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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Nets Lone Win For Moscow

Spartak saved the day Wednesday with Moscow's only victory in the UEFA Cup, a day after three other Moscow teams, CSKA, Torpedo and Dinamo, all lost their first leg matches.


It was close, though, as Spartak threw away a 3-0 lead to let Silkeborg of Denmark back into the game with two second half goals.


Spartak's hero was Andrei Tikhonov, who scored two goals and then saved a certain equalizer at the end of the match after replacing keeper Ruslan Nigmatullin, who was was sent off in the 88th minute.


On Tuesday several thousand CSKA fans braved the soggy weather at Dinamo stadium only to go home disappointed after Feyenoord striker Kees van Wonderen scored the only goal of the match with eight minutes left.


"I feel disappointed because we played better for most of the match but were unable to capitalize on our chances, while Feyenoord used its only chance to score," said CSKA coach Alexander Tarkhanov.


The visitors were very satisfied with the final outcome.


"We would be happy even with a tie in Moscow, so a win on the road looks great for us," said Ronald Koeman, the most experienced player on the field.


The former Dutch international said he faced a much better CSKA team four years ago when a Koeman-led Barcelona lost to the Russians 3-2 in the European Cup.


Torpedo slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to underdogs Dinamo Tbilisi. Gocha Dzhamarauli scored from a free kick at the 37th minute.


Torpedo may have a slim chance of getting through to the next round, but Dinamo Moscow have almost certainly none after a 3-0 defeat in Rome. Two goals from Uruguay's Daniel Fonseca helped Roma crush Dinamo. To cap their night, Dinamo also had Sergei Shtanyuk sent off. Alania face an uphill battle in Belgium after only beating Anderlecht 2-1 in Vladikavkaz.