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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chasing Pack Stumbles In Its Pursuit of Nalchik

The Moscow teams chasing surprise Premier League leader Spartak Nalchik made little headway over the weekend.

Of the three teams below Nalchik in the standings, only Spartak Moscow recorded a win, to move past Lokomotiv into third place. Spartak Moscow beat Amkar 3-1 to draw level with second-placed CSKA on 25 points.

CSKA drew 2-2 at Torpedo on Saturday, but retained second place on goal difference. The Army side has now gone four games without a win, an unwelcome club record under coach Valery Gazzayev.

"We lost two points today," Gazzayev said, referring to a headed goal by Brazilian striker Jo that was ruled offside. "The linesman made a mistake, but what can you do? This is football," he said in comments carried by Sovietsky Sport.

Eleventh-placed Saturn thought it had Sunday's game against Lokomotiv in the bag until a last-minute own goal handed the railwaymen an undeserved 1-1 draw.

"That was one of our worst matches. Our opponents totally outplayed us," Loko coach Slavoljub Muslin said, Sport-Express reported. "I will have to figure out why we are playing worse and worse."

Spartak Nalchik had the chance to open up a five-point lead at the top of the table in a late game Monday at home against 12th-placed Rostov.

At the wrong end of the table, free-spending Dynamo is now winless in its last seven games, having drawn 2-2 with 9th-placed Zenit to stay third from the bottom.

"We need a win like we need air," Dynamo defender Alexander Tochilin said, Gazeta.ru reported.

Torpedo's draw against CSKA left Shinnik a point further adrift at the bottom of the table and Torpedo level on 10 points with Dynamo.

Shinnik remains on seven points, having lost 2-1 to eighth-placed FK Moscow.

Spartak Moscow hosts Moldovan champion Sherif on Wednesday in the return leg of the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Spartak will hope for an improved performance after a lackluster 1-1 first-leg draw in Tiraspol last week.

The winner will face Czech champion Slovan Liberec in the third and final qualifying round next week.

CSKA enters the competition in the third round against either Swedish champion Djurgarden or Slovakian side Ruzomberok for a place in the lucrative group stage. Rubin will play a UEFA Cup qualifier against FC BATE of Belarus next week.