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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Rude Welcome

MOSCOW -- All three newly-promoted sides received a rude introduction to Russian premier league soccer when each lost its opening match.

Forced to play its first "home" fixtures at neutral grounds in ice-free southern Russia after failing to install heated pitches, first division champion Dynamo-Gazovik Tyumen lost 1-0 to Rostov with last season's premier league top scorer Alexander Maslov on target again.

Shinnik Yaroslavl slumped to a 3-1 defeat against the revamped and financially rescued Torpedo Moscow.

New Zenit coach Anatoly Byshovets launched his season with a 1-0 win thanks to a Vladimir Lebed goal against newly promoted Fakel Voronezh.