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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak, Minus Banned Fans, Wins at Home




Russian champion Spartak Moscow, playing in an empty Luzhniki Stadium, hammered bottom club Zhemchuzhina Sochi 4-0 in the premier division Wednesday.


Spartak was ordered to play behind closed doors after hundreds of the team's fans clashed with police and caused widespread damage in an away match against Saturn Ramenskoye on Saturday.


Andrei Tikhonov, Vasily Baranov, Sergei Yuran and Valery Kechinov scored for the Muscovites in front of only a handfulof media and security personnel.


Second-place Lokomotiv Moscow kept pace with the league leaders with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Zenit St. Petersburg.


Alexander Babiy put Zenit ahead in the 19th minute from the penalty spot after Lokomotiv goalkeeper Ruslan Nigmatullin had fouled Russian international striker Alexander Panov.


But two goals from Alexei Smertin and Dmitry Bulykin in a five-minute period midway through the second half gave Lokomotiv its ninth successive victory, two short of the club record set in 1995, which now trails Spartak by seven points but have three games in hand.


Also Wednesday, last year's runner-up CSKA Moscow remained a distant third after a 1-0 home win over premier division newcomer Saturn Ramenskoye.