The current Russian champion played a draw with Akhmat Grozny. Most of the meeting “Zenith” held in the minority. Due to an injury, the midfielder of the St. Petersburg team Claudinho could not finish the game

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Zenit goalkeeper Odoevsky was sent off at the end of the first half

(Photo: Alexander Kulebyakin / Global Look Press)

St. Petersburg football club “Zenit” in the away match of the fourth round of the Russian Premier League tied with the Grozny “Akhmat”. The meeting ended with a score of 0:0 – this is the first match of the Russian championship of the 2022/23 season that ended without goals scored.

Zenit spent most of the meeting in the minority. In the 41st minute of the meeting, goalkeeper Daniil Odoevsky knocked forward Lechi Sadulaev outside the penalty area and was sent off for a “foul of last hope”.

The removed goalkeeper was replaced by Mikhail Kerzhakov. The Brazilian goalkeeper Ivan, who moved to the St. Petersburg club in the summer off-season, remained on the bench.

In the 60th minute, Zenit midfielder Claudinho was injured and was unable to continue the game. Instead, the former Spartak midfielder Zelimkhan Bakaev appeared on the field.

Spartak won the third victory in a row and came out on top in the RPL

Photo: Alexander Stupnikov / Global Look Press

After this draw, the reigning champion of Russia scored eight points and was two points behind the leaders Spartak and CSKA. Akhmat moved up to sixth place in the table with five points.

Zenit will have the opportunity to overtake one of the leaders in the fifth round. On August 13, he will receive the army team on his field. Akhmat will play away with Khimki a day later.

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