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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Upset at Home as Troubles Take Effect

Russian champion Spartak Moscow suffered a shock 2-0 defeat by Saturn RenTV on Saturday, ending its 13-game unbeaten run.

A win would have enabled Spartak to regain top spot in the Premier League, but it now remains two points behind city rival Lokomotiv, which also has two games in hand.

Spartak has 47 points from 24 matches, while Saturn moved up to fourth place on 39 points after 22 games.

Moldovan international Sergei Rogachev, Saturn's top scorer this season, put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute with a quick move inside the box before beating former Russia keeper Stanislav Cherchesov with a low drive into the near corner.

Alexei Medvedev doubled the lead shortly after the interval when he capitalized on a mistake by Spartak defender Yury Kovtun and fired a rising shot into the top corner.

The defeat -- Spartak's first since losing 2-0 at home to Uralan Elista on May 4, gave another problem to coach Oleg Romantsev, who returned to the Spartak bench for the first time since being released from a hospital last week. Romantsev had surgery to remove kidney stones. Across town, Dynamo Moscow finally snapped its four-game winless streak at home by beating bottom side Sokol Saratov 2-1.

Dmitry Bulykin and Yugoslav striker Ognen Koroman scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to give Dynamo its first home win in two months. It now has 33 points from 22 games.

In England, Manchester United captain Roy Keane was sent off for elbowing fellow Irish international Jason McAteer at the end of the Reds' stormy 1-1 tie with Sunderland.

The fiery Irishman will be banned for at least three games for the incident, which took place seconds before the game had ended.

Playing at the Stadium of Light, Ryan Giggs gave Manchester United the lead after six minutes but Tore Andre Flo punished some poor United defending with an equalizer 20 minutes from the end to keep up his record of scoring on his debuts.

Elsewhere, a late penalty by Teddy Sheringham fired Tottenham to the top of the Premier League after a 2-1 victory over Southampton at White Hart Lane.

Glenn Hoddle's team has a three-point lead with 10 from four games after three wins in a row with Arsenal and Liverpool, both with seven from three, not playing.

French striker Nicolas Anelka scored a hat-trick for Manchester City -- his first goals for his new club in the Premier League -- as Kevin Keegan's team downed Everton 3-1. City had to play for the last 62 minutes with 10 men after the expulsion of Shawn Wright-Phillips.

Leeds suffered another alarming upset as promoted Birmingham City triumphed 2-1 just three days after Terry Venables' team had lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland. Paul Devlin fired the Blues ahead after 31 minutes at St. Andrews and, although Lee Bowyer equalized five minutes into the second half, Damien Johnson powered home the winner in the 58th.

West Bromwich Albion ended its run of losses with a 1-0 victory over Fulham at the Hawthorns thanks to a close range header from Darren Moore. The victory, which followed losses to Manchester United, Leeds and Arsenal, meant that all three promoted teams won.

Claus Jensen and John Fortune fired in early goals for Charlton in a 2-0 victory at West Ham while a late strike by Cameroon international Joseph Desire Job gave Middlesbrough a 1-0 victory over Blackburn. (Reuters, AP)