Welcome to the first ever live blog of FC Tyumen – due to technical issues* (shocking WiFi) we are a bit delayed, but let’s dive straight in…
FULL TIME: Tyumen 2-0 Kuban Krasnodar. Khasan Mamtov slotted a decisive penalty with just over ten minutes remaining to deservedly settle a tight game in favour of Tyumen to consign Kuban to their fifth defeat of the FNL season. Dan Petrescu’s absence from the visitor’s bench left the visitors unable to prevent another demoralising result, before Danil Klenkin’s wonder goal sealed the points with the last touch of the game.
20:38 – MAMTOV!!! No way was that a penalty, but Tyumen won’t care – the home skipper dusts himself off after going down under minimal pressure while running it across the edge of the box, simple penalty to put Tyumen in front. 1-0, now just seven minutes left.
20:29 – Spartak Gogniev is on for the visitors, the former Ural striker. Mamtov meanwhile tries a ludicrous bicycle kick but is snuffed out. Lobkarev again bursts clear of his markers, and a sloppy attempted clearance by Alexey Shlyapkin is redeemed by the referee’s whistle. Still 0-0 with 20 minutes remaining.
20:19 – “There’s no point knocking it into the box every time, Kuban are winning every header in the box,” says Johnny McKenna. Igor Armas and Azat Bayryev are towering above all comers, and as if to prove the point a lovely move on the ground slips in Mamtov, but his shot is just saved…
20:08 – They’re back out for the second half. Oyewole Moses has a powerful effort deflected behind, but corner is cleared.
HALF TIME: FC Tyumen 0-0 Kuban Krasnodar
Well first off apologies for the delay in getting up and running – theGeolog Stadium may well be the best stadium in Siberia with a brand new artificial surface imported from the Netherlands, but the Internet connectivity is shite. Anyways, the home side have been well on top so far with pacy winger Andrey Pavlenko the main danger. Georgiy Zotov, who gained some top flight experience last season, has found no answer to shackling Tyumen’s no.7.
No clear sight of Dan Petrescu yet as the Romanian manager is serving a touchline ban, but he may have walked past with a clipboard. We’ll confirm soon.
Irish Tyumen expert Johnny McKenna: “Tyumen are on top, but Kuban don’t look like a club that were in the top flight last season, nor like one that will be next year.” With seven draws in 13 matches before tonight, he may have a point…
19:39 – Tyumen’s midfield trio of Danil Klenkin, Ivan Cruden and Alexey Pustozerov are passing their way past Oyewole Moses, who looks so lost out there. Chudin shoots from distance, easily saved.
19:31 – Pavlenko again the danger man, his time twisting and turning Azat Bayryev inside out but slicing his shot well wide. Vladimir Lobkarev is about the only Kuban player offering some threat for Dan Petrescu’s side, but his pace is often wasted.
19:27 – MAMTOV! Oh what a save from Evgeniy Frolov, denying the Tyumen captain’s stab at goal from 12 yards. Lovely movement from the hosts.
19:21 – It’s all Tyumen at the moment, this time it’s Amkar Perm trialists Danil Klenkin is felled out wide. Pavlenko bends it in, headed behind for a corner.
19:17 – Penalty?!? No! Andrey Pavlenko bursts into the box after burning his defender, clan through before he’s hacked down in the box, but the referee somehow waves it away. Crowd not happy…