Winger, Ahmed Musa, scored in the Russia Premier League new season as CSKA Moscow edged rivals Rubin Kazan 1-0 on Saturday. Musa’s 87th minute strike was all the Leonid Slutsky’s men needed to pin down Rinat Bilyaletdinov’s side at the Arena Khimki.
The hosts dominated from the start and created a series of chances in front of their home supporters with midfielders Pontus Wernbloom and Zoran Tosic hitting the woodwork on three occasions between them in the first half.
The 2014 champions squandered further chances after the break before Musa received a clever back-heel by Georgi Milanov in the area and crashed the ball past goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov with three minutes to go.
The Nigerian is expected to lead his side’s front line against Sparta Prague in the Champions League third qualifying round later this month. CSKA’s head coach Leonid Slutski lamented Rubin’s defensive tactics but was pleased to make a winning start.
“The most important thing was we were able to put pressure on our opponents right to the end. This shows that our team has character and ability,” said Slutski, who is the favourite to take over from Fabio Capello as the head coach of the Russian national team.