Moscow "Spartak" lost to Kazan "Rubin" with a score of 0: 2 as part of the 20th round of the Russian football championship. The meeting took place in Moscow at the Otkrytie Arena stadium.
The main intrigue in the Moscow "Spartak" was the appearance of the newcomer Quincy Promes in the starting line-up. As a result, the player appeared from the first minutes and was able to strengthen the left flank of the red-and-white attack, but failed to score with effective actions.
In the first half, two yellow cards and the sending off of Roman Zobnin can be noted. After the break, the coaching staff of the red and whites decided to refresh the center of the field and instead of Hendrix, Kral appeared on the field.
Rubin, 8 minutes after the start of the second half of the game, managed to take advantage of the numerical advantage in the squad and Despotovic opened the scoring in the match. Kvaratskhelia received a pass from the bottom of someone else's penalty area, after which he stood under pressure from Moses and found Despotovich in the possession of Maksimenko with a pass, and he sent the ball into the corner of the goal with a touchdown kick.
At the 71st minute of the match, the main referee of the match, Sergei Lapochkin, leveled the lineups, showing the second yellow Oliver Abilgor, but this did not help the red and whites, and in the 89th minute of the meeting Despotovich scored a double.
This is Spartak's fourth defeat in a row in official matches. On February 20, Spartak lost to Dynamo in the Russian Cup (0: 2), and before the winter break they lost twice in a row in the Russian championship: Zenit (1: 3) and Sochi 0: 1.
Spartak (Moscow) - Rubin (Kazan) - 0: 2
«Spartacus»: Maksimenko, Zhigo, Maslov (Bakaev, 81), Jikia, Ayrton, Moses, Hendrix (Kral, 46), Zobnin, Ponce, Promes, Sobolev.
«Ruby»: Dupin, Samoshnikov, Starfelt, Uremovich, Zuev (Begich, 25), Abilgor, Shatov, Musaev (Yevtich, 80), Kvaratskhelia, Makarov (Bakaev, 85), Despotovich.
Goals: Despotovich, 53, 89.
Warnings: Gigot, 12; Moses, 20; Zobnin, 37, 45 + 3; Sobolev, 75; Jikia, 87 / Shatov, 7; Begich, 26; Abilgor, 62, 71.
Removal: Zobnin, 45 + 3 / Abilgor, 71
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (St. Petersburg)
February 28, Moscow. "Otkrytie Bank Arena"