Kuban, Spartak share six-goal thriller
Kuban Krasnodar squandered a chance to leapfrog city rivals FC Krasnodar into third place in the Russian Premier League on Sunday when they fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spartak Moscow.
Moscow: Kuban Krasnodar squandered a chance to leapfrog city rivals FC Krasnodar into third place in the Russian Premier League on Sunday when they fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spartak Moscow.
Nigerian striker Sekou Oliseh scored twice while Bulgarian midfielder Ivelin Popov was also on target for Kuban.
Swedish veteran Kim Kallstrom grabbed a brace for Spartak while German defender Serdar Tasci was also on the scoresheet.
Kuban remain in fourth place in the table on 21 points from 12 matches, behind FC Krasnodar on goal difference, and 11 points behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg.
"It was a thrilling, spectacular match," said Spartak head coach Murat Yakin.
"Both teams had chances to win but the draw seems to be the most fair result."
Tasci put Spartak in front with his first goal in the Russian league in the 11th minute, sending the ball home after a Joao Carlos header came back off the woodwork.
After the break Kuban seized a 2-1 advantage as Oliseh scored twice within eight minutes before Kallstrom replied with his two goals to put Spartak back into the lead.
Popov then struck to make it 3-3 in the 68th minute from the penalty spot after Tasci had been penalised for handball.
Meanwhile, Lokomotiv Moscow battled back from two goals down to beat city rivals Dynamo 4-2.
Midfielder Alexei Ionov put Dynamo 1-0 up following a mistake by Lokomotiv defender Nemanja Pejcinovic in the 37th minute.
Lokomotiv were then awarded a penalty five minutes before the break after Dame N`Doye had been brought down in the area.
But goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov saved Moubark Boussoufa`s spotkick.
Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak doubled Dynamo`s lead five minutes after the interval with a volley off Ionov`s cross.
But Lokomotiv refused to surrender as N`Doye and Alexander Samedov scored one apiece within just two minutes to level at 2-2 with 30 minutes to go.
In the 66th minute, Alan Kasayev put Lokomotiv 3-2 ahead while former Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko rounded off the scoring with a powerful shot from the edge of the box with five minutes to go.
"I`m proud of my men, they did really well today," Lokomotiv manager Miodrag Bozovic said.
"They showed strong character and proved they can play quality football."