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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Wins as CSKA Loses Akinfeyev for Year

Spartak Moscow went three points clear at the top with a dramatic 2-1 home win against bottom team Rubin Kazan after a chasing pack of three teams faltered.

Champion CSKA was held to a 1-1 draw at Rostov, Zenit St. Petersburg played out a 1-1 stalemate with Krylya Sovietov, and FK Moscow slipped from second to fourth with a 2-0 home defeat to promoted Khimki.

There was more bad news for CSKA on Monday when it learned that goalie Igor Akinfeyev will be out for most of the year after tearing knee ligaments in Sunday's game.

Akinfeyev will miss most of Russia's Euro 2008 qualifiers this year, including key home and away matches against England in September and October.

It looked as though Spartak was going to drop points as well, after Sergei Budylin canceled out Yegor Titov's first-half strike to level for the visitor with a spot-kick in injury time. Yet, improbably, Denis Boyarintsev scored a penalty in the second minute of injury time to claim all three points for the Muscovites.

CSKA appeared to be heading for all three points after strike Jo had rifled in a shot in the 57th minute. But the injury to goalie Igor Akinfeyev unnerved the side and Rostov's pressure eventually paid off with a late equalizer.

Zenit was missing Alejandro Dominguez and Fatih Tekke in its home match against Krylya Sovietov. The visiting side missed a penalty in the first half when David Mudzhiri had his shot saved. But Krylya took the lead in the second half through Branko.

Fifteen minutes later, however, Pavel Pogrebnyak showed Mudzhiri how to take a penalty, converting his comfortably to give Zenit a share of the points.

Lokomotiv Moscow had a 1-1 draw at Saturn Ramenskoye.

Reuters, MT