Goals by Fernandez and Grulev bring Dynamo an away win over Krylya Sovetov


The encounter of the Mir Russian Premier League fourth round that was held in Samara ended in a 2:0 win.

After the previous round Slaviša Jokanović faced the loss of two key midfielders – Arsen Zakharyan was sent off on last minutes in the game against Fakel while Daniil Fomin didn't fully recover from the injury. The White-Blues' manager decided to change the basic formation to 4-4-2 with a duo of centre-forwards Fedor Smolov – Konstantin Tyukavin.

Roman Yevgenyev entered the starting eleven for Krylya and that was the first opposition of the centre-back to his parent club.

The visitors started the game actively and were rewarded with an opener. Luka Gagnidze crossed smartly into the middle of the box from the corner and Roberto Fernandez headed the ball home scoring his debut goal in Russia.

The Samara side could have equalised soon. Dmitry Tsypchenko fired from the ten-meter spot, Anton Shunin made an excellent save and Artyom Sokolov struck the woodwork when rebounding. The hosts increased pressure forcing the players of the White-Blues to block the balls in different ways. Tsypchenko won the position twice from the corners. However, his headers didn't bring joy to Igor Osinkin's team.

After the interval Krylya Sovetov continued to create chances – Aleksandr Kovalenko missed the target from outside the penalty area. As response, Daniil Lesovoy and Nikola Moro were close to capitalise on Samara side's mistakes but lacked some luck.

Fifteen minutes later Jokanović made the first changes. Tyukavin left the pitch for Laxalt while Grulev shifted to the centre-forward position. This rebuilding worked out well. Moro made an accurate pass to Grulev and Vyacheslav doubled the lead outrunning the goalkeeper.

In the end of the match the Samara side scored a consolation goal that was cancelled because of a handball by Maksim Vityugov.

Dynamo won at Solidarnost Samara Arena and picked up eight points that helped them to climb to the fourth spot. In the next round the White-Blues will host Krasnodar on August 13.