When the leadership of “Locomotive” made the unpopular decision, dismissing Yuri Semin, and having appointed instead of it Marko Nikolic, it begged the question: what will change in the team when the Serbian coach? A little over a month since then, and a definite answer yet. In fairness, I Nikolic barely had time to change something. And yet, by and large, the railwaymen are the same as with Semin.

a brilliant shape has gained Alexey miranchuk. He previously was the undisputed leader of the “Locomotive” and one of the most brilliant players in the Premier League. But after the resumption of the season, the midfielder scored nine of the 12 goals of the “red-green”. It becomes clear why Semin is so clung to him and why several top European clubs were interested and are still interested in Alex.

However, he Miranchuk at a recent meeting with fans said: there were some conversations, but formal offers had not been received. So, at least for now, he remains in “the Locomotive”. And scores such goals as, for example, in gate “Krasnodar” in a difficult situation, Alex managed to control the ball and then pass it into the goal of Matthew and. The Muscovites won with six points equal with CSKA and Zenit.

the Last 5-10 minutes the guys were nervous, but we deserved to win. We had chances to score their second goal. Lokomotiv could have scored his and quietly to gain the three points – said Nikolic.

Well, “Krasnodar” frankly disappointing. After the resumption of the season the team is not similar to itself. Of course, make themselves felt injury leaders: and if the absence of Viktor Klasson all already accustomed to, the recent loss of Tony Villena and Ari, it seems, strongly influenced by southerners. At the end of last season they failed to earn a direct ticket to the group stage of the Champions League, and now they lost to one of the competitors in the Premier League.

– Before the break we showed quality football. There were moments, but never used them. In the second half could have levelled the score. Not enough power and movement. How our squad fit for the Champions League? When it comes to these meetings, it will be seen. Guys, I am happy, they are unable to solve the most serious tasks, – said the chief coach of “Krasnodar” Murad Musayev.

the First victory in the season won “Spartak”. Muscovites have beaten on the home field “Ahmad” (2:0) thanks to goals from Jordan Larsson from the penalty spot and Escuela Ponce.

All week, fans wondered: what will be the refereeing in the match of Spartak? There will again be the talk of the arbitrators, complaints and cancelled goals “red-white”? After the scandalous match against “Sochi” (2:2), in which the referee Vasiliy Kazartsev has appointed two controversial penalty against the team of Domenico Tedesco, any important episode involving the player “Spartaka” have polagat�� will be examined under the microscope.

Here and in the match with “Ahmad,” the judge almost played a decisive role in the final result. But, unlike previous games, two goals, “red-white” was abolished absolutely. In the first episode Larsson played with his hand, and in the second Georgy Jikia got into an offside position.

the result was decided after the break. “Spartak” looked solid enough, and even without Tedesco on the bench surely gained three points. As for Domenico, he felt a slight indisposition and stayed in a hotel.

– We controlled the match. In the first half we had a couple mistakes, but overall the game was played to our advantage. When I scored the first goal, we didn’t feel that played up his hand. And to have the arbitrators VAR. They made the right decision and cancelled the goal – frankly admitted Larsson.

the Second victory in a row won CSKA. “Red-blue” though and hardly, but has beaten on the home field “Tambov” (2:1). By the way, Muscovites for the first time in five years, won the opening two rounds. The last time this happened in season 2015/16. And then the “red-blue” won the title.

– At some point we turned off from the game, its level fell. Fortunately, after “Tambov” equalized, found the strength to mend. I would like to better control the game, – said CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko.

“Arsenal” – “Ufa” – 2:3

goals: Lutsenko, 26, Station, 72 mole, 45+1, Golubev, 54, Bizyak, 63 pins.

“Spartak” – “Ahmad” – 2:0

goals: Larsson, 52 pins., Ponce, 69.

“Sochi” – “Khimki” – 1:1

goals: Noboa, 63 – Troshechkin, 24.

“the Dynamo” – “the Rotor” – 0:0

CSKA – “Tambov” – 2:1

goals: Kuchaev, 29, Shkurin, 55 – garabedian, 42.

“Rostov” – “Zenith” – 0:2

goals: Azmoun, 23, Lovren, 87.

“the locomotive” – “Krasnodar” – 1:0

Goal: Miranchuk, 43.