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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak's Lead Narrow After Drawing CSKA

If Spartak Moscow hopes to hang on to its precarious lead in the Premier League, it will have to do better than force ties.

Spartak held a one-point lead throughout most of Sunday's match against city rival CSKA at Luzhniki until a last-gasp equalizer helped the struggling defending champions salvage a 1-1 draw.

Brazilian midfielder Mozart converted a 30th-minute penalty to put Spartak ahead, but Poland under-21 striker David Janczyk scored in added time to prolong CSKA's 13-game unbeaten streak against its archrival. The streak dates all the way back to March 2001.

A Luzhniki record 68,000 fans attended the match, Sport Express reported, and not all were sober. Police detained some 120 mostly drunken fans for unruly behavior after the match. No serious incidents were reported.

Spartak still leads the standings, but just barely. After second-placed Zenit edged lowly Kuban Krasnodar 1-0, the St. Petersburg team trails Spartak only in goals scored. Both teams have 43 points from 23 matches.

A 78th-minute shot by Konstantin Zyryanov gave Zenit the win after Kuban goalie Vladimir Gabulov had valiantly kept his team alive.

FK Moscow stayed in third, four points behind, after beating Spartak Nalchik 1-0 with Argentine striker Maxi Lopez scoring his first goal for the Muscovites since joining them from Barcelona two weeks ago.

CSKA has little chance of retaining its league title with just seven games left.

Reuters, MT