Dutch football great Ruud Gullit's first match in charge of ambitious Russian Premier League outfit Terek Grozny ended in a 1-0 defeat at home to champions Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday. The 48-year-old two-time world player of the year's hopes of a memorable win on his debut in the Grozny dugout were ruined by Serbian striker Danko Lazovic's 14th minute goal.
The hosts made more of a game of it in the second-half against Zenit, who finished 35 points ahead of them last season, but failed to even get a point thanks to a resolute defensive display by the visitors.
Elsewhere two-time champions Rubin Kazan clinched a 2-0 away win over Kuban at Krasnodar. Rubin midfielder Alan Kasayev gave his side a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute lobbing the ball into the net over the hosts goalkeeper Alexander Budakov and skipper Christian Noboa added another with a penalty two minutes from time.
CSKA Moscow's Russian international defender Sergei Ignashevich scored both the goals in his side's 2-0 home win over Perm. Ignashevich scored his first from the spot right before the break after Brazilian striker Vagner Love was fouled in the area and scored his second three minutes after the interval.
"We created plenty of chances today but our forwards missed them all," CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky said. "Luckily we have Ignashevich."
Lokomotiv Moscow also made a winning start, clinching a 3-2 win over city rivals Dynamo.
Lokomotiv got off to a flying start taking the lead when the match was just three minutes old through defender Jan Durica, who scored after a mixup in the Dynamo defence.
Taras Burlak and Dmitry Torbinsky added one apiece to put Lokomotiv 3-0 up.
Dynamo's midfielder Alexander Samedov and former German international striker Kevin Kuranyu reduced the arrears in injury time.