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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lokomotiv Draws, Spartak Loses Again




Alexei Osipov scored five minutes from the end to give Krylya Sovietov Samara a shock 2-1 away win over defending champion Spartak Moscow in the Premier League on Saturday.


It was Spartak's second consecutive home defeat after it squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to city rival Lokomotiv a week ago.


Spartak was whistled off the field by a sparse home crowd after its lackluster performance.


Brazilian midfielder Leandro Lasaroni, dropped by Spartak two years ago, put Samara ahead in the 23rd minute by catching goalkeeper Alexander Filimonov off guard with a long-range shot.


Samara, which had lost five games in succession before this match, kept on the attack and its Yugoslav striker Ognen Lukic was unlucky to see his point-blank shot hit the post seven minutes later.


Spartak finally came to life after the interval and its Latvian newcomer Andrei Stoltsers equalized in the 54th minute with his second goal in two matches.


But Osipov stole the show and the three points for the Volga region side when he beat two Spartak defenders in the penalty box before calmly hitting the ball into the far corner of the net past a stunned Filimonov.


However, second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow was unable to take full advantage of Spartak's defeat and was held to a 0-0 draw away to Premier League newcomer Fakel Voronezh.


Spartak still heads the table with 43 points from 19 matches, while Lokomotiv has 39 points and a game in hand.


In Ramenskoye, Torpedo Moscow beat local side Saturn 1-0 after Saturn defender Alexei Meleshin accidentally scored an own goal in the last minute. The win enabled Torpedo, with 35 points from 19 games, to close the gap on the two leaders.


In Novorossiisk, Chernomorets routed lowly CSKA Moscow 3-0 to stay fourth on 33 points from 18 games.


In Makhachkala, surprising Premier League newcomer Anzhi maintained its momentum with a 2-0 win over 1995 champion Alania Vladikavkaz to move into fifth place with 32 points from 17 matches.