NICK LEYDEN - Saturday, June 18, 2011
Eugene Starikov once again went the distance for Tomsk, though the Siberians were soundly beaten by their high-powered hosts in Moscow.
For the third game in eight days, all against teams from the Russian capital, Starikov found himself in the starting lineup.
But unlike their home games against Lokomotiv and Spartak, both of which ended in ties, Tomsk simply couldn't matchup with Dynamo's stars.
Led by former Liverpool midfielder Andriy Voronin, the hosts scored three unanswered goals in the first half.
The Ukrainian international assisted on each of the first two goals with clever passes from just above the 18 yard box.
The first, a square ball that sent Aleksandr Samedov on goal alone, came in the 27th minute. While the second arrived in the 38th minute, after Voronin's chip found Kevin Kuranyi unmarked at the penalty spot, allowing the former Schalke star to round the ‘keeper and slide the ball gently into the back of the net.
The result was effectively sealed six minutes later when Serbian defender Dorde Jokic let Aleksandr Kokorin skip into the box unchallenged with the ball, instead opting to track Voronin's run towards the spot.
Kokorin happily took the space given to him and calmly slotted the ball towards the far post and into the back of the net.
The result in the Khimki Arena drops Tomsk to 12th place, while Dynamo climb to fourth, just one point out of a Champions League spot.
Starikov and crew will return to Siberia to welcome fellow struggler Rostov to the Trud Stadium on 6/22.