Tonight it’s a matchday with FC Rubin playing against FC Zenit within ROSGOSSTRAKH RUSSIAN CHAMPIONSHIP MD-16. The match will be held at Kazan Arena with kick-off time at 19:00.
The match will be officiated by Roman Galimov (34 years old from Ulan-Ude). Assistant referees: Andrey Bolotenkov (Moscow), Dmitry Koloskov (Ufa); fourth official: Ranel Ziyakov (Naberezhnye Chelny); match inspector: Andrey Butenko (Moscow).
Live coverage available at «ТНВ-Татарстан» (ТNV-Tatarstan) (at 19:00 KZN TIME) and «Матч ТВ» (Match TV) (18.55).
Zenit were dominating the first third of the Russian League with 4-point lead over the runner-up. The positive streak was interrupted by 4 non-winning matches including a home defeat against Arsenal (0:1) and Lokomotiv (0:3). “We have all been nervous today” – Zenit boss Roberto Mancini said after his team´s surprise defeat against Arsenal making reference to all-Zenit family tragedy as the club sporting director Konstantin Sarsania died a few days before the match.
This Thursday Zenit played a tense affair in the Europa League, away in Norway with Alexander Kokorin scoring their last-minute equalizer. Zenit has had less time ahead of today’s match but according to our team boss Kurban Berdyev, this is not going to be a problem for Zenit. “They are having quite a good and deep squad, so they are going to make a team rotation for sure.
The first round stage match turned out to be quite dramatic for our team as it was a pity to lose after having taken the lead. It was Rifat Zhemaletdinov who opened the score but we conceded twice in the second half, both goals were scored by Sebastián Driussi. Moreover, Zenit’s second goal was scored within the stoppage time.
Rubin vs Zenit history:
Matches played (post-Soviet stats): 34
Won by Rubin: 9
Won by Zenit: 16
Goal difference: 45-60 (in Zenit’s favour)