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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

Wednesday 17 December

23:01
22:39
22:37
22:02
21:14
20:05
19:55
18:11
17:38
17:27
17:16
17:04
16:59
16:58
16:33
16:06
16:04
15:49
14:16
13:45
13:43
13:42
13:42
13:42
12:11
11:55
11:37
10:52
07:25
06:11
05:44
04:04
03:49
02:32
02:15
01:18
01:13
00:05
00:04

Tuesday 16 December

23:58
23:55
23:49
23:40
23:37
23:06
22:47
22:44
22:21
21:48
21:15
21:10
20:56
20:33
20:12
18:46
18:21
17:22
17:10
16:20
16:19
15:17
15:06
15:05
13:45
13:37
13:09
12:31
11:25
11:09
10:21
09:30
09:24
08:52
08:10
06:47
06:44
05:20
04:02
03:18
01:41
01:37
00:13

Monday 15 December

23:54
23:49
23:44
23:18
23:07
22:57
22:51
20:44
20:19
20:04
19:56
19:40
18:59
18:30
18:28
18:20
18:01
18:00
17:41
17:21
17:15
17:06
16:57
16:51
15:59
15:48
15:47
15:27
15:21
15:07
15:04
14:43
14:36
14:35
14:34
14:34
14:03
13:48
11:25
11:13
11:07
10:52
10:42
10:39
10:07
09:57
09:18
08:57
08:25
05:38
05:29
04:29
04:09
03:32
03:18
03:04
03:02
02:27
02:06
01:36
01:22
01:18
00:43

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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