Football: Vagner orchestrates CSKA thrashing of Alania

Brazilian striker Vagner Love scored his first goals since returning to Russian league leaders CSKA Moscow for a second spell as they hammered bottom side Alania Vladikavkaz 4-0 on Monday.

The 28-year-old only returned to Moscow in January after a year back in Brazil with Flamengo but showed he had lost none of his goalscoring instinct in firing a second-half double.

Victory saw CSKA extend their lead in the title race to eight points over defending champions Zenit St Petersburg after a third successive league win.

Bigspending Anzhi Makhachkala sit third a further two points back.

Despite the scoreline CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky said that Alania had posed them more problems than they had anticipated.

"It was really tough to withstand the hosts' attacks in the first-half," he said.

"It was much harder than one can imagine looking at the scoreline. But after we scored twice we took complete control and deservedly won the match."

Russian international midfielder Alan Dzagoev gave CSKA the lead in the 25th minute firing home from the edge of the six-yard box after being set up by Vagner.

Vagner increased the visitors lead in the 52nd minute hitting home a rebound after Alania 'keeper Dmitry Khomich repelled Ahmed Musa's close-range shot.

Two minutes later Alania's hopes of a comeback were totally dashed when their Brazilian fullback Welinton Souza Silva was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Vagner.

In the 70th minute Vagner made it 3-0 with a penalty after he was brought down in the penalty box.

CSKA's Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, who was making his first appearance after six months on the sidelines with a back injury, rounded off the scoring in injury time.