October 4, 2012
Eto'o at the double for Anzhi
Two goals from Samuel Eto'o earned Anzhi Makhachkala their first Europa League group-stage win as they defeated Young Boys 2-0.
The Cameroon international struck twice in the second half to inflict back-to-back defeats on their Swiss opponents.
Anzhi had played out a 1-1 draw with Udinese in their Group A opener, while Young Boys were beaten by Liverpool in an eight-goal thriller.
The visitors created the first chance at Moscow's Lokomotiv Stadium, with Alain Nef's header swept off the line by defender Rasim Tagirbekov after just seven minutes.
Anzhi soon settled into their stride and Joao Carlos drilled over from distance before Brazilian compatriot Jucilei fired wide of the left post from outside of the area.
Young Boys threatened again on the half-hour through Jan Lecjaks, who pounced on a poor clearance from Christopher Samba only to see his left-footed effort well saved by goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov.
And they came close again four minutes into the second half when Gonzalo Zarate unleashed a flier from the edge of the area which narrowly cleared the crossbar.
However, it was Zarate's error that led to the opening goal after 61 minutes. The striker was penalised for a handball in the area and Eto'o made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick, placing his shot into the bottom-left corner.
Eto'o almost had another goal next to his name eight minutes later but directed his header from Mbark Boussoufa's corner over the bar.
Young Boys' attempts to get back on level terms saw both Nef and Juhani Ojala head the ball wide within the space of two minutes.
And they were made to pay for the misses when Eto'o wrapped things up in the final minute by turning in a cross from Oleg Shatov.
|Anzhi Makhachkala||Young Boys|
|1 Vladimir Gabulov||1 Marco Wolfli|
|5 Joao Carlos||4 Alain Nef|
|4 Christopher Samba||22 Dusan Veskovac|
|13 Rasim Tagirbekov||13 Elsad Zverotic|
|6 Mbark Boussoufa||33 Jan Lecjaks|
|85 Lassana Diarra||3 Juhani Ojala|
|7 Kamil Agalarov||10 Moreno Costanzo|
|8 Silva Jucilei||14 Christian Schneuwly|
|14 Oleg Shatov||7 Mathias Vitkieviez|
|9 Samuel Eto'o||9 Raul Marcelo Bobadilla|
|19 Lacina Traore||19 Eulogio Zarate|
|27 Mekhti Dzhenetov||Ivan Benito 27|
|15 Arseniy Logashov||S Sutter 23|
|18 Yuri Zhirkov||Alexander Gonzalez 2|
|21 Georgi Gabulov||Mario Raimondi 16|
|10 Shamil Lakhiyalov||Raphael Nuzzolo 29|
|16 Mehdi Gonzalez||Leonardo Bertone 32|
|20 Fyodr Smolov||Michael Freyer Leciñena 20|
|Yuri Zhirkov for Rasim Tagirbekov (17)||Raphael Nuzzolo for Eulogio Zarate (66)|
|Mehdi Gonzalez for Lacina Traore (63)||Michael Freyer Leciñena for Christian Schneuwly (66)|
|Georgi Gabulov for Joao Carlos (78)||Alexander Gonzalez for Mathias Vitkieviez (77)|
|Rasim Tagirbekov (5)||Michael Freyer Leciñena (84)|
|Christopher Samba (59)||Moreno Costanzo (88)|
|Mehdi Gonzalez (85)|
|· Squads: Anzhi Makhachkala | Young Boys|