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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zenit Grabs Lead After Spartak Draws

Itar-TassSpartak's Yegor Titov, left, and Saturn's Aleksei Ivanov vying for the ball in Sunday's Premier League game, drawn 0-0.
Spartak fell two points behind St. Petersburg's Zenit for first place in the Premier League on Sunday, after managing only a scoreless draw on the road against Moscow region side FK Saturn, Sport Express reported.

Zenit picked a full three points with a convincing 3-0 blanking of home team Spartak Nalchik to move out alone on top of the standings with just two weeks to play in the season, the newspaper said.

The much improved Saturn club -- which is undefeated in it last 11 matches -- a stretch that has included eight wins, looked like it could dominate the visitors from the opening whistle, as Alexei Ivanov had a chance from just to the right of the penalty spot that was saved by Saturn's Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikos.

Spartak continued to dominate into the second half, with forward Nikita Bazhenov missing on a chance from in close in the 49th minute.

Spartak also upped the tempo in the final minutes looking for the winner, but the Saturn defense managed to prevent the visitors from mounting any real threat.

Zenit, meanwhile, managed the win despite awful conditions on a Nalchik field that resembled a swamp more than a field. Most of the water was in the Nalchik end for the first half, which ended scoreless.

Drier conditions in the second half allowed Zenit to play more constructively, and Belgian Nicolas Lomberts, Argentine Alejandro Dominguez and Turkish international Fatih Tekke each scored to give their team a priceless win.

In other games Sunday, CSKA Moscow beat visiting Krylya Sovietov 4-2, and Lokomotiv and Tom Tomsk played out a scoreless draw in Moscow.

In games played on Saturday, Khimki beat visiting Luch-Energia 3-0, FK Moscow beat Amkar Perm 3-1 at home, bottom side Rostov held Dynamo Moscow 0-0 and Rubin Kazan drew 2-2 with visiting Kuban Krasnodar.