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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

Friday 6 March

Thursday 5 March

23:18
22:37
22:00
21:42
21:10
18:47
18:41
18:18
18:13
18:06
17:55
17:40
17:19
17:06
16:32
16:31
16:26
16:14
16:13
16:08
15:18
14:36
14:06
14:00
13:52
13:41
13:31
12:57
12:52
12:46
12:44
12:41
12:32
12:32
12:23
12:20
11:29
11:24
10:57
09:54
09:47
09:33
09:18
08:37
06:58
05:26
04:48
03:57
03:50
03:35
02:45
02:19
01:25
00:50
00:49
00:40
00:40
00:40
00:40
00:33
00:32
00:28
00:27
00:25
00:21
00:18
00:16
00:15
00:14
00:14
00:07
00:06
00:05
00:01

Wednesday 4 March

23:55
23:54
23:52
23:29
23:01
23:01
22:57
22:55
22:55
22:48
22:46
22:45
22:43
22:30
22:24
22:19
22:15
21:51
21:22
21:16
21:03
20:47
20:38
20:13
19:29
19:09
17:59
17:49
17:23
17:19
17:16
14:57
14:48
13:54
13:24
12:40
11:41
09:42
09:13
07:40
05:44
05:03
05:01
04:14
04:08
03:43
03:27
03:25
02:44
02:01
01:39
01:22
01:20
01:15
00:37
00:24
00:19
00:14
00:00

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 17 +31 41
2 17 +22 34
3 16 +17 32
4 17 +10 31
5 17 +8 30
6 17 +6 29
7 17 +5 27
8 17 -1 26
9 17 +4 25
10 17 -13 20
11 17 -7 18
12 17 -17 14
13 17 -11 13
14 16 -17 12
15 17 -15 11
16 17 -22 11

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