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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Loko Draw Sends Spartak to the Champions League

ReutersLoko's Chelidze, top, and Vidic.
Spartak Moscow held city rival Lokomotiv to a 1-1 draw in the Russian Premier League season finale on Saturday to clinch second place and a spot in the Champions League qualifiers next year.

Spartak finished level on 56 points with Lokomotiv but took the runner-up spot behind champion CSKA Moscow because its had more wins than its rival.

The UEFA Cup winner had already sealed its second Russian title in three years with a 2-1 victory over Dynamo Moscow in the penultimate round on Nov. 6.

CSKA beat already-relegated Alania Vladikavkaz 4-3 on Saturday to finish with 62 points.

Spartak dominated in the early stages of the heated Moscow derby, played in front of a 30,000 capacity crowd at the Lokomotiv Stadium.

Spartak captain Yegor Titov beat Lokomotiv keeper Sergei Ovchinnikov with a close-range header off a Maxim Kalinichenko cross midway through the second half to put his team ahead.

Georgian fullback Malkhaz Asatiani equalized five minutes from time with a shot that took a deflection off Spartak defender Nemanja Vidic.