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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA Holds Loko to 0-0 Draw

Russian Premier League leader Lokomotiv Moscow was held to a 0-0 draw by city rival CSKA in a top of the table clash Tuesday.

CSKA, which is five points behind its rivals with two games in hand, dominated the first half while Lokomotiv had more chances after the interval. It was CSKA coach Valery Gazzayev's first game since his appointment as Russia's national coach on Monday.

Gazzayev, who will combine club and national duties until the end of the year, replaced Oleg Romantsev following Russia's dismal showing at the World Cup. Lokomotiv coach Yury Syomin -- also considered for the national job -- played down the significance of going head-to-head with Gazzayev.

"It was an important game because the winner would have had a clear advantage in the title race," said Syomin, a friend of Gazzayev since they played together in the mid-1970s. "Other than that it had no bearing on the way we prepared for this match."

Gazzayev also saw two members of the Russian World Cup squad leave the field with injuries. Lokomotiv right back Dmitry Sennikov suffered a thigh injury, while CSKA left winger Andrei Solomatin was carried off suffering with a concussion. "I think it's a serious injury and we don't know yet when Solomatin will be able to return," Gazzayev said.

CSKA captain Sergei Semak said they had wanted a victory to give Gazzayev a boost following his national appointment. "We wanted to win for him because there will be a lot more pressure on him since he took over the national team," Semak said.

Semak also said that he and most of his teammates were dejected after returning from the World Cup. "All of us came back very disappointed with our performance there -- it's a big letdown for us now," said the midfielder, who did not feature in any of Russia's three matches.

Elsewhere, Krylya Sovietov Samara beat Torpedo Moscow 1-0 to move into third place on 24 points -- 10 points adrift of the leaders. Shinnik Yaroslavl thrashed lowly Anzhi Makhachkala 6-0, with defender Dmitry Vasilyev notching a second-half hattrick.

Newly signed Georgia internationals Georgi Demetradze and Mikhel Ashvetia both scored twice as they led their new club Alania Vladikavkaz to a 5-2 victory over Torpedo-ZIL Moscow.