NICK LEYDEN - Friday, June 24, 2011
Eugene Starikov made yet another start for Tomsk on Wednesday but was subbed off before the excitement really picked up in their tie with Rostov.
Tomsk would have hoped to take all three points from the 14th place visitors, but a pair of second half penalties saw them share the spoils.
Starikov started with his regular strike partner, Maksim Kanunnikov, but was replaced by Kiril Kovalchuk in the 62nd minute before the score had been opened.
Just minutes later, however, Kanunnikov was taken down from behind in the box while racing towards a low Nikita Bazhenov cross, drawing both a penalty and a red card for Nigerian international Isaac Okoronkwo.
Kanunnikov confidently struck from the spot, giving Tomsk the lead in the 66th minute.
Despite playing a man down for the remaining quarter of an hour, Rostov did not go away. Subsitute midfielder Edgaras Cesnauskis in particular caused the home defense a number of problems as the game drew to a close.
Two long distance strikes from the Lithuanian forced Sergei Pesyakov into acrobatic saves before he drew a penalty of his own in the 83rd minute.
Russian international striker Roman Adamov proceeded to match Kanunnikov's strike from the spot, tying the score and securing a road point for Rostov.
12th place Tomsk will next host 13th place Volga Nizhny on 6/26.