|Irina Shayk and Cristiano Ronaldo were just two of many famous attendees.|
Although they didn't test the net as often as they could have, Tbilisi only increased their dominance coming into the second half. The friendly was clearly more important to the home team. As Dynamo Moscow manager Dan Petrescu made countless substitutions, the opposition appeared confident with their starting lineup, continuing to prod at the box with most of their lineup intact. Tbilisi's Xisco, who struggled to make use of his deliveries, took advantage of a defender's bad pass back to Fernandez and chipped the ball in the net without as much as a wink. Petrescu brought on 18-year-old striker Andrei Panyukov for a lackluster Fedor Smolov, but it was too late to fix a poor performance.
|A draw is reason enough for the hooligans to celebrate.|
Shortcomings aside, the Dynamo Derby was one of the most exciting friendlies to date. It was one of the few real tests for the Moscovites, along with the previous friendly against BSC Young Boys, and a brilliant showcase of the amount of work that's yet to be done before the start of the season.
International Club Friendly
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
Dinamo Tbilisi vs Dynamo Moscow - 1:1 (0:1)
Venue: Dinamo Arena (the Boris Paichadze National Stadium)
Referee: Lasha Silagava (Georgia)
0:1 (3') Vladimir Sobolev (Asst. Luke Wilkshire)
1:1 (75') Xisco