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CSKA’s new hero upset Ignashevich for the second time this season, Fedotov’s team makes its way into the Russian Cup. What happened in the match Baltika – CSKA

CSKA striker Zabolotny. Photo: press service of PFC CSKA (Moscow)

CSKA beat Baltika 1:0 in the Russian Cup thanks to a goal from Victor Davila

On Wednesday, April 3, CSKA players arrived in Kaliningrad to play a Russian Cup match against Baltika. The team of former army player Sergei Ignashevich managed to make some noise this season in this tournament. Today the legend’s local club CSKA is visiting.

Before this match, Baltika, in his characteristic style, “greeted” the CSKA players who arrived at the Kaliningrad arena. The hall under the stands was decorated with match posters in the style of Soviet posters. Well, besides, the “guest” of the fight was a horse, the CSKA mascot. Not alive, a life-size doll that periodically tried to ride skis somewhere.

Victor Davila scored a goal against Baltika. Photo: press service of PFC CSKA (Moscow)

“Welcome to the Rostec Arena! Regarding the origins of the history of the army,” read the “greetings” addressed to the rivals of the Kaliningrad club on social networks.

On Baltika’s program after this match is a meeting with Zenit, and before the match on Match TV, Baltic head coach Sergei Ignashevich noted that these are two different tournaments for his team:

– This is a separate tournament, we are at the semi-finals or quarter-finals stage, if according to the old scheme. The goals in the Cup are high, and in the RPL we are also trying to solve our problems.

Speaking about the match against CSKA, Ignashevich directly stated that the team wants to please the fans, including with its attacking game.

Davila scored against Baltika for the second time this season. Photo: press service of PFC CSKA (Moscow)

CSKA head coach Vladimir Fedotov paid tribute to the strength of his opponent. Because the club has strengthened and, in general, Sergei Ignashevich’s club is a difficult opponent:

— When we see how they worked during the transfer window… It is clear that they have to resolve the problem of maintaining the RPL residence permit, the team has become stronger. The victory over PARI NN is confirmation of this. We watched a lot of Baltika’s matches, we see that they took a step forward,” Vladimir Fedotov said before the match on Match TV.

Small changes in the match with Baltika within CSKA for Fedotov’s team are both rotation and some conclusions from the actions of some players:

“Someone needs to take a break, to look from the outside with fresh eyes.” Competition and the current condition of players matter. And tactical tasks,” noted the CSKA coach.

Ignashevich and Fedotov are coaches with a military past and present. Photo: press service of PFC CSKA (Moscow)

It should be noted that this season, CSKA and Baltika faced each other on September 30, 2023 in Moscow. And then the outcome of the battle was decided only by a precise strike from Victor Davila in the 18th minute of the fight.

Davila, apparently as a Baltika specialist, opened the scoring in the Russian Cup match. In the 39th minute, Davila scored a superb goal with an overhead kick and gave CSKA the lead – 1:0. The teams therefore went to take a break.

The second half was a pretty intense struggle and battle of personalities. CSKA simply pushed the opponent to take a one-goal advantage before the second leg of the Russian Cup.

Time was passing, time was running out. But the second goal never happened, neither against one goal nor another. For the second time this season, CSKA beats Baltika, and for the second time this season, Victor Davila brings victory to his team.

CSKA arrived in a good mood for the match against Baltika. Photo: press service of PFC CSKA (Moscow)

What awaits CSKA and Baltika this season?

Kaliningrad Baltika, after the battle with CSKA, will play in St. Petersburg on April 7 against Zenit in the RPL match. The return match against CSKA in the Russian Cup is scheduled for around April 16 – it will take place in two weeks.

Well, on April 7, CSKA will play at home against Fakel Voronezh.

Source: KP

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