FC Anzhi Makhachkala of Russia scored five unanswered goals against AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands, during the second leg away game in the fourth round of the Euro League qualifications, and thus qualified for the group stage.
Anzhi’s advantage was doubled in the 45th minute into the game and by way of Cameroonian international striker Samuel Eto’o, who demonstrated great individual skills and netted a fantastic goal.
To note, FC Anzhi Makhachkala is a Russian football club based in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan. Founded in 1991, the club plays in the Russian Premier League. Anzhi plays their home games in the Dinamo Stadium in Makhachkala. The word “Anzhi”—in Kumyk language it means “pearl”—is an ancient Kumyk name of the area that is now the city of Makhachkala.
On January 18, 2011, Anzhi Makhachkala was purchased by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and since then the club’s popularity is rising rapidly due to the signing of Samuel Eto’o in the summer of 2011 and appointing Guus Hiddink as manager in February 2012.