Three goals from Zenit St. Petersburg in a space of 10 second half minutes was enough to ensure that they thrashed the visiting side, Rubin Kazan in their Russian Premier League encounter.
The home team made sure to score an emphatic 4 goals against Rubin Kazan therefore ensuring that they moved up to the third spot on their Premier League table.
Goals from Doeminico Criscito, Robert Mak, Giuliano and that of Artemis Dzyuba was enough to keep the home team in the lead before the visiting side was finally able to pull in a late consolation goal scored by their Brazilian striker, Jonathas.
In the wake of their last three league matches, Zenit have come off with no less than 12 goals which have now placed them just four points behind the current table league leaders, Spartak Moscow.
They also have an unbeaten run as well and their manager who has worried before the beginning of the match has now been able to calm down. His words,
“I was worried ahead of this game as I wasn’t sure my men will manage to recover from the Europa League match and a long flight back home. Luckily, everything was fine for us. I’m happy that we came into the match at full confidence and looked well throughout. I believe we could have scored more goals tonight.”
Zenit had come back fresh from their Europa League battle against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday. They were the visiting side this time around and from 0 – 3, Zenit found their way back to finally end the game at 4-3 thereby beating their hosts, Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The first goal came after former Dinamo Moscow’s player, Yuri Zhirkov who had joined Zenit during the transfer market in 2016 was felled in the box. Italian left-back, Criscito took the spot kick which brought Zenit one goal up.
In a space of 10 minutes Mak, Giuliano and Dzyuba each scored, handing Zenit a commanding 4-0 lead. A consolation goal for Rubin Kazan finally came from Jonathas with just 4 minutes left on the clock.