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Russia: Eto’o secures point for Anzhi on league debut (+video)

Posted in European Football by peterbein on August 27, 2011

New Anzhi Makhachkala signing Samuel Eto’o has made an instant impact for his new club by scoring the equalizer in a 1-1 draw away at FK Rostov.

The signing of the Cameroonian international has raised many eyebrows throughout the world of football especially given the huge wages that he is reported to be earning, something akin to 20 million euros a year. Eto’o came on as a substitute just before the hour mark with his side struggling to break down the home side who have been rooted inside the bottom half of the Russian Premier League this season.

Things took a turn for the worse for the visitors when FK Rostov took the lead in the 72nd minute through Timofei Kalachev but Eto’o made sure that his debut would not end in a defeat by grabbing the goal which restored parity in the 80th minute. For a man who has won a host of honours for FC Barcelona, Internazionale and Cameroon over the years, Eto’o is now hoping to steer his new team to greater things with the ambitious club hoping that his presence will begin a legacy of success.

Anzhi currently lie in fourth place in the Russian Premier League, eight points behind leaders CSKA Moscow, whilst FK Rostov are in fourteenth place in the sixteen team league just two points ahead of bottom club Krylia Sovetov Samara.