Zenit beat Rubin, Samara thrash Kuban Krasnodar

Reigning champions Zenit St. Petersburg beat struggling Rubin Kazan 3-1 on Monday to move into second place within the Russian Premier League. A brace by Russian international Oleg Shatov as well as a purpose by Brazilian Hulk set Zenit on their strategy to a victory which left them 3 points behind leaders CSKA Moscow, the only side using a excellent record.

“Everything was just fantastic,” Zenit manager Andre Villas-Boas said. “Today we had been the most effective group on the pitch. And there was a wonderful exhibition for us.

“After we’ve suffered a aim the group reacted truly nicely. We’ve scored the second aim and after that the third, which killed the game. There is only a single team to win this game and it really is Zenit.”

Zenit took the lead in the 16th minute when Axel Witsel who from fut coins club setup the unmarked Shatov 12 yards out using a back-heel and Shatov fired home from with Rubin goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov nicely beaten. Within the 72nd minute Rubin midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov levelled, only for Hulk to restore the visitors’ lead six minutes later, lobbing the ball into the net over the helpless Ryzhikov from 22 metres. Shatov rounded off the scoring with his second of the match with six minutes to go.

In Monday’s other encounter, newly-promoted Samara thrashed visitors Kuban Krasnodar 3-0. Belarusian international Stanislav Dragun netted a double, although compatriot Sergei Kornilenko added a third.