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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Violence Mars Moscow Derby as 47 Fans Arrested

Dynamo Moscow drew 1-1 with defending champion and city arch-rival Spartak in an entertaining Premier League derby Saturday.

But the match was marred late on by violence when riot police charged a section of Spartak fans after they threw firecrackers into the stands. Order was quickly restored.

Interfax quoted a Moscow police chief as saying that 47 fans were arrested.

Several thousand police were employed in and around Dynamo Stadium for the potentially volatile derby.

On the pitch, Dynamo went ahead just seven minutes into the game when Spartak Gogniyev volleyed home a low cross by fellow-Russia under-21 international Pyotr Bystrov.

Alexander Shirko leveled the score 20 minutes later with a fine header off a pinpoint cross by Nikolai Pisarev.

Spartak, which has struggled in recent matches, dominated the play after the interval, but Dynamo withstood the pressure.

With 10 minutes remaining, Shirko had the best chance when he was left alone in front of the goal, but he hit the post from six meters. A minute later, captain Rolan Gusev wasted a chance to give Dynamo the three points when his shot slammed into the post from 10 meters.

The result left Spartak in third place with 18 points from nine games, while Dynamo dropped to last on seven points.

Across town, Torpedo Moscow hammered Premier League leader Sokol Saratov 6-2 — its first defeat of the season.

Dmitry Vyazmikin led Torpedo with a hat trick to give him five goals in the last two games.

Krylya Sovietov Samara replaced Sokol at the top of the table thanks to a better goal difference despite being held to a 0-0 home draw by lowly Chernomorets Novorossiisk.

In Vladikavkaz, 1995 champion Alania handed fourth-placed Zenit St. Petersburg its third successive defeat, 2-0.