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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 24 February

Thursday 23 February

23:43
23:04
22:03
21:58
21:02
20:09
20:04
19:31
18:39
18:31
18:08
18:03
18:01
17:16
17:12
17:09
17:08
16:42
16:34
16:23
15:40
15:04
15:00
14:54
14:31
14:15
14:01
13:58
13:21
13:05
12:27
12:05
11:48
11:17
10:15
09:42
06:29
05:51
05:12
03:41
03:37
01:51
01:41
00:47
00:10
00:06
00:04

Wednesday 22 February

23:54
23:53
23:52
23:34
23:19
23:12
22:54
22:44
22:43
22:23
22:12
21:44
21:06
20:41
20:41
20:29
20:08
19:54
19:53
19:01
18:56
18:41
18:37
18:20
18:04
18:04
17:56
17:49
17:25
17:25
17:08
16:53
16:46
16:39
15:56
15:33
14:52
14:29
13:43
13:15
12:40
12:36
12:20
12:08
12:00
11:31
11:17
10:57
10:40
09:38
08:56
07:33
06:43
06:39
06:26
04:44
03:02
01:56
01:51
01:05
00:38
00:24
00:19
00:00

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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