Monday, October 18, 2010
Eugene Starikov saw his first significant action of the season for Russian Premier League club Tom Tomsk who split the points with Saturn on Saturday at Trud Stadium in Tomsk.

Starikov came on as a substitute at halftime for Goran Maznov and played the final 45 minutes up front at forward.

Artem Dzyuba put Tomsk ahead in the 18th minute when he received a pass in from Ilya Gultyaev on the left flank and scored in the bottom left corner of the net.

However three minutes later Saturn equalized with some brilliant play from Andrei Karyaka who dodged two defenders before depositing a shot just inside the far post.

The Siberians looked for all the world that they would take a lead into the half after Dzyuba was brought down in the area however the striker's penalty kick was saved.

Halftime saw Starikov make his entrance on the field as the American originally lined up on the right flank before being slotted back into the middle of the field as the half wore on.

Tomsk's disappoint from the missed penalty quickly subsided after the break with a goal in the 56th minute.

Again, it was Dzyuba who was the main protagonist when he fired in from long-range to put the home team back in front.

But just ten minutes later Saturn responded and this time it was Marko Topic doing the damage.

A long ball into the area sailed over everyone except for Topic who had just substituted onto the field.

The Bosnian had an open net to work with and made Starikov and company pay for the defensive lapse.

Although Starikov was not involved in Tomsk's second half goal, head coach Valeri Nepomniachi remarked after the game that he was pleased with the Zenit St. Peterburg loanee's performance and that Starikov played sharp and made good decisions in his time on the field.

Next up for Tomsk is a road contest on Saturday versus Spartak Nalchik.