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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Krasnodar Wins 16-1, Top Striker Scores 10

A makeshift second division side made up of reserves and youngsters has rewritten the record books by thrashing its local rival 16-1 in the highest recorded win in Russian or Soviet league history.

Krasnodar 2000, currently third in the southern zone of the second division, thrashed bottom club Lokomotiv Taim, from Mineralniye Vody, in the most one-sided league game ever Friday.

The club's top striker, Igor Kiselyov, took the starring role by smashing 10 goals, four in the first half and six in the second, including four in eight minutes, which was another record.

"We were lucky — every shot worked," said Kiselyov in a telephone interview Monday.

Inspiration for Kiselyov's goalscoring feat partly came from the news that Oleg Dolmatov — the coach of Kubani, the team Kiselyov supported as a child — had been watching the match with an eye to buying the player.

Kiselyov is not surprisingly the highest goalscorer in the country, with 21 goals after 10 games in the league, 13 more than his nearest rival in the southern zone.

Despite his goals, coach Nikolai Yuzhanin still wants more.

"Every game he has moments," said Yuzhanin in a telephone interview Monday. "He had another three or four chances," said the coach. "I want better."

Yuzhanin had expected to beat Lokomotiv, a team that has only won once this season, and had sent out half his reserve team rather than go for a big win.

Indeed, in the second half Yuzhanin sent on two 16-year-old players for their first-team debuts.

"They're not a strong team," said Yuzhanin of Lokomotiv, adding that they had played a game only the day before, and only arrived in Krasnodar just before the start of the match.

Krasnodar's score, according to Sport-Express newspaper, beats the previous highest win in the Russian league, when Igriz Balakov beat Tekstilshchiki Kamshinsky 14-0 in a second division match in 1992. The Soviet record was for the same score when Dynamo Sverdlovsk beat DKA Omsk in 1937.

Kiselyov's record also beats the eight goals scored by Andrei Tikhonov in a reserve match for Spartak in 1993, the newspaper reported.

Ten goals in a match, although hardly an everyday occurrence, is not a world or even European record, according to the International Federation for Football History and Statistics: Earlier this year, Australia beat Tonga 22-0 and American Samoa 31-0 in Asian World Cup Qualifiers.