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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Cup: Dinamo In, Spartak Out

A lone goal by striker Dmitry Cheryshev with one minute remaining in the first half propelled Dinamo Moscow into the final of the Russian soccer Cup, knocking out the defending league champion and Cup holder Spartak Moscow.


Dinamo will meet Rotor Volgograd, a 4-2 winner over Spartak Vladikavkaz Wednesday in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw, in the June 14 Cup final.


Dinamo is a perfect 6-0-0 in league play this year and has a five-point lead in the championship standings.


Spartak Moscow was coming off its first loss at home in domestic competition in almost four years, a 2-1 loss to Vladikavkaz on Saturday.


Spartak had to do without the services of four national team players due to injury and suspension. Captain Viktor Onopko was serving an automatic suspension for an ejection in Saturday's loss.


Nevertheless a second lackluster performance in a row means a serious crisis growing inside the defending champion.


Dinamo had a clear advantage in play in the first half, but only managed to score the one time.


In the second half Spartak played attacking soccer but missed several good chances to equalize.