19 September 2021

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Russia: Dinamo Moscow defeat Zenit St. Petersburg third time this season and second time in 2 days!

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Even though they are among the major title contenders in the 2020/21 Russian Superliga Parimatch, Dinamo Moscow beat Zenit Saint Petersburg for the 3rd time in as many head-to-head encounters this season!
In the current season of the competition, duels between the two same teams for two days in a row have become quite a common occurrence due to a large number of postponed matches and the desire of the teams to optimize the schedule. Dinamo Moscow and Zenit Saint Petersburg are among those pairs.
Thus, in a delayed match of the 8th round, the team from the country’s capital swept rivals in straight sets (25:22, 25:21, 25:16) and firmed themselves in first place in the standings with 4 points more than the closest followers Kuzbass Kemerovo, having played 2 matches less. It was Dinamo’s 3rd win against the Saint Petersburg (remained 4th placed) side this season, the 2nd in 2 days to which they were led by Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov, author of 22 points, and Pavel Pankov, who served 5 aces.

| Recovery match of Round 8
| February 7
• Zenit Saint Petersburg — Dinamo Moscow 0:3 (22:25, 21:25, 16:25)
Top Scorers: Kliuka 11, Poletaev 9, Ursov 7, Iakovlev 5, Filippov 4; Sokolov 22, Podlesnykh 10, Semyshev 9, Likhosherstov 9, Vlasov 7, Pankov 5.

| Standings (Updated on February 7)
Dinamo Moscow 49
Kuzbass Kemerovo 45
Zenit St. Petersburg 42
Zenit Kazan 42
Fakel Novy Urengoy 40
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 34
Ural Ufa 31
Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 26
ASK Nizhniy Novgorod 25
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk 24
Gazprom Surgut 20
Dinamo LO 19
Belogorie Belgorod 16
Neftyanik Orenburg 13

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