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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zenit Takes Advantage Of Spartak's Derby Loss

Zenit took advantage of Spartak's derby loss to leapfrog its rival and go top of the Premier League on goal difference. Dick Advocaat's side was forced to come from behind to beat second bottom Rubin Kazan 2-1, while Spartak lost its city derby to Lokomotiv 2-1 at home.

Both sides are two points clear of third-placed defending champion CSKA, which was again held to a disappointing draw, this time a 1-1 draw at Amkar.

Lokomotiv is proving an awkward opponent for Spartak. Having already knocked its city rival out of the Russian cup 5-1 on aggregate, on Saturday the railwaymen dented Spartak's title hopes by inflicting a first league defeat of the season on Vladimir Fedotov's team.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov opened the scoring after half an hour, before Roman Pavlyuckenko forced in an equalizer for Spartak nineteen minutes from time.

It looked to be enough to earn the home side a share of the points, but Dmitry Sychev struck the winning goal for Lokomotiv with six minutes left.

With Spartak losing the day before, the way was clear for Zenit to move level on points when it faced bottom-club Rubin. Things were not going to plan, however, when Brazilian defender Gabriel scored for Rubin shortly before the break.

But Zenit was not to be denied, and drew level through defender Martin Skretl's header in the 68th minute, before Andrei Arshavin wrapped up the points for Zenit with a fine solo effort ten minutes later.

CSKA seemed to have come away with a smash-and-grab win at Amkar after Wagner Love gave it an 85th-minute lead but Nikola Drincic denied Valery Gazzayev's side with a superb shot a minute from time.

Krylya Sovietov moved two places up the table into fourth with a 2-1 success at Tomsk.

Reuters, MT