Russia (bbabo.net), - On Saturday in the match of the 19th round of the Russian Premier League "Sochi" at the Olympic arena "Fisht" won the Tula "Arsenal" - 2:0 (0:0). Barça have scored 34 points and continue to take third place in the national championship.
The match poster posted on the Sochi club’s social media accounts featured a frame from the box office-leading film Ancharted: Not on the Maps and the words: “In search of a great treasure, we start our journey from the Tula Arsenal. It is clear that under the “treasure” meaning medals of any value that southerners, coming in third place, dream of.
Although in the off-season Vladimir Fedotov's team did not make any big acquisitions (perhaps the most famous newcomer is Georgy Melkadze, who never made it to the base of Spartak), but a well-built game allowed the "bars" to be at the top all the time.
But their rival, who occupies the twelfth place, is likely to be happy at the end of the season to simply maintain a residence permit in the RPL. At the same time, Miodrag Bozovic's team can clearly be strengthened by the well-known Serbian forward Djordje Despotovic, who recently came from Rubin Kazan. True, Melkadze and Despotovich simultaneously got only into the number of substitutes for this meeting.
However, they have yet to break into the base of their teams, but how Sochi will cope with the absence of its captain and chief designer of the attack, Christian Noboa, who is serving a suspension, had to be seen.
In the debut, we note that without the Ecuadorian, the hosts, who had more possession of the ball, did not deliver any special problems to the Tula: often the attacks simply ended with passes to their main sniper Mateo Cassier, with whom the central defenders of the opponent acted quite carefully. Although in the 35th minute, the Colombian almost sent the ball into the net with his head after an unsuccessful exit from the gate by Anton Kochenkov.
In turn, in one of the counterattacks from outside the penalty area, the guests' Georgian midfielder Zuriko Davitashvili also dangerously struck. But before the break, none of the opponents in a rather tough confrontation (chief referee Vladislav Bezborodov showed three mustard plasters to the Arsenal players and one to Sochi) failed to score.
But in the second half, the teams increased their speed. As a result, not only constant martial arts were launched on the field in all areas, but a whole series of pretty attacks from both sides followed. Moreover, their hosts converted very quickly: after Ibragim Tsallagov's serve, the Ivorian defensive midfielder Victorien Angban sent the ball into the net with his head from close range - 1:0, 50th minute.
Literally a couple of minutes later, Arsenal made a quick attack, during which Davitashvili shot past goalkeeper Denis Adamov from seven meters to the left, but Sochi central defender Rodrigo managed to knock the ball off the goal line.
Tulyaks carried out several more sharp attacks, however, they failed to score. And when the central defender Artem Sokol knocked down the same Angban in his own penalty area, Artur Yusupov clearly converted the penalty - 2:0, 76th minute.
“Sochi” brought the fight to an important victory for themselves, scored 34 points and is already four points ahead of CSKA, which is in fourth place.