MOSCOW (AFP) - Samara beat Terek Grozny 3-0 in the season-opening match of the Russian league on the synthetic pitch of Grozny's stadium on Friday.
The vistors' goals came from their striker Yevgeny Savin, full back Timofei Kalachev and skipper Andrei Tikhonov.
The hosts, who won both head-to-head meetings with Samara in the 2005 season, looked slightly more confident but failed to find the net before the break missing all of their rare chances.
Three minutes after the interval Savin lifted Samara 1-0 up sending the ball into the net past helpless Grozny goalie Ilion Lika after the hosts' mix-up in defence.
In the 66th minute Grozny missed a clear chance for an equaliser, when their forward Magomed Adiev sent the the ball into the woodwork from the spot after Samara defence fouled him in the box.
Meanwhile, in the 78th minute the guests' defender Kalachev made it 2-0 for Samara sending the ball in from close range through the traffic to secure his side's win under the watchful gaze of Samara region governor Vladimir Artyakov.
In injury time the 37-yer-old veteran Tikhonov netted Samara's third with a precise spotkick after Lika dropped down Savin in the box.
The result upset a capacity 10,000-crowd headed by local chief Ramzan Kadyrov, who attended the Premiership season opener at a stadium where 32 people including Kadyrov's father Akhmad, who was then the provincial head, were killed in a 2004 bomb blast.
However the fact that Grozny will host the Premiership matches left the local supporters happy.
"It's a great event for the republic and for our people. For me, this is part of history. I'll tell my grandchildren I was at this match," said Viskhan Abubokarov, a 20-year-old student of Chechnya State University.
"It shows that peaceful life has returned here. The war is over," he said.
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