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Russia: Fakel down Zenit St. Petersburg in direct clash for no.4. Win also for Dinamo Moscow, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Ufa and ASK

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Fakel downed Zenit Saint Petersburg in Round 23 of the 2020/21 Russian Superliga Parimatch, that closed today after the advance of a couple of days ago.
In less than a month, Zenit St. Petersburg went the path from fighting for the top spot to fighting for the no.4 for the playoffs of the competition. Today, they lost against Fakel by a 3-2 (14:25, 25:20, 25:23, 18:25, 15:9). The team coached by Tuomas Sammelvuo managed to keep 4th place in the standings but now with just 1 point ahead of today’s rivals. It was the 4th defeat of Zenit St. Petersburg in the last 5 matches. Maksim Zhigalov top-scored the Novy Urengoy side with 19 points.
On the other matches, achieving straight-set wins each, Dinamo Moscow and Zenit-Kazan (8th win in a row overall, 5th win in a row in Superliga) kept their statuses of leaders and vice-leaders in the charts, respectively. Below the others…

| 2020/21 Russian Superliga Parimatch regular seasonRound 23:

| February 16
• Belogorie Belgorod – Kuzbass Kemerovo 1:3 (22:25, 25:14, 21:25, 19:25)

| February 20

• ASK Nizhniy Novgorod – Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 3:1 (26:24, 23:25, 27:25, 25:21)
Top Scorers: Vietskiy 30, Titich 15, Nikonenko 15, Melnikov 7; Papazov 19, Makarenko 16, Pozdniakov 10, Masliev 8.

• Dinamo LO – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 1:3 (25:23, 19:25, 15:25, 19:25)
Top Scorers: Biryukov 13, Divis 11, Alekseev 9; Luburic 27, Rodichev 19, Ivovic 13, Kurkaev 11.

• Gazprom Surgut – Zenit Kazan 0:3 (22:25, 22:25, 19:25)
Top Scorers: Shakhbanmirzaev 15, Kostilenko 13, Nikishin 10; Zemchenok 14, Bednorz 14, Volvich 9.

• Yenisey Krasnoyarsk – Dinamo Moscow 0:3 (23:25, 18:25, 14:25)
Top Scorers: Klets 10, Skrimov 5, Zhuk 5, Iereshchenko 5; Sokolov 18, Podlesnykh 14, Likhosherstov 11, Deroo 10, Vlasov 6.

• Fakel Novy Urengoy – Zenit St. Petersburg 3:2 (14:25, 25:20, 25:23, 18:25, 15:9)
Top Scorers: Zhigalov 19, Bogdan 15, Volkov 13, Dikarev 7, Gutsalyuk 7; Poletaev 18, Kliuka 14, Iakovlev 12, Ursov 11, Pashytskyy 10.

• Ural Ufa – Neftyanik Orenburg 3:0 (25:14, 25:20, 25:23)
Top Scorers: Perrin 13, Rybakov 12, Feoktistov 12, Kolenkovskiy 9; Moroz 13, Ananiev 12, Purin 7, Shchadilov 7.

| Standings (updated on February 20)
Dinamo Moscow 54
Zenit Kazan 51
Kuzbass Kemerovo 48
Zenit Saint Petersburg 46
Fakel Novy Urengoy 45
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 41
Ural Ufa 37
ASK Nizhniy Novgorod 30
Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 29
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk 24
Gazprom Surgut 20
Dinamo LO 19
Belogorie Belgorod 17
Neftyanik Orenburg 13

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