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Published on March 24th, 2013 | by Daniel Boyle


In Search of El Ruso


El Ruso takes the field for Santiago Morning. Photo: Daniel Boyle

With the World Cup qualifiers being played, there is no action is first division matches. That didn’t stop Chile’s Primera B from continuning. Ladder leaders Coquimbo visited Santiago Morning at Estadio Santiago Bueras in Maipú.

The microbuseros attracted the attention of the world when they signed Maxim Molokoyedov. Of all places to find your new recruit, El Ruso was discovered in jail. The midfielder was still serving his sentence when he scored two goals in a friendly against Palestino on debut.

El Ruso is still yet to score in an official match. With one shot blasted onto the scoreboard behind the stadium, they may not change for some time. Coming on at halftime, the Russian looked balanced and composed, simply feeding players around him, holding posession and putting himself into space.

Santiago Morning recovered from a 2-0 deficit, with Coquimbo blasting their goals into the back of the net. The visitors were much more vocal than their hosts, though after the half time break the tides turned, with Coquimbo only managing a comedy of errors, including an own goal and many missed chances.

On first viewing, El Ruso seemed a class above his Primera B teammates. There will be no surprises if he steps up a division next season.

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