Azmoun shines, NEC and Braunschweig relegated

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6,674 views – SAMARA, Iranian teenage striker Sardar Azmoun was in the center of attention in Rubin Kazan’s 4-0 win over Krylya Sovetov Samara in Russian Premier League on Saturday.

Azmoun came on as substitute early in second half when a lackluster Rubin side held a one goal lead already and immediately had an impact.

First the former Sepahan youth striker assisted Mogilevets’ 2-0 with a square pass before heading home a cross from the right himself to mark his fourth league goal of the season.

Azmoun finally initiated Devic’s 4-0 with a good long ball as well.

In German Bundesliga Eintracht Braunschweig could have avoided direct relegation with a win in Hoffenheim, but suffered a well deserved 1-3 defeat.

Daniel Davari, in his last game for Braunschweig, could partially blamed for the third conceded goal, but also assisted Braunschweig’s consolation with a long ball forward.

In Spain, Las Palmas are back in touching distance to second placed Eibar, as a last minute win reduced the gap to the direct promotion spot to three points, with four rounds to go.

The not fully fit Masoud Shojaei came on at halftime and had another good performance for the La Liga hopefuls.

In MLS, Steven Beitashour played another 90 minutes as the Vancouver Whitecaps collected three points on the road versus the Columbus Crew.

On Sunday, NEC Nijmegen and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who played the full 90 minutes and was one of the better NEC players, suffered a bitter 1-3 defeat (1-4 on aggregate) to Sparta Rotterdam in the relegation playoffs and now are certainly relegated to Jupiler League.

In England, already relegated Fulham concluded the season with a 2-2 home draw during which an unimpressive Ashkan Dejagah came on as second half sub.

Dejagah, Jahanbakhsh and Davari can now join Reza Ghoochannejhad, Alireza Haghighi and 16 domestic players in the Austrian training camp. Beitashour, Shojaei, Azmoun, Javad Nekounam, Pejman Montazeri as well as Foolad Khuzestan duo Bakhtiar Rahmani and Sousha Makani still have club duties.

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