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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Toys With Kuban 6-0 Ahead of UEFA Cup Semifinals

On the heels of its UEFA Cup success last week, Spartak Moscow followed with another impressive performance, crushing first-division side Kuban Krasnodar 6-0 in the third round of the Russian Cup at Dynamo Stadium.

Ilya Tsymbalar, playing his first full match Saturday in almost six months after a serious knee injury, led the Muscovites with a hat trick, while Anatoly Kanishchev, Andrei Tikhonov and Miroslav Romashchenko each added a goal in an easy victory on a soggy pitch.

The only blemish on the day for the Russian champion, which had four changes in its lineup from the UEFA Cup game against Ajax Amsterdam, came when it was already leading 5-0.

In the 60th minute, team captain Sergei Gorlukovich was sent off for a late tackle during one of Kuban's rare counterattacks. Still, the short-handed Spartak squad continued its onslaught. Romashchenko capped the day in the final minute with a powerful long-range blast into the goal's top corner.

Despite the lopsided score, Spartak gave its offensive unit plenty of work in preparation for bigger games, such as its impending match with powerful Inter Milan in the UEFA Cup semifinals March 31.

"We're not going to get overconfident with our win against Kuban," Spartak coach Oleg Romantsev said. "Our opponent today could hardly be compared to Inter."

In other third-round action Saturday, 1997 Russian league runner-up Rotor Volgograd gained a tough 4-3 victory over first-division side KamAZ in Naberezhniye Chelny on a late goal by Russia's top scorer last season, Oleg Veretennikov.

Former Russian champion Alania Vladikavkaz beat another first-division club, Tom Tomsk, 1-0, thanks to a 20th-minute goal by Georgian import Georgy Gakhokidze.

In the Russian Cup quarterfinals next month, Spartak will face Krylya Sovietov Samara, while Rotor plays CSKA Moscow and Alania meets first-division Rubin Kazan.