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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

Thursday 3 September

Wednesday 2 September

23:59
23:53
21:32
21:19
21:19
20:49
20:30
20:23
20:12
19:04
18:38
18:36
18:16
18:12
18:03
17:40
17:34
16:25
16:14
15:42
15:37
15:23
14:48
14:30
14:12
13:51
12:10
11:55
10:07
09:47
08:47
08:42
08:27
08:22
07:04
07:03
06:55
05:40
04:54
03:45
02:48
02:05
00:55
00:53
00:32
00:31

Tuesday 1 September

23:50
23:19
22:53
22:10
22:09
21:33
21:17
21:11
20:48
20:37
20:31
20:23
20:03
19:59
19:52
18:56
18:49
18:49
18:32
18:20
18:19
18:15
18:15
18:14
17:57
17:47
17:10
17:06
16:51
16:50
16:37
16:25
15:40
15:34
14:47
14:15
14:01
13:50
12:44
12:44
12:33
12:06
12:01
11:36
11:19
10:42
10:04
09:56
08:51
08:44
08:26
08:15
07:19
07:18
07:11
06:35
06:29
05:07
04:42
02:06
01:57
01:52
01:41
01:07
00:49
00:34
00:33
00:06

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 7 +9 21
2 7 +9 17
3 7 +6 15
4 7 +4 13
5 7 +4 12
6 7 +3 12
7 7 +1 10
8 7 +1 9
9 7 -3 7
10 7 -1 7
11 7 -4 6
12 7 -3 6
13 7 -4 5
14 7 -6 5
15 7 -9 3
16 7 -7 3

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