Anzhi Makhachkala and CSKA Moscow maintained their lead in the Russian Premier League clinching their confident respective wins 2-0 over Spartak Nalchik and 4-2 against hosts Terek Grozny on Friday.
The results left CSKA and Anzhi joint top of the league table with both on 22 points. However, the Red Army side still have a game in hand. Kuban Krasnodar, who beat 3-2 Amkar Perm, sit third on 21 points.
CSKA started in lively fashion and their Ivorian forward Seidou Doumbia put the Muscovites into the lead in the 19th minute, lobbing the ball into the net over goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanayev after beating the hosts' defence on a breakaway. Brazilian marksman Wagner Love increased CSKA's lead in the 36th minute, converting from Doumbia's right wing cross.
Six minutes after the interval Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda made it 3-0 for CSKA firing home from the edge of the box. Wagner Love netted his second of the match with 10 minutes remaining, sending a deflected effort into and empty net before Brazilian midfielder Mauricio scored two late consolation goals within just two minutes for the hosts to the frustration of CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky.
"We played well throughout the match but flunked the very end completely, allowing our rivals to score twice and create a set of opportunities in injury time," Slutsky said. "It's absolutely unacceptable!"
Meanwhile, Anzhi Makhachkala also dominated their encounter from the start, clinching the lead on 20 minutes through Brazilian veteran Roberto Carlos, who beat Nalchik goalkeeper Yevgeny Pomazan with a well-struck freekick.
Czech striker Jan Holenda underlined Anzhi domination just before the one-hour mark, when he sent the ball home from Carlos' feeding pass to secure Makhachkala well-deserved win. "In general we played a good match today but I would like to see better control of the ball, said Anzhi manager Gadji Gadjiev. "We created many chances and could have score more goals but I'm pleased with the result anyway. This win is very important for us as we will play our next four matches away from home."