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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Moves Further Ahead With 2-0 Victory Over Uralan




Seven-time national champion Spartak Moscow stayed on course for yet another league title as Brazilian striker Luis Robson scored again in a comfortable 2-0 win over Uralan Elista on Saturday.


Spartak's 43 points from 17 matches keeps it eight points clear of Lokomotiv Moscow, which has a game in hand. Lokomotiv, last year's runner-up, also won 2-0, at Krylya Sovietov Samara.


Spartak's Robson, who notched his first Premier League hat-trick against city rival Torpedo four days ago, put the home side ahead in the second minute with a perfectly placed shot for his eighth goal of the season.


Spartak wasted several good chances after the break before substitute Maxim Buznikin put the game beyond Uralan Elista with a fine solo effort a minute from time.


Lokomotiv's Yevgeny Kharlachyov opened the scoring against Krylya Sovietov Samara midway through the first half. Leading scorer Dmitry Loskov added another shortly after the interval.


Torpedo Moscow recovered from Tuesday's 4-2 defeat by Spartak to beat bottom side Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 1-0. The result took Torpedo above Anzhi Makhachkala into third place with 31 points from 17 games. Anzhi did not have a game.


Dynamo Moscow signed striker Alexei Medvedev just 24 hours before its match with Chernomorets Novorossiisk, and the move paid immediate dividends as he scored twice in a 2-2 draw, his second goal coming in the 86th minute.


Moldova international striker Sergei Rogachyov, another recent acquisition, scored the last-minute winner to give Saturn Ramenskoye a 2-1 victory over lowly CSKA Moscow, which have dropped to third from bottom, just two points above the relegation zone.


Bottom side Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod has sacked its second head coach in a month, club officials said Monday.


Nikolai Kozin, who took over from Valery Ovchinnikov just three weeks ago, was fired after Nizhny suffered its fifth successive defeat Saturday, which left it with just five points from 17 matches.


"This was my last game as Lokomotiv head coach," Kozin told local media following the 1-0 home defeat to Torpedo Moscow.


Lokomotiv also suffered big financial losses after its major sponsor, a local railroad company, pulled out earlier this year, leaving the Volga-region club with huge debts.