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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Torpedo's Flair in Attack Fails to Impress Spartak




Spartak stretched its lead in the Premier League to eight points, as the reigning champion beat Torpedo Moscow 3-0 in Olimpiisky Sports Complex in front of 14,500 spectators.


Torpedo stunned Spartak by foregoing its usual counterattacking style for a more aggressive approach.


But Spartak quickly gained composure.


Brazilian Robson was apparently brought down in the opponent's penalty area in the 38th minute, and Dmitry Parfyonov made no mistake as he bagged the opening goal from the spot.


Just four minutes later, Robson himself coolly slotted the ball past Torpedo goalie Yevgeny Kornyukhin.


Spartak defender Alexander Shchyogolev completed the scoring in the second half.


Dynamo Moscow defeated Anzhi 2-1 thanks to international midfielder Rolan Gusev, who got the opener on a 48th-minute penalty kick.


In the dying seconds, Gusev sent a cross toward Denis Klyuyev. Anzhi defender Anatoly Tebloyev outran Klyuyev, but then clumsily scored the winner for the opposite side.


But Anzhi remains in second place in the league standings thanks to Lokomotiv Moscow, which drew 0-0 with Rostselmash.


Lokomotiv's Alexy Smertin, last year's Russian Player of the Year, went on the field as a substitute in the 62nd minute but was unable to score.


Saturn, which is playing its second season in the Premier League, completed its third win in a row over Rotor Volgograd 2-0, with goals from Alexei Medvedev and Andrei Movsesyan.


Yevgeny Kucherevsky, in his first week as head coach, was unable to help Rotor, which is stuck in 11th place.


League outsiders Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod lost at home to struggler CSKA 2-1 as Vladimir Kulik scored both goals from penalty kicks.


Alaniya and Uralan drew 1-1, while Chernomorets took an easy 3-1 victory over Fakel. Chernomorets striker Konstantin Kovalenko became the league's leading goal scorer, with nine so far this season.