Bad result but not the game itself. After 10 minutes of starting gathering up we closed Rubin completely. The goal was a gift, although I don't understand the cause - 8th March is a International Women Day, not Rubin Day.
Man of the match in CSKA - Necid. Honda and Semberas makes top three. MoM at whole - Ryzhikov. We gifted a goal but he make it a Rubin win.
How is CSKA moving the ball around the MF make them the better team? Rubin was disciplined and not close to being broken down. CSKA on the other hand was threatened by Bukharov and made a huge error and gave them the ball. CSKA had Honda shooting, but Gonzales and Necid didn't do much.
Rubin is more than happy to let the game play out as it did.
- CSKA had possession in the second half, but every attempt was very predictable. Long-range free-kicks were the only way to aim the goal. (Forget all the corners CSKA got!)
- That was Akinfeev. IF Chepchugov were in the goal, I'd blame Ignashevich, for the careless back-pass. But, c'mon, he's been No.1 for so many years and what caused him to panic, of all the places, corners, touch-lines, kicking straight to Bukharov? (Is he still haunted with the sombrero?)
Rubin weren't in full force. No Semak, Gokdeniz, Balyaikin..., OK. But who are Orekhov, Galiulin (and Kabze!)?? They can replace players and still perform like Rubin. CSKA without well-tuned Dzagoev have yet to find formula for clever passing games.
Will it be yet another season CSKA will struggle for a place in EL, or will they prove last season was an accident?