MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti)
Keisuke Honda engineered a 2-0 win for CSKA Moscow over Spartak on Sunday, claiming a goal and an assist to elevate his team to second in the Russian Premier League.
CSKA went ahead on 15 minutes, when Honda played a one-two with Zoran Tosic before releasing Ahmed Musa for the simplest of sidefoot finishes.
It was a fourth goal in six games for the pacy Nigerian, a natural winger who has been playing as makeshift striker due to an injury to forward Seydou Doumbia.
Musa and Honda swapped roles for the second on 52 minutes. The Japanese playmaker slotted the ball under Sergei Pesyakov in the Spartak goal after Musa raced clear and timed a pass to perfection.
Spartak had a legitimate strike ruled out for offside on 70 minutes as substitute Artem Dzyuba lashed home a rebound.
CSKA's seventh win in their last eight sees them overtake Terek Grozny to go second in the table, two points behind leaders Anzhi Makhachkala who won 2-0 at Dynamo Moscow earlier Sunday.
Unai Emery's side stay sixth after suffering their fourth league defeat of the season.
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