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Russian Premier League Wrap: CSKA Moscow win title, Zenit stay second

19 May 2013 19:52

CSKA Moscow won their first Russian Premier League title since 2006 after a 0-0 draw with Kuban Krasnodar on Saturday.

Coming into the match, CSKA needed only a point against UEFA Europa League chasers Kuban and that never looked in doubt as they controlled the match throughout without risking much in search of the win.

The clean sheet typifies CSKA's form this season as they have conceded just 22 goals so far, the best record in the league, while Kuban remain in the Europa League places but drop down to fifth.

Leonid Slutsky's side have wrapped up the title with a game to play, with Zenit St Petersburg three points behind in second, but unable to trump CSKA's amount of wins for the season.

At the bottom of the league Mordovia Saransk were officially relegated after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Terek Grozny, a result which left them five points from the relegation play-off places, while a point for the visitors was not enough to keep alive their slender chances of qualifying for a European berth.

Spartak Moscow secured a 1-0 win at mid-table FK Krasnodar in Saturday's other match.

Dinamo Moscow sit one place below Kuban and their quest for European football took a surprising blow as they lost 1-0 at relegated Alaniya Vladikavkaz thanks to Tamas Priskin's 71st minute strike on Sunday.

However, the match will be remembered for a remarkable turn of events in the final five minutes as Aleksandr Kokorin received a red card for a wild tackle on Alaniya's Giorgi Chanturia before slapping the young Georgian, an incident which sparked a brawl.

Both Kokorin and Chanturia were given their marching orders while Dinamo's Balazs Dzsudzsak and Alaniya's Danilo Neco were also sent off after the incident.

Also on Sunday, Zenit St Petersburg won 3-1 against Volga, while Krylya Sovetov prevailed by the same scoreline against Rubin Kazan.

On Friday, Amkar Perm moved above Rostov and back out of the bottom four thanks to a 3-2 home win against their fellow relegation battlers, but the clash could have been much easier for the hosts as they almost let a three-goal lead slip.

And in the round's last match, Samuel Eto'o bagged a late winner for Anzhi as they beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 on Monday.

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