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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Robson Strikes Help Spartak Increase Lead

Brazilian Luis Robson scored a rare hat trick to lead reigning champion Spartak Moscow to a 4-2 win over city rival Torpedo in an exciting Premier League derby Tuesday.

The 25-year-old striker, who only scored a handful of goals in his first two full seasons with Spartak, now has seven this season after finding the net four times in the last two games.

Robson opened the scoring after 12 minutes, hammering home from close range after a mix-up among Torpedo defenders in the penalty box.

Vitaly Litvinov equalized for Torpedo 10 minutes later after a nice through ball from Sergei Kormiltsev, who was signed from Ukrainian champion Dynamo Kiev just two days ago.

But 30 seconds later, Yegor Titov put Spartak back in front, beating Ukraine international goalkeeper Valery Vorobyev with a long-range shot for his tenth goal of the season.

Then Titov found Robson unmarked in the box seven minutes after the break, and he struck again for a 3-1 lead.

Torpedo defender Vyacheslav Dayev pulled another goal back with a powerful header from a corner in the 61st minute, but Robson restored Spartak's two-goal cushion in the last minute to grab his first Premier League hat trick.