BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, December 9, 2012
Eugene Starikov and FK Rostov's four game unbeaten run ended with a disappointing home loss to Krasnodar.
American forward Starikov entered the game as a substitute in the 52nd minute for the hosts.
Krasnodar took the lead in the 24th minute when Joaozinho chipped the ball over the defensive line and found fellow Brazilian Wanderson streaking into the box who, with his first touch, chipped the ball over Rostov's keeper Stipe Pletikosa for a 1-0 lead.
The lead lasted for only two minutes when Rostov's Dragan Blatnjak headed the ball into the box from the right wing and found Dmitri Poloz who lofted the ball over Krasnodar keeper Andre Sinitsyn to level the game at 1-1.
In the 38th, Krasnodar again took the lead when Evgeniy Shipitsin blindly hit a crafty backheel goal past Pletikosa for a 2-1 lead.
In the second half, Wanderson found his second goal of the game on a highly controversial play. After a poor Rostov clearance, Krasnodar's Sergei Kislyak collected and deliveredl into the box for Brazilian. Though it appeared that Wanderson was blatantly offside, the assistant referee kept his flag down and the youngster easily beat Pletikosa for a 3-1 lead.
In the 56th, Rostov cut the two goal deficit in half when a free kick off the post fell right to Dmitri Kirichenko who tapped it into an open net, but the hosts came no closer.
With the win, Krasnodar moves to ninth place in the Russian Premier League while Rostov remains in 11th place with 20 points through 19 games.
Rostov returns to action on Wednesday when they visit relegation fodder Alania at Republican Spartak Stadium.