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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rubin Kazan Tops CSKA; Saturn Loss Sparks Fights

Rubin Kazan scored twice in the last two minutes to beat newly crowned Russian champion CSKA Moscow 3-2 Saturday and secure a third-place finish.

CSKA was leading 2-1 with just two minutes remaining, but goals from Oleg Nechayev and Denis Boyarintsev clinched Rubin bronze medals and a UEFA Cup spot in its first season in the Russian Premier League, prompting wild celebrations among a sellout crowd of 23,000 at Kazan's Central Stadium.

In Moscow, last year's champion Lokomotiv hammered lowly Uralan Elista 6-0 on the final day of the league season, but had to settle for fourth place, a point behind Kazan.

Russian internationals Marat Izmailov and Dmitry Loskov each had a pair of goals, while Vadim Yevseyev and Dmitry Khokhlov also scored for the railway side, which warmed up for next week's Champions League clash with Inter Milan.

The season's finale, however, was marred by clashes between fans and police in Ramenskoye after home team Saturn suffered a 3-1 defeat by Zenit St. Petersburg.

Russian news agencies reported that hundreds of Saturn supporters fought with riot police inside the stadium following the match. No serious injuries were reported.

It was Saturn's fourth defeat in its last five matches under former Russian national team coach Oleg Romantsev, who replaced Vitaly Shevchenko as Saturn's coach just over a month ago.

Andrei Arshavin scored a hat trick for Zenit, which had already clinched second place last week with a 0-0 draw against Lokomotiv.

With the top two places already decided, the match in Kazan was the game to watch.

The result, however, was not unexpected for many insiders in Russian soccer.

Before the match, the media speculated that CSKA had little incentive to play for a win, and bookmakers refused to take any bets on the outcome.

The army side, which clinched its first league title in over a decade with a 3-0 win over Rotor Volgograd last week, was missing several top players, including captain Sergei Semak, Croatia striker Ivica Olic and Czech midfielder Jiri Jarosik.

Another somewhat expected result came in Moscow, where Torpedo-Metallurg beat city neighbor Spartak 2-0.

The win saved struggling Metallurg from being relegated as it moved a point above Uralan, dropping Elista to the first division along with already relegated Chernomorets Novorossiisk.

They will be replaced next season by Amkar Perm and Kuban Krasnodar from the first division. Kuban held Terek Grozny to a 0-0 home draw to secure second place behind Amkar, which won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history after beating Fakel Voronezh 2-0.