Despite taking an early lead, CSKA Moscow could only master a 1-1 draw in their clash against city rivals from Dynamo in the opening game of Matchday 34 in the Russian Football Premier League.
Seydou Doumbia put the hosts from CSKA in front on the 3rd minute in the match between the second and third teams on the table.
Keisuke Honda assisted the Ivorian striker, who won the power struggle against Dynamo’s defender Vladimir Granat and slotted home, 1-0.
CSKA then gave possession to the visitors, relying on sharp counterattacks, in which Doumbia and Ahmed Musa were especially dangerous.
But the Army Men could not bag all three points on the night, with Dynamo’s finding the equalizer 15 minutes from time.
Igor Semshov’s rare header from the edge of the box became an unsolvable puzzle for CSKA’s goalie, Sergey Chepchugov, 1-1.
“We had a very good start – scored a quick goal and created a number of other good opportunities,” Leonid Slutsky, CSKA’s coach, told Sportbox.ru. “Then, unfortunately, we gave the initiative away to the opponent. Yes, we had some good counterattacks, but sometimes we didn’t control the ball at all. This always puts extra pressure on the defensive line and that’s why we made a mistake. I’m not satisfied, not only with the result, but also with the quality of our game after we took the lead.”
CSKA are having some problems in regaining their winning form since the start of the year as two of other games– against Real Madrid and Zenit – also ended in a draw.
Table-toppers Zenit will now play Kuban in St. Petersburg on Sunday, knowing that the victory would see their gap from CSKA increase to eight points.
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