An Emmanuel Emenike double helped Spartak Moscow defeat Rostov 3-1 while ten-man Rubin Kazan handed fellow shorthanded side Kuban Krasnodar a 1-0 loss.
Rubin Kazan won their second Russian Super Cup as they defeated holders Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 thanks to goals from Salvatore Bocchetti and Vladimir Dyadyun.
A total of 32 teams from 18 different nations will this week set out on a road that, for two of them, will end in the final at London's Wembley Stadium on 28 May.
Criticised for putting too much faith in his heroes of 2006, Italy coach Marcello Lippi has been staying calm and pointing to the changes that have taken place.
With Italy's title defence edging ever closer, Marcello Lippi is weighing up his options ahead of deciding which players he will take to South Africa.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has named his 24-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa qualifiers with the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus.