MOSCOW, July 21 (RIA Novosti)
A late own goal handed Spartak Moscow a 2-1 victory over Alania Vladikavkaz in their opening game of the Russian Premier League season on Saturday.
Emmanuel Emenike put Spartak 1-0 up inside just 10 seconds, latching onto a flick from Artem Dzyuba and steering past Alania goalkeeper Dmitry Khomich with the outside of his right boot.
The goal may be a record; Alexei Bychkov scored a goal that was recorded at nine seconds for Shinnik Yaroslavl against Rotor Volgograd in the 1999 championship.
An equalizer was just 13 minutes away as Russia under-21 midfielder Arsen Khubulov connected sweetly on the fall from six yards out after goalmouth scramble.
The winner came four minutes from time, as substitute Pavel Yakovlev darted in from the right and centered the ball only for Alania defender Anton Grigoryev to turn it into his own net.
Dikan got down fast to his right to deny a strike from Brazilian forward Rudnei on 29 minutes.
At the other end, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov opted to shoot into the side netting from a tight angle with Emenike free for the pullback.
After half time, Brazilian forward Danilo Neco veered into the area and sent a snap shot toward the top corner that Dikan tipped over.
Spartak winger Aiden McGeady powered a shot from the right straight at Khmich before Nicolas Pareja rose at the back post to head off the top of the crossbar.
Spartak coach Emery brought Brazilian striker Welliton on for Dzyuba on the hour as he chased a victory on his debut.
Tempers flared on 68 minutes when Emenike felt he had been brought down in the penalty area, though the referee managed to restrict the fallout to pushing and shoving.
Emenike made way for another Brazilian, striker Ari, with ten minutes remaining.
McGeady struck from range in vain before his opposite No. 8 Mikhail Bakaev did the same at the other end.
Bilyaletdinov then missed a clear-cut chance on 82 minutes, mistiming a volley six yards out after Ari headed a long cross back across goal.
An even easier opportunity went begging the next minute as substitute Pavel Yakovlev shanked over with the goal gaping.
The winner came moments later, with Yakovlev getting the better of two defenders down the left and forcing the own goal, condemning the Premier League newcomers to a cruel defeat.
Earlier Saturday, Dynamo Moscow were stunned 1-0 by ten-man FC Volga, and CSKA Moscow beat FC Rostov courtesy of Seydou Doumbia's second-half strike.
In Friday's season-opener, Lokomotiv Moscow held on for a dramatic 3-2 win over newly promoted Mordovia Saransk.
On Sunday, champions Zenit St. Petersburg host Amkar Perm, Krylya Sovetov welcome Terek Grozny and Dan Petrescu's Kuban travel to Anzhi Makhachkala.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: The World’s Most Notorious Prisons
Infographics: Group of Eight: Countries and Permanent Members
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
The formation of the Russian Popular Front (RPF) could be a positive development in Russian politics. While it is clear that Russia still lacks a full-fledged multiparty system, the fact is that such systems are in crisis elsewhere in the world. Traditional political parties are growing increasingly inadequate and outmoded. Their time has passed.