MOSCOW — Brazilian veteran Roberto Carlos, co-manager of Russia’s big-spending side Anzhi Makhachkala notched up his second consecutive win in the Premiership after his side beat visiting Samara 3-1 on Saturday with Samuel Eto’o twice on target.
“I think we won deservedly today,” said Roberto Carlos’ fellow co-manager Andrei Gordeyev.
“We looked good before the break but wasted all of our moments. Samara’s goal roused our team and we managed to came back. We added power and accuracy to our attacks and managed to win the match.”
Anzhi dominated the opening period but failed to break the deadlock before the break.
And the visitors jumped into the lead 10 minutes after the interval through midfielder Roman Vorobiev, who picked the ball in the centre of the pitch and dribbled towards the area to fire the ball in from 20-metres.
Anzhi levelled just a minute later through Cameroon star Eto’o, who scored his sixth goal in Russia with a header from four metres out from Yury Zhirkov’s left-wing cross.
In the 64th minute forward Shamil Lakhiyalov put Anzhi into the lead with a 10-metre header from another Zhirkov cross from the left.
Four minutes later Eto’o made it 3-1 for the hosts with a precise spotkick after a foul on striker Alexander Prudnikov in the area.
Meanwhile, Dynamo failed to beat 10-man city rivals Spartak, recording a 1-1 draw in Moscow’s most famous derby clash.
Spartak looked more confident in the early stages but Irish midfielder Aiden McGeady missed their only clear chance for a goal in the first half as his shot from the edge of Dynamo’s box could only strike the woodwork in the 15th minute.
His Brazilian teammate Ari’s attempt on the rebound was saved by Dynamo ‘keeper Anton Shunin.
In the 39th minute German striker Kevin Kuranyi lifted Dynamo 1-0 ahead, heading in from seven metres following Alexander Samedov’s well-struck freekick.
After the break Spartak picked up steam and pulled the scores level through McGeady, who sent the ball into the net from the edge of the box through the traffic in the 57th minute.
In the 64th minute Spartak’s Brazilian midfielder Rafael Carioca was sent off for a second bookable offence but Dynamo failed to convert their one-man advantage as they were unable to conjure a winner.
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