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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Maintains Hot Streak

Russian champion Spartak edged closer to the top of the Premier League table after beating city rival Dynamo 1-0 in a scrappy Moscow derby on Monday.

Vladimir Beschastnykh converted a controversial 83rd-minute penalty to extend his scoring run to five games, going back to Russia's 3-2 World Cup defeat by Belgium on June 14.

The striker has now scored seven goals in four games since returning from Japan.

Referee Valery Shaveiko hesitated before pointing to the spot after Spartak's Senegalese defender Ibra Kebe appeared to be fouled on the edge of the box.

"I don't think it was a penalty, but obviously the referee had a different view," Dynamo coach Viktor Prokopenko said afterward. "It's a tough loss to take."

The defeat snapped Dynamo's five-game winning streak since Prokopenko replaced Alexander Novikov four weeks into the season.

Spartak, which was missing 18-year-old striker Dmitry Sychyov -- Russia's joint top scorer this season -- to a bruised ankle, also lost Jerry-Christian Tchuisse in the second minute after the Cameroon defender limped off the pitch with a leg injury.

"We definitely had problems in defense today," Spartak assistant Viktor Samokhin told a post-match news conference after head coach Oleg Romantsev failed to show up.

"We had [Dmitry] Ananko suspended, [Yury] Kovtun injured and then we lost Tchuisse," Samokhin said.

"It was very tough for us defensively, but we came through."

The win gave third-placed Spartak 29 points from 15 matches.

Spartak is now five points behind Lokomotiv, which was to face Torpedo in another Moscow derby on Tuesday. Another Moscow side, CSKA, remains in second, also on 29 points, but has two games in hand.