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Spartak and CSKA fight terrorism on football pitch (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: October 15, 2012 11:09
Edited time: October 15, 2012 15:15

CSKA and Spartak veteran players pose for a group photo before the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)

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Spartak veterans have beaten their archrivals from CSKA in a charity match to aid people who've suffered at the hands of terrorism.

­Andrey Tikhonov, Valery Karpin, Dmitry Khokhlov and Egor Titov were just some of the icons who appeared on the pitch of Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday.

“Initially, we planned to hold the match in September due to the tragic events which happened then,” Andrey Tikhonovtold Sportbox.ru. “But there were some problems and we had to reschedule. By uniting the two archrivals – Spartak and CSKA – we wanted to remind people that the problem of terrorism exists. ”

Sergey Yuran demonstrated Spartak's intention just three minutes into the game, putting the Red-and-Whites in front, 1-0.

CSKA Oleg Kornaukhov then equalized three minutes after the break from the penalty spot.

But Spartak weren’t done yet, with none other than captain Tikhonov delivering the final blow.

“Despite the game being for charity, we never forgot that we are playing against our principal rivals,”
he explained. “I want to thank the fans for their support. We really wanted to show the current Spartak players what a derby against CSKA means.”

The 41-year-old settled the final score with a great effort from the edge of the box as he used to do during his eight-year spell with the Muscovites, 2-1.

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Spartak′s Andrey Tikhonov (L) against CSKA′s Aleksey Savelyev in the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)
Spartak's Andrey Tikhonov (L) against CSKA's Aleksey Savelyev in the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)
FC Spartak Moscow fans hold the banner depicting Andrey Tikhonov during the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)
FC Spartak Moscow fans hold the banner depicting Andrey Tikhonov during the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)
Spartak′s Dmitry Khlestov (L) against CSKA′s Dmitry Khokhlov in the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)
Spartak's Dmitry Khlestov (L) against CSKA's Dmitry Khokhlov in the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)
Renowned Russian football coach Oleg Romantsev during the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)
Renowned Russian football coach Oleg Romantsev during the "Thank You, Fans!" charity match between Spartak and CSKA former players (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)