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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Loko, CSKA Split Lead as Season Goes to Wire

Two first-half goals from Vadim Yevseyev earned Lokomotiv a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg on Sunday to set up a dramatic climax to the Russian Premier League season.

With just the final round of matches remaining, Lokomotiv is now level on 63 points with crosstown rival CSKA, which edged out former champion Spartak 2-1 in a fiercely contested Moscow derby Saturday.

Lokomotiv, which is bidding to win its first ever title in the club's 67-year history, meets city rival Dynamo next Sunday, while CSKA, which has not won a league crown since clinching the last Soviet championship in 1991, faces Saturn RenTV.

If both CSKA and Lokomotiv finish the season with the same number of points, the Premier League champion will be decided in a one-off "golden match."

Yevseyev put Lokomotiv ahead in the 29th minute when he knocked in the ball after Zenit keeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev dropped a simple cross.

The rugged defender doubled the lead with a timely header following a Dmitry Loskov corner shortly before the interval.

Zenit winger Alexander Spivak pulled one back with an 81st-minute penalty kick, but the Railwaymen held on for victory.

Elsewhere, Georgy Bazayev scored with five minutes remaining to give Alania Vladikavkaz a 1-0 win at bottom-of-the-table Anzhi Makhachkala.

The win moved the 1995 champion, on 30 points, out of the relegation zone, but Anzhi (22 points), Sokol Saratov (23) and Torpedo-ZIL Moscow (25) will all be fighting to avoid the two relegation spots.