CSKA beats Trabzonspor 3-0 in Champions League
Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia scored twice to set CSKA Moscow on its way to a 3-0 victory over Trabzonspor in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Doumbia opened the scoring in the 29th minute after Vagner Love's neat back heel pass near the box. The Ivorian striker surged into the area and fired a low right-foot shot into the corner. Substitute Aleksandrs Cauna made it 2-0, volleying home Love's high cross in the 76th, and Doumbia finished the scoring after a rapid counterattack 10 minutes later.
The victory put CSKA level with Trabzonspor on four points from three games in Group B.
''In fact, all struggle in the group is (still) ahead and we are happy to be part of it,'' CSKA coach Leonid Slutskiy said.
CSKA will be at Trabzonspor on Nov. 2.
The visitors were in control early on, with Adrian Mierzejewski and Serkan Bacli constantly breaking down the flanks to cross in.
''We knew it would be tough, and that's how it turned out,'' Slutskiy said. ''But Trabzonspor had only one scoring chance when (Vladimir) Gabulov saved at 0-0. But after we have scored, we played more on counterattacks and had many chances.''
The visitors' only clear opportunity was when Mierzejewski volleyed wide and Brazilian Alanzinho went through on goal but collided with the goalkeeper. The ball rebounded to striker Halil Altintop, who shot straight at defender Sergei Ignashevich with the goal wide open.
The visitors' numerous set pieces from corners challenged the home side's defense, but they survived.
Two minutes after the break, CSKA came close after midfielder Alan Dzagoev sent a low cross from the right, but Love missed it and Zoran Tosic stretched only to lift the ball over the crossbar from six meters (yards).
Two minutes later, Doumbia was close to doubling the lead when Dzagoev sent him through with a long pass but Trabzonspor goalkeeper Tolga Zengin raced from his box to deny the Ivorian.
Doumbia has scored four goals in three games so far.
''It's been a long time since we have not conceded a goal in a Champions League match,'' Slutskiy said. ''Last time we did it at Arsenal in London.''
CSKA held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in 2006.
In a later Group B match, Lille was hosting Inter Milan.