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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Euro Joy for Rubin as Spartak, CSKA Triumph in Cup Semis

CSKA Moscow beat Zenit St. Petersburg in the semifinals of the Russian Cup on Wednesday to set up a final against Spartak Moscow, which ousted Saturn Ramenskoye in the other semi.

Goals from Vagner Love, Dudu and Sergei Ignashevich helped CSKA cruise to a 3-0 win over Zenit.

Spartak's ticket to the final was secured by strikes from Fernando Kavenaghi, Alexander Pavelenko and a Mozart penalty. Fredy Berreiro scored for Saturn, but missed from the spot in the final minute, and the score remained 3-1.

CSKA and Spartak will play for the trophy at Luzhniki Stadium on May 20.

An unlikely benefactor of Wednesday's results was Rubin Kazan, which finished fourth in the league last year.

In accordance with UEFA rules, the winner of a national cup competition plays in the UEFA Cup the following season. However, CSKA and Spartak will be playing in the Champions League, having finished first and second, respectively, in the Premier League last season.

The club finishing outside the two Champions League berths -- Lokomotiv -- also qualifies for the UEFA Cup, so the fourth-placed side -- Rubin -- was given the extra European place.

"We were really lucky!" Rubin general director Yevgeny Golov told Sport-Express on Wednesday.