CSKA’s stunning win over battling nine-man city rivals Lokomotiv Moscow has returned the Army Men to the top of the Russian Premier League standings, though Anzhi are still hot on their heels.
Despite the run of play at the Luzhniki stadium it was CSKA who scored first, 29 minutes into the game. Sweden midfielder Rasmus Elm curling 20-meter free kick into the bottom left corner made a spectator of Loko’s keeper Dario Kresic.
It took the Railway Men just four minutes to equalize. Full-back Andrey Yeshchenko scored after his shot deflected off Mario Fernandes’ shoulder and deceived CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
The second half brought quite a headache for Loko’s head coach Slaven Bilic. First, midfielder Dmitry Tarasov was sent off eight minutes after the break when he picked up a second booking for an arm smash to the face of Pontus Wernbloom in an aerial challenge.
And then a hamstring injury to forward Maicon nine minutes from time left Lokomotiv with nine men as all substitutions had already been made.
The Premier League leaders made the most of their opponents' bad luck. The 92nd-minute winner came when a deflected shot from Sergey Ignashevich came off Kresic's legs and Wernbloom, who had brought CSKA a last-minute win against Terek a week earlier, made no mistake on the rebound.
Anzhi 3-1 Terek
In Sunday’s other derby, this time the Caucasian one, Anzhi Makhachkala beat Terek Grozny to close the gap to leaders CSKA to a single point.
Mbark Boussoufa, Lacina Traore andChristopher Samba put their names on the scoreboard to which Terek managed to respond only once through Igor Lebedenko, who converted a penalty.
The result returned Guus Hiddink's side to winning ways after last week's 2-1 defeat to Rubin Kazan.
"We were very sharp today, we made a bit of a stupid mistake with the penalty," Hiddink said in a televised interview after the game. "But it was a good game to see and I'm happy with the efficiency."
Terek coach Stanlislav Cherchesov, in his turn, thanked his team for braveness. "There are different ways to lose," he said. "You can throw in the towel or you can lose with dignity," he added, insisting it had been the latter against Anzhi.