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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dynamo Freezes as Rivals Fire Ahead

Moscow's frigid spring got the better of Dynamo's foreign legion this weekend as the ambitious Moscow club collapsed to a 4-1 defeat in St. Petersburg to fall behind title rivals Lokomotiv, CSKA, Zenit and Torpedo, which all secured deserved wins in the new season's opening weekend.

The Dynamo squad was recently bolstered by Portuguese and Brazilian signings, but winning the Champions League with Porto did not prepare striker Derlei for playing in front of a packed Petrovsky Stadium in minus nine degrees Celsius. The only goal from the ham-handedly assembled Muscovites came from Portugal defender Nuno Frechaut -- but by that time the home team was already 3-0 up with goals from Ivica Krizanac, Andrei Arshavin and Alexander Kerzhakov. Pavel Mare finished the rout in the 73rd minute.

CSKA, which earned a 1-1 draw away to Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Cup last 16 last week was not the most gracious host to league newcomer Terek Grozny, punishing the Chechens' defense 3-0. Croat striker Ivica Olic scored a cracking goal midway through the first half before Brazil's Daniel Carvalho and Bosnian Elvir Rahimic added more pain for the visitors.

2004 champion Lokomotiv Moscow got off to a solid start, beating the new kids of Tom Tomsk 2-0. Igor Lebedenko, who arrived at Lokomotiv from Torpedo in mid-season, earned Loko's first goal on 32 minutes, with captain Dmitry Loskov making it 2-0 after 66.

Meanwhile, the new Spartak regime under Latvia's Alexander Starkov lost its opening match 2-0 to FK Moskva, in the first Russian league game on the artificial turf of Luzhniki.

In other games, Torpedo Moscow beat Rostov 3-1 and Krylya Sovietov Samara saw off the challenge of Alania Vladikavkaz 2-0.

Saturn Ramenskoye and Rubin Kazan shared a goalless draw, while Shinnik Yaroslavl and Amkar Perm drew 1-1 on a neutral pitch at the relatively balmy Black Sea port of Novorossiisk.