PFC CSKA Moskva defeated nine-men FC Rostov 3-1 to claim their sixth Russian Super Cup in Krasnodar.
Rostov took the game to the reigning champions in the first half and took the lead through Hrvoje Milić but were pegged back after the break. Pontus Wernbloom grabbed the equaliser and, after the cup holders were reduced to nine men, they could not stop Zoran Tošić and Seydou Doumbia from wrapping up the victory for Leonid Slutski's charges.
"We did not play well in the first half," said Slutski. "But we regrouped in the second, played a higher defensive line and had a more packed midfield. That allowed our players to win back the ball quickly and launch attacks. I was happy to see that the chances started to come as soon as we had regrouped. Of course we have to remember that Rostov had two red cards."
Both teams presented their new signings, notably striker Kirill Panchenko for CSKA and former Russia internationals Dmitri Torbinski and Aleksandr Bukharov for Rostov; national team coach Fabio Capello watched from the stands. After missing several chances, Rostov went in front through Milić just before the break.
Though CSKA did not create anything in the opening period, Slutski appeared to have produced some words of wisdom at the interval. His team were soon on level terms courtesy of Wernbloom's volley and were then in the ascendancy following the red cards shown to Alexandru Gaţcan and Guélor Kanga.
CSKA duly took advantage and went in front when Tošić finished after racing on to Doumbia's pass on 74 minutes. The provider then turned scorer, Doumbia heading in from after Georgi Milanov's cross. The Army Men begin their league campaign against FC Torpedo Moskva on 2 August.
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