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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Draws, Keeps League Lead

Defending champion Spartak Moscow was held to a 0-0 home draw by 10-man Saturn Ramenskoye on Saturday but maintained its lead over Zenit St. Petersburg at the top of the Premier League.

Spartak missed several scoring chances late on after Saturn defender Vladimir Kurayev was sent off in the 72nd minute when he picked up his second yellow card.

Spartak, on 40 points from 21 games, still leads Zenit by a point.

Zenit wasted a chance to move to the top of the standings after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Krylya Sovietov.

Krylya went ahead in the fourth minute when Zenit's Ukrainian midfielder Olexander Spivak inadvertently put the ball into his own net.

Former Russian international Andrei Kobelev equalized for the St. Petersburg side shortly after the interval.

Last season's runner-up Lokomotiv Moscow handed city rival Torpedo its fourth defeat in its last five games as it romped to a 3-1 win.

The win enabled Lokomotiv to leapfrog Samara into third place in the standings with 38 points.

Lokomotiv, fresh from a 3-1 victory over Tirol Innsbruck in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier Tuesday, went ahead after 15 minutes through Dmitry Loskov.

But Igor Semshov leveled three minutes later when he beat Lokomotiv goalkeeper Platon Zakharchyuk, who was playing in place of injured Russia international Ruslan Nigmatullin.

Eighteen-year-old striker Marat Izmailov, who earned his first national team callup Monday, broke the 1-1 deadlock in the 40th minute, and Nigerian striker James Obiora added another just eight minutes from time.

For a second consecutive match, CSKA was held to a 0-0 draw, this time at home by Rostselmash Rostov.

CSKA, however, was able to equal a club record of 17 straight games without defeat, after bouncing back from four losses in a row at the start of the season.

Dynamo Moscow was beaten for the third time in a row by division newcomer Sokol Saratov 3-1, putting it in danger of relegation for the first time in the club's history.

Bottom side Chernomorets Novorossiisk beat fellow struggler Fakel Voronezh 1-0 to record its first win in its last 14 matches.

Ukrainian Roman Oreshchyuk hit the last-minute winner to give the Black Sea side, which will make its UEFA Cup debut this season, slim hopes of avoiding relegation.