Terek assistant coach Igor Ledyakhov, who took charge of the home team after manager Rashid Rakhimov received a one-match ban after being sent off a week ago.
"We looked the better side and deservedly won today."