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Zenit St. Petersburg missed the chance to join CSKA
August 18 2015

Defending champions Zenit St Petersburg missed opportunity after suffering a 2-0 home defeat to Krasnodar FC, joined CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League top.

Iceland defender La Naxi and Colombian midfielder Ricardo Laborde set on the third side last season's Krasnodar FC a first win on the road in St. Petersburg, they move up to sixth place.

"This is the win that we really needed to boost our self-confidence," FC Krasnodar manager Oleg Kononov said. "Today we played well in defence and threatened back on the counter-attack and it worked perfectly. I'm pleased with both the result and my team's performance."

Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit special holding the second, three points behind CSKA, who defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1 in Friday's derby. Zenit dominant from the off, but it was Sigurdsson, who silenced the home crowd in the 26th minute with a close-range header Laborde's free kick from.

Zenit, fueled by a capacity 21,000 crowd at the Petrovsky Stadium, poured forward searching the equalizer, but they were hit counter Laborde 2-05 minutes after the break from 30 yards beat the goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin.

"Today everything went the wrong way for us," Zenit head coach Villas-Boas said. "We experienced problems in the first half with our attacking football and we failed to control Krasnodar's counter-attacks.

"We came out with a strong spirit in the second half but conceded the second goal and couldn't get back into the game," added the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss.

Saturday evening kick-off, two-time former champion Rubin Kazan, who have struggled so far this campaign, chalked up their first win with a 1-0 success at Kuban Krasnodar.

Turkish Black Sea Gokdeniz veteran is a hero, he scored the first goal Rubin activity in the first 33 minutes. Rubin finally off the mark has lost its past four games.

 


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