Anzhi Makhachkala debutant Samuel Eto'o saved the day for his new club, scoring an equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw at Rostov in the Russian Premier League.
The 30-year-old came on as a substitute in the 57th minute, prompting great excitement in Rostov, where many Anzhi fans had travelled to witness their new favourite's first appearance.
"It was not an easy game," said Anzhi manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev. "I think Rostov were playing beyond themselves, so we needed to give all we had to avoid a defeat."
Belarus midifelder Timofei Kalachev put Rostov 1-0 up in the 72nd minute, beating Anzhi goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili with a well-struck 25-yard free-kick inside the left-hand post.
Though Eto'o initially failed to produce anything spectacular, his mere presence put pressure on Rostov, who left two defenders back to keep the Cameroonian striker under close observation.
However, their efforts were all in vain. Eto'o found the equaliser in the 80th minute, firing into the net from the edge of the six-yard box after Yuri Zhirkov dribbled into the box and teed up the Cameroon captain.
Elsewhere, Volga Nizhny Novgorod beat Terek Grozny 3-1, while Tomsk and Amkar Perm recorded a goalless draw.