As the Europa League returned, Russian clubs made it three wins from three with some impressive displays. How far can the trio go?
With backs to the wall and memories beginning to haunt supporters, one man stood up for Spartak and their European future.
Igor Akinfeev’s injury threatened to ruin Russia’s Euro 2012 before the tournament even started. Thanks to Zenit’s goalkeeper, that hasn’t been the case.
Ever since Lev Yashin’s career ended, Russia has struggled to find a truly world class goalkeeper to replace the great man.