CSKA Moscow moved to second place in the Russian Premier League with their 2-0 win against the top-shelf rookies from Alania Vladikavkaz.
CSKA Moscow 2-0 Alania Vladikavkaz
CSKA Moscow showed no mercy for the club where their legendary ex-coach, Valery Gazzaev, is currently employed as president.
Both of CSKA's goals were scored by Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda, with assists by Ahmed Musa.
Another former CSKA player, Deividas Semberas, left Alania with ten men on the field after he was red-carded in stoppage time.
“We didn’t play to well in the first half,” Musa told the Sport-Express newspaper. “In the first half we managed to adjust to our rivals’ play. They got a bit tired in the end and we managed to capitalize on the gaps in their defense.”
“I’m happy with Keisuke. He was in a good position on both occasions and scored,” he said.
The win propelled CSKA to second place in the standings, just one point behind leaders Terek Grozny.
Anzhi Makhachkala 5-2 FC Krasnodar
The fate of the matchup in Dagestan was decided in the game's first 14 minutes, which saw Anzhi rocketing to a 3-0 lead.
The rest of the match was pure entertainment for the fans, with the home team scoring two more goals, and Krasnodar doing the same.
Mbark Boussoufa was on fire, with the Moroccan not only scoring a goal himself, but also assisting the other four goals.
Anzhi’s biggest star, Samuel Eto’o, finished the night with a brace to his name.
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