Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan steer the parallel course in the Europa League as both Russian outfits claimed convincing home victories on Thursday after drawing their opening group games.
Anzhi took on Young Boys from Switzerland in Moscow and needed an hour to break their opponents’ defense. They took the lead after Young Boys forward Gustavo Zarate handballed a cross in the box and Samuel Eto'o made no mistake with the penalty, slotting low into the left-hand corner.
And the Cameroon star made no mistake finishing Anzhi’s counter-attack after Mbark Boussoufa found Oleg Shatov with a penetrating pass and the young Russian sent in a low cross for Eto'o to apply a simple finish and claim his seventh Europa League goal of the season.
Anzhi now top Group A with four points level with Udinese and one point ahead of Liverpool, while Young Boys are bottom with two defeats in as many games.
Meanwhile, a goal either side of half time break saw Rubin Kazan settle for a 2-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.
Rubin's Turkish winger Gokdeniz Karadeniz fired the hosts ahead in spectacular fashion on 44 minutes. He fooled several Serbian defenders before driving into the near corner with keeper Vladimir Stojkovic rooted to the spot.
And Aleksandr Ryazantsev doubled the lead three minutes after the restart, slotting under Stojkovic to round off a well-played three-pass move.
The Kazan side now share the top spot in Group H with Italian giants Inter Milan, who beat minnows Neftchi Baku 3-1 in Azerbaijan.