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Russian Premier League Wrap: Top two draw as CSKA close gap

4 May 2014 20:14

The Russian Premier League title battle took a twist as leaders Zenit drew at second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, as CSKA Moscow closed the gap.

Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit side went into the weekend with a one-point advantage over their opponents at the summit, and that remains after Salomon Rondon's 35th-minute opener for the leaders was cancelled out by Sergey Tkachev's equaliser 14 minutes from time on Sunday.

That draw was the ideal result for in-form CSKA, who gained ground on both of their rivals courtesy of a 3-1 win at Amkar Perm on Friday.

The visitors went ahead through Alan Dzagoev's 39th-minute strike but were pegged back on the stroke of half-time by Georgi Peev.

CSKA were not to be denied, however, as second-half strikes from Zoran Tosic and Seydou Doumbia - his 17th league goal of the season - earned them an eighth league win in succession.

The victory leaves them a point behind Lokomotiv and two adrift of Zenit with two matches remaining - including a home fixture with the former on the final day of the campaign.

At the wrong end of the table, Volga's hopes of avoiding automatic relegation were dealt a major blow as Ari's goal after 15 minutes saw them go down 1-0 at home to Krasnodar.

Andrei Karyaka missed a second-half penalty for Volga, who then saw Artur Sarkisov dismissed for a second bookable offence late on.

Volga are now five points adrift of Krylya Sovetov, who were not able to take advantage of their rivals' defeat as they were hammered 4-0 away at Kuban Krasnodar.

Sovetov currently occupy one of the two relegation play-off spots, the other of which is taken up by Ural, who dropped down to 13th after Cesar Navas' strike consigned them to a 1-0 defeat at Rubin Kazan.

That loss allowed Tom Tomsk to leapfrog them into 12th place after a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow.

Bottom club Anzhi's faint hopes of avoiding automatic relegation remain intact after they saw off Terek Grozny 3-0 on Sunday.

Gadzhi Gadzhiev's men now lie six points behind 14th-placed Sovetov with two matches to go.

Elsewhere, Dinamo Moscow look set to secure a spot in next season's UEFA Europa League after a 3-2 win at Rostov thanks to a brace from Alexei Ionov on Friday.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
4 May 2014
Game week
28
Kick-off
11:30
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Stadion Lokomotiv (Moskva)
Attendance
26500

Goals

0 - 1
S. Tkachev 76'  
1 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

Monday 27 February

18:17
17:44
16:55
16:20
16:17
16:07
15:26
14:55
14:30
14:28
14:03
13:57
13:38
13:33
13:24
13:17
12:07
11:44
10:06
09:10
06:31
05:33
05:04
04:12
04:11
03:07
02:56
02:32
02:19
01:58
01:31
01:07
01:03
00:34
00:23
00:21
00:05

Sunday 26 February

23:59
23:57
23:48
23:28
23:03
23:02
22:50
22:25
21:23
21:06
20:48
20:20
20:14
20:05
19:53
19:45
19:28
19:27
19:09
18:46
18:33
18:20
18:18
17:53
17:33
17:17
17:01
16:56
16:39
16:23
16:20
15:53
13:58
13:28
11:59
11:06
10:24
09:26
08:01
06:48
04:42
02:52
02:29
02:07
00:09
00:04

Saturday 25 February

23:45
23:27
22:36
21:42
21:27
21:11
20:41
20:39
20:24
20:18
19:58
19:43
19:34
19:27
19:26
19:23
19:03
18:49
18:29
18:29
18:12
18:02
18:01
17:59
17:53
17:52
17:40
17:30
17:18
17:16
16:42
16:23
16:14
14:49
14:49
14:35
14:31
14:16
14:06
13:35
13:12
13:12
12:47
12:13
12:07
11:54
11:04
10:25
09:00
07:27
06:49
06:02
05:07
04:56
03:50
02:34
02:14
01:33
00:30
00:22
00:15

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 17 +13 40
2 17 +20 35
3 17 +10 32
4 17 +0 28
5 17 +10 28
6 17 +4 27
7 17 +7 25
8 17 -1 25
9 17 +1 23
10 17 +8 23
11 17 -5 20
12 17 -3 15
13 17 -14 14
14 17 -10 12
15 17 -17 12
16 17 -23 9

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