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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 6 May

Tuesday 5 May

23:56
23:53
23:40
23:15
23:07
22:39
20:35
20:17
19:24
19:17
18:54
18:36
18:27
17:51
17:46
17:07
16:26
16:25
16:17
15:54
15:53
14:30
14:14
13:52
13:40
12:53
12:42
12:41
12:32
10:47
10:27
09:55
09:50
05:44
05:44
05:01
03:58
03:02
02:48
02:47
01:23
00:46
00:32
00:03

Monday 4 May

23:59
23:56
23:08
23:00
21:46
20:14
20:03
19:36
19:28
19:14
18:40
18:34
18:15
17:34
16:01
15:58
14:53
14:23
13:52
13:35
13:24
11:40
11:16
11:01
10:44
10:36
09:42
08:30
05:26
05:24
04:00
03:57
03:08
02:31
01:41
00:25
00:18

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 26 +38 60
2 26 +24 54
3 26 +31 50
4 26 +18 47
5 26 +11 44
6 26 +7 43
7 26 +6 39
8 26 +1 33
9 26 -6 32
10 26 -21 31
11 26 -20 27
12 26 -14 25
13 26 -19 24
14 26 -14 23
15 26 -21 23
16 26 -21 21

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