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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA and Spartak Level on Points in Title Race

Spartak Moscow and CSKA both won over the weekend to stay tied atop the Premier League with 31 points.

Spartak Moscow beat Krylya Sovietov at home 3-2 and CSKA won by the same score at neighbor Dynamo Moscow.

A deflected 35-meter strike by Czech defender Radoslav Kovac sealed the points for Spartak in the 70th minute. Spartak's Brazilian midfielder Mozart and Argentine forward Fernando Cavenaghi netted the team's other goals. Krylya Sovietov's goals were scored by David Mudzhiri and Alexei Skvernyuk.

"Spartak is the happiest team in Russia, with a great sense of humor," Spartak boss Vladimir Fedotov told Sovietsky Sport after the game."We easily score three and concede two."

A Vagner Love double added to a first-half strike from Ivica Olic, allowing CSKA to maintain its momentum at the top. Brazilian striker Derlei grabbed both goals for Dynamo, which continued its miserable run and remained second from bottom.

Spartak Nalchik lost ground on the leaders by falling to Vladivostok side Luch-Energia. The Far Eastern team won thanks to an 86th minute penalty.

"We didn't play our best game," Spartak Nalchik coach Yury Krasnozhan told Sovietsky Sport. Nalchik remains at 28 points, in third place behind the joint leaders. Lokomotiv is breathing down its neck, now with 27 points after edging Rostov 2-1 away from home.

Elsewhere, Zenit St. Petersburg held on to eighth place after managing a 2-2 away draw at sixth-placed Tom Tomsk. Saturn and FK Moscow played out a 1-1 draw, as did Shinnik Yaroslavl and Torpedo Moscow. Amkar Perm's game against Rubin Kazan finished in a goalless draw.