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Zenit have regained the lead in the Premier League (RIA Novosti / Alexey Danichev)

 

Following Week 6 of the Russia Premier League, Zenit St. Petersburg returned to the top, though CSKA still remain potential leaders. While Spartak Moscow left the bottom of the table after claiming just second win of the season.

Zenit 3-0 Krylya Sovetov

A great free kick from Aleksandr Kerzhakov put the reigning champions in front early on, and became Zenit’s best goal scorer in the domestic championship.

And two quick-fire strikes from Danko Lazovic in the last ten minutes put the game to rest.

Zenit now regain the lead in the league. Krylya, meanwhile, slip to third bottom in the table.

Tom 1-1 CSKA

CSKA missed the chance to reclaim top spot after they were held to a surprise 1-1 draw at lowly Tom.

Seydou Doumbia opened from a corner, for the Army Men, after 27 minutes. But Maksim Kanunnikov beat the visitors’ defense to level just before the hour.

CSKA remain unbeaten, but are third two points behind Zenit, though having one game in hand.

Rubin 1-1 Amkar

Rubin have now yet to win in four games after being held, 1-1, in a gritty encounter at home to struggling Amkar.

Aleksandr Ryazantsev struck for the home side, just before half-time. But Roman Sharonov put through his own net after 57 minutes to deny his side three points. In fact they’ve only got eight from a possible 18 and are mid-table.

Rostov 1-0 Terek

The only goal of the game came in the first half courtesy of Dragan Blatyak, though it was not the most crucial episode of the game.

Rostov goalkeeper Dejan Radic has had a kidney removed following a tackle during a match.

The 30-year-old was hurt by a challenge from Terek Striker Zaur Sadaev. He got a yellow card, and has since apologized, saying he did not intend to injure the keeper, who is still recovering in hospital, and could miss the rest of the season.

Spartak Moscow 1-0 Spartak Nalchik

Artem Dzyuba got the winner five minutes into the second half and moved Spartak off the bottom into 11th place.

Meanwhile, the club’s owner says they are still looking for a new manager after being turned down by big names including former Italy coach Marcello Lippi.

Leonid Fedun says he’s also approached former Bayern coach Louis Van Gall but without success.

Valery Karpin, who resigned as coach last week, but stayed on as the club’s general manager, will continue to train his team until the new coach is found.

Krasnodar 1-4 Lokomotiv

FC Krasnodar failed to stretch their unbeaten record at home. Lokomotiv Moscow eased to a 4-1 win to move up to joint second place in the process.

Volga 0-1 Kuban

A cagey first half was forgotten about in the second with ample chances apiece for each side to break the deadlock. But there was to be just the single goal in this one as Vladislav Kulik did the honors for the visitors 18 minutes from time.

The win sent Kuban to the second place on the ladder.

 

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