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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

Sunday 11 December

Saturday 10 December

23:50
22:53
22:42
22:23
21:43
21:19
20:53
20:45
20:26
20:07
19:59
19:49
19:41
19:34
19:25
19:20
19:12
19:09
19:09
19:04
18:57
18:34
18:16
18:13
18:02
17:56
17:55
17:52
17:40
17:34
17:27
17:09
16:43
16:10
16:00
15:59
15:54
15:49
15:28
14:57
14:44
14:11
14:09
13:45
13:10
13:04
12:42
11:34
10:47
10:10
07:42
06:10
04:24
03:33
02:41
01:31
00:45
00:25

Friday 9 December

23:44
23:30
23:30
22:13
20:27
20:24
19:50
19:37
19:31
19:29
19:01
18:20
17:36
17:34
17:20
17:06
16:38
16:35
16:27
16:27
16:13
16:03
15:58
15:33
15:23
15:22
14:59
14:53
14:45
14:39
14:32
14:07
13:57
13:51
13:17
12:53
12:37
12:16
12:14
12:13
11:21
10:57
10:06
09:33
08:57
06:11
05:48
04:42
04:27
03:57
02:46
02:21
01:38
00:16
00:05

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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