Sunday’s final of the Russian Football Cup will be held at the Luzhniki stadium. Moscow Spartak and Dynamo will play in the decisive match. The excitement around the match is such that all 80,000 seats can be filled. Who will be able to win, said the former midfielder of the red and white Alexander Mostovoy.
A possible victory will be a great gift for Spartak fans in the year of the 100th anniversary of the club’s founding. The Spartak team made it to the final without any problems: they defeated Kuban at home (6:1) in the 1/8 finals, beat CSKA away (1:0) in the quarterfinals and defeated Krasnoyarsk Enisey at home in the semifinals (3:0) . In addition to the army, all rivals were representatives of the lower division – FNL-1.
“Given the spring crisis at Dynamo, I think that Spartak has a better chance of winning,” Mostovoy shared his opinion with Izvestia.
According to him, the blue-and-whites have not been able to win for a month now, they are suffering devastating defeats and are going down.
Spartak does not look much better, but is still able to gather for a separate match and win, which was shown by both the cup quarter-final with CSKA and the March derby with Dynamo in the championship. In addition, the players will definitely want to please themselves, the management, and the fans by winning the trophy in the year of the club’s 100th anniversary,” Mostovoy said.
In the spring, the quality of Dynamo’s play deteriorated, but until mid-April the team was still steadily scoring points and breathing down Zenit’s back. However, in the last five rounds, she scored only one point.
During the entire post-Soviet era, Dynamo won a serious trophy only once. It was the 1995 Russian Cup. Then in Luzhniki, the blue and whites under the leadership of Konstantin Beskov played a goalless draw with Rotor Volgograd in regular and extra time, and took the upper hand 8:7 on penalties.
According to the legendary defender Alexander Tochilin, who played for the team at that time, recent failures do not reduce Dynamo’s chances of success in the final.