The Russian Premier League continued today with more 3 games and in Kazan we had the biggest match of the round with two of the dark horses facing each other.
After a disappointing season last year, Rubin Kazan stars the year with a 2-1 win against Krasnodar. The Iranian Messi Sardar Azmoun scored a brace in the first half with Smolov scoring for Krasnodar. In the second half the away team had indeed more possession but, as usual in Berdyev teams, Rubin was always comfortable in defense.
Semak and Zenit start with a away win
Earlier in the afternoon Zenit had to suffer to beat the promoted Yenisey. With a very different starting 11 when compared with last season, Semak started with Hermani, Shatov, Noboa and Dzyuba, all players that did not count for Mancini.
And it was Artem Dzyuba who opened the score in the 80th minute. The Russian striker keeps his World Cup shape and should be one of the stars for Zenit this year. 5 minutes later Zuzyayev scored the second.
This first round continues tomorrow with the Champion Lokomotiv travelling to Ufa. Both teams come from a short rest period, as Ufa played on Thursday for the Europa League and Lokomotiv on Friday for the Super Cup.