Rubin had its chances but made to suffer by a thunderous strike from Gonzalez and a well worked Doumbia finish.
CSKA Moscow eased to a 2-0 victory over Rubin Kazan at the Khimki stadium in Moscow but the visitors weren’t without chances to take something from the game.
Rubin started much the brighter and created a good opening for Vladimir Dyadyun but the striker couldn’t take advantage. Ruby was made to pay midway through the first half when inform Mark Gonzalez hit a vicious volley which defeated Sergei Ryzhikov in goal with the aid of a slight deflection.
The Army men took full advantage of sloppy defending minutes into the second-half, Seydou Doumbia converting from close range. Rubin pressured to find a way back into the game but failed, despite striking the angle and having a goal chalked off for handball.
Kurban Berdyev’s men had to accept defeat with time ticking away, Salvatore Bocchetti receiving a second yellow card in less than 10 minutes.
A feisty start to the game saw Alan Dzagoev go in hard on Natcho, followed by a rough tackle by Sergei Kislyak landing heavily on Seydou Doumbia’s ankle. It set the tone for a scrappy start in the Moscow district with neither side able to utilise the width of the ground.
CSKA struggled to retain the ball in the opening five minutes, allowing Rubin to make most of the running go forward and it was the Tatars who earned the first real chance of the game. Sergei Ignashevich shoulder down Aleksandr Ryazantsev on the edge of the area but Salvatore Bocchetti curled his free-kick wide of Igor Akinfeev’s left post.
A similar situation presented itself to the Army Men minutes later, when Cesar Navas scythed down Tomas Necid but CSKA was denied a clear corner from Mark Gonzalez’s effort which clearly flicked off Navas.
Rubinovye should have taken the lead with 23 minutes on the clock. Vladimir Dyadyun broke clear into space and did well to fend off a last ditch attempt from Ignashevich only for Akinfeev to dart off his line and block the young forwards dinked effort.
Berdyev’s side was made to pay just three minutes later when Mark Gonzalez sweetly struck volley from 30-yards took a knick off Navas, confusing Sergei Ryzhikov in goal; the experienced keep was off balance trying to correct his footing and could only shovel the ball up in to the roof of the net.
Rubin responded well to going behind with a spell of pressure on Akinfeev’s goal. First the keeper was called into action to cut out Oleg Kuzmin’s cross and as the visitors recycled the ball back Russia’s international shot-stopper was back in place to deny a curling effort from Igor Natcho.
Kazan unlocked the Muscovite rearguard once more with a reverse through ball beyond two defenders but Lebedenko’s first touch took the ball back towards the defenders and the chance was gone.
The hosts took little time to extend their lead in the second period. Necid collected the ball in the middle of the field and found Sekou on the right. The tricky winger fired in a low ball which Doumbia turned home to give the capital club a cushion.
Their cushion was almost pegged back five minutes after from a free-kick. Ansaldi drifted a tempting cross to the far post, which Ryazantsev hit off the bar.
Rubin’s need to pull themselves back in the game provided an entertaining end to end match and the Khimki stadium was sent in raptures with the return of fan favourite Vagner Love. The Brazilian’s spell out of action with personal and fitness problems, linking him with a return to Flamengo, failed to dampen the affections of his faithful.
Substitute Gekdeniz Karadeniz thought he had turned provider when he slipped into space down the right. His first cross was blocked out and ricocheted off his hand before he could turn the ball back in. A scramble ensued in the box and Bocchetti turned the ball in after the whistle.
It was to be one of the last positive things the Italian defender attempted to contribute for Rubin, a second yellow card in the space of nine minutes sent the former Genoa man for an early bath.
The victory sends CSKA to the top of the RPL standings ahead of Zenit St. Petersburg on goal difference but the Leonid Slutsky’s troops have played a game less. The defeat was already Rubin’s second of the season.Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!