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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 12 February

Thursday 11 February

23:55
23:47
23:23
22:35
21:49
21:42
21:21
21:16
21:06
20:39
20:28
19:46
19:32
19:13
18:55
18:53
18:40
18:34
18:20
18:04
17:16
17:15
17:08
17:02
16:59
16:30
16:04
16:01
15:55
15:49
15:19
15:09
14:36
14:22
14:02
13:23
13:17
13:14
12:22
12:21
12:12
11:54
11:49
11:43
11:13
09:56
09:29
08:56
07:33
06:58
06:29
05:03
04:44
04:03
03:36
02:54
02:30
02:05
01:27
01:02
00:57
00:40
00:39
00:29
00:25
00:15

Wednesday 10 February

23:54
23:48
23:41
23:02
22:56
22:28
21:26
20:58
20:54
20:38
20:38
20:32
20:19
20:04
18:50
18:27
18:21
17:51
17:25
17:14
17:10
16:44
16:38
16:31
16:03
15:36
14:32
13:54
13:19
13:09
13:02
12:22
12:07
11:04
10:24
10:23
09:39
09:08
08:33
05:37
04:51
04:12
03:09
02:06
01:10
00:44
00:24
00:24
00:14
00:09

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +11 37
2 18 +7 34
3 18 +7 32
4 18 +3 30
5 18 +10 30
6 18 +11 30
7 18 +8 28
8 18 +0 26
9 18 -5 20
10 18 -6 20
11 18 -5 20
12 18 -8 19
13 18 -12 16
14 18 -13 15
15 18 -3 15
16 18 -5 14

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