CSKA Moscow have scored two unanswered goals to get the better of archrivals Spartak, in the match often called the Russian SuperClasico.
Spartak Moscow 0-2 CSKA Moscow
Both sides were looking for luck on the attack in the opening half, but it was CSKA, who used their chances better.
Some great play from the Armymen in the opponents’ box saw Keisuke Honda setting up Ahmed Musa for the opener on 15th minute, 0-1.
Spartak replied with Ari hitting the crossbar in an attempt to put the ball behind the back of CSKA goalie, Igor Akinfeev.
The home team’s coach, Unai Emery, used drastic measures in order to equalize, replacing central defender Juan Manuel Insaurralde, with striker Artem Dzyuba after just half an hour.
But the move didn’t prove effective, with CSKA doubling their advantage soon after the restart.
This time it was Musa assisting to Honda, with the latter finishing off his team’s speedy counterattack, 0-2.
“Derby is always a special meeting and we suffered a very disappointing loss to Dynamo despite a good quality of play last week. So this match was very important,” Leonid Slutsky, CSKA coach, told Sport-Express newspaper. “I think we were in full control of the game. We scored a fast goal after showing off some quality passing. There were very few chances in front of our goals, on the contrary – we were closer to doubling our lead on counterattacks, which we eventually did.”
Spartak’s coach could only promise that his men would perform better when they take on CSKA next time.
“Our players realized the importance of the derby,” Emery stressed. “They said they had to feed on the atmosphere created by our fans and be equally strong. It’s a pity, but we’ve lost. According to my experience, thorough analysis and hard work will lead to right conclusions and help make things right.”
“CSKA won today, but they mustn’t forget that we’ll meet at least once before the end of the season. And then we’ll see, who’s better,” he added.”
The win allowed CSKA leapfrog second-placed Terek Grozny with 24 points after 11 games, while Spartak sits fifth with 19 points in the bag.
Dynamo Moscow 0-2 Anzhi Makhachkala
Meanwhile, Anzhi Makhachkala proved their lead in the Russian Premier League is no accident, collecting a 2-0 win in a difficult away clash against Dynamo.
The Dagestan side went a man down after just eight minutes of play after Joao Carlos prevented Aleksandr Kokorin from shooting at the cost of a straight red card.
But Dynamo had problems in capitalizing on the extra man, creating just a few chances in front of Vladimir Gabulov’s goals.
And on the 52nd minute, the number of players in the teams leveled as the Muscovites’ defender Gordon Schildenfeld, collected a red of his own.
It was all Anzhi after that, with Yury Zhirkov and Samuel Eto’o scoring a goal each to see the championship leaders come out on top.
Anzhi lead the pack with 26 points in the bag, with nearest rivals from CSKA two points behind.
Rubin Kazan 0-1 Amkar Perm
Hardworking Perm defended well in order to get an unexpected three points from Kazan.
Amkar took the lead in the game’s 3rd minute and never allowed Rubin to beat their keeper, Roman Gerus
The visitors finished the game with ten-men as Zakhari Sirakov was sent off for a second yellow.
FC Krasnodar 0-2 Zenit Saint Petersburg
Defending champions Zenit Saint Petersburg have ended their three-game winless streak away in Krasnodar.
The St Pete’s team managed to break the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining, thanks to a blast from outside the box by Konstantin Zyrianov.
And on 78th minute, Viktor Faizulin scored into an empty net, with Zyrianov getting an assist, to seal the deal for Zenit.