FC Sochi beat FC Krasnodar in the match for reaching the quarterfinals of the Russian Betcity Cup. The meeting took place the night before in the regional capital and ended in defeat for the home team.
At the beginning of the game, the initiative for possession of the ball passed from one team to another alternately. However, mutual pressure did not bring the desired result. The first half ended with the score 0: 0.
The Sochi players managed to print the goal of the bulls in the 52nd minute of the match. A goal from a rebound after a pass was scored by 29-year-old forward Anton Zabolotny. On the 67th minute of the game, the leopards doubled their lead. The goal of the rivals from Zabolotny’s pass was struck by the team’s midfielder Joaozinho.
After conceding 2 goals, the home team stepped up, showing the opponent a powerful defense and effective counterattack. Several successful combinations allowed the bulls to close the lead. The goal of the Sochi team was struck by a shot by Tony Villena in the 82nd minute of the game, but that was not enough. The match was drawing to a close. In the last tense 5-minute of the game, Krasnodar made several more attempts to shoot from the penalty area, but the leopards withstood the attack.
The victory allowed Sochi to qualify for the first quarter finals of the Russian Cup. The rival of the club and the date of the match will be announced on February 23 after the draw