£18m former Chelsea star scores winning goals in Moscow derby

Zhirkov

Yuriy Zhirkov has popped up today - winning the game for Dynamo Moscow against his old club CSKA Moscow.

Remember Yuriy Khirkov? An absurdly talented wing-back who shone at the European Championships in 2008 he was snapped up by Chelsea in 2009 for a reported fee of £18 million from CSKA Moscow.

The talented star had promise but also had competition - and ultimately his time at Chelsea was always destined to be sub-par.

Despite winning a Premier League and FA Cup medal at Stamford Bridge he struggled to shift Ashley Cole from the left-back position and Florent Malouda from the left wing - so just three years later he left for Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala for £13.2 million in August 2011.

He left the club in August last year as they put the entire first-team squad up for sale amid turmoil - and he along with the likes of Igor Denisov, Aleksandr Kokorin and Christopher Samba all headed to the capital - signing for Dynamo Moscow.

Now working under former Blue Dan Petrescu he had his best day in a Dynamo shirt today as the Russian Premier League got back under way after their winter break - against his former side CSKA in the Moscow derby.

Dynamo went 2-0 down after Seydou Doumbia hit two early strikes - and the scores were that way at half-time.

Now I want to know what Petrescu said to them at half-time - because they came out in the second half like new men.

They dominated the period - with Kevin Kuranyi and former Blackburn and QPR defender Samba drawing them level.

But it was the ex-Chelsea man who grabbed the headlines. He scored two sublime goals within seven minutes of each other to win Dynamo the tie - and send them four points clear of their city rivals, title holders and Zhirkov’s former team.

And despite his old alliances - he celebrated his goals, and rightly so.

Here are the highlights…

image: © mollyig

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