In the first half of their Russian Premier League match, Zenit St. Petersburg mostly sat back and waited for CSKA Moscow to attack them. They put almost everyone behind the ball and left Aleksandr Kerzhakov isolated up top, making sure they kept a clean sheet. After succeeding in this endeavor, they went out more on the front foot in the second half, creating two goals in quick succession to stun CSKA and take an impressive win home to St. Petersburg.
Kerzhakov scored the first goal and ultimate winner in the 54th minute, and it was an absolute beauty. Running onto a cross into the center of the box, the Russian international striker flicked the ball backwards. It spun towards the back post and into the back of the net, giving Igor Akinfeev no chance to make a save.
Just two minutes later, right back Aleksandr Anyukov put the game to rest by scoring Zenit's second goal, a tap-in at the back post on the counter-attack. Anyukov is one of the best right backs in the world at picking his spots to rush forward into the attack and his run paid dividends on this occasion, as he positioned himself perfectly to score the goal.
Zenit looked like near locks to make the Championship Group of the second stage of the Russian Premier League season, but this only further solidifies their place. CSKA remain in first place even with this loss, and are also virtual locks for the Championship Group.