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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

Saturday 1 August

Friday 31 July

23:52
23:23
22:46
19:39
19:27
19:03
19:02
18:33
18:21
17:34
17:20
17:01
16:31
15:56
15:35
15:27
13:06
12:59
12:47
12:38
12:16
11:46
11:00
09:28
07:40
07:18
07:02
05:23
05:14
05:00
04:33
04:27
03:50
03:46
02:13
01:18
01:10
00:53

Thursday 30 July

23:57
23:49
23:26
23:03
22:56
22:47
22:44
21:51
19:30
19:11
19:00
18:43
18:19
18:10
17:47
17:09
16:29
14:52
14:32
13:29
12:54
12:31
12:14
11:04
10:57
10:39
10:17
09:38
09:31
08:55
08:44
08:27
07:53
06:54
06:52
06:51
05:14
04:59
04:58
04:35
03:56
03:54
03:03
02:58
02:35
01:12
01:10
01:07
01:04
00:14
00:10

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +4 6
2 2 +3 6
3 2 +3 6
4 2 +1 4
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +0 3
7 2 -1 3
8 2 -1 3
9 2 +1 3
10 2 +0 2
11 3 -1 2
12 3 -2 2
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -1 1
15 2 -3 0
16 2 -3 0

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