NICK LEYDEN - Friday, June 17, 2011
Eugene Starikov played the full 90 as Tomsk snatched a last minute equalizer against Moscow giants Spartak on Tuesday.
In their second of three consecutive games against Moscow clubs, Tomsk rescued a point in the 90th minute when Maksim Kanunnikov scored for the second game in a row.
Although Starikov was not involved in host's lone score, the California product was dangerous all night and tested Andrei Dikan multiple times in Spartak's goal.
It was the first 90 minute shift of Starikov's season, as he continues to solidify his role in the starting lineup.
The Tomsk faithful were treated to an open game from the start with both sides frequently testing the opposing defense before an Artem Dzjuba breakaway put the visitors on top in the 20th minute.
The 22 year old received a long ball in the midfield circle, flicking it past his marker with the outside of his foot and then outpacing three more Tomsk defenders on his way towards Alexsey Botviniev's goal.
Despite numerous chances the Siberians were unable to level the score until the 90th minute.
Kanunnikov received a quick throw-in on the left wing before splitting two defenders on his way into the box and unleashing a 15 yarder past Dikan.
The tie puts Tomsk in 11th place. They will next suit up at Dinamo Moscow's Khimki Arena on Saturday.