Rubin draw 0:0 against Zenit on ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Championship MD-16 at Kazan Arena and break our five-match losing streak against the Saint-Petersburg side.
Rubin start the match quite dynamically: as early as in 2nd minute Rifat Zhemaletdinov runs almost one-on-one against Andrey Lunev but Branislav Ivanovic proves his experience and intercepts Rifats action at the very last second. In the first half, especially, in the first 35 minutes our guys show really good performance building from the back, trying to finish attacks with shooting. Zenit get only few chances in the first half which were based on our own mistakes. The last ten minutes of the first half are dominated by Zenit and Soslan Dzhanaev has to work hard and he does it really well being confident and saving well to deny some shots from Zenit.
Atthe beginning of the second half Rubin look really well, being more dynamic than the opposition side. Zhemaletdinov is close to scoring again like he did in the away match against Zenit in the first round stage. At the end of the match it is Zenit again who take the initiative, but Rubin do not deserve to lose, being strong enough to secure a point against one of the League leading teams.
ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Championship. MD-16
Rubin vs Zenit Saint-Petersburg 0:0 (0:0). November 05, 2017. Kazan. Kazan Arena Stadium. Attendance: 11 007. Referee: Galimov (Ulan-Ude).
Rubin: Dzhanaev (keeper), Kudryashov, Sorokin, Granat, Sigurdsson, Bauer, Kambolov (Caktas, 81), Ozdoev, MVila (cap.), Kanunnikov (Karadeniz, 88), Zhemaletdinov (Azmoun, 75).
Subs: Ryzhikov (keeper), Akmurzin (keeper), Kuzmin, Nabiullin, Burlak, Rochina, Lestienne.
Zenit: Lunev (keeper), Criscito (cap.), Mevlja (Shatov, 67), Ivanovic, Smolnikov, Yerokhin, Paredes, Kranevitter (Driussi, 75), Dzyuba, Kokorin, Poloz (Zhirkov, 56).
Subs: Lodygin (keeper), Kerzhakov (keeper), Terentyev, Novoseltsev, Mammana, Noboa, Kaplenko, Rigoni.
Playersbooked: Granat, 24; Bauer, 54; MVila, 61; Paredes, 72; Smolnikov, 90+; Azmoun, 90+.