CSKA extended their lead at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over strugglers Krylya Sovetov. Their lead is now 5 points after second place Anzhi were beaten by bottom of the table Mordovia 2-0. Third placed Zenit were also beaten 1-0 by Rubin in Grozny.
CSKA took the lead after Pontus Wernbloom headed in Dzagoev’s corner in the 38th minute. They doubled their lead through Ahmed Musa’s neat finish after being played in by Vagner Love.
However the shock of the weekend came in Saransk. Anzhi had very few chances with only 3 shots on target against a new look Mordovia side under new manager Dorinel Munteanu. One of the new signings on show, Milan Perendija, opened the scoring within 3 minutes from a corner. Rustem Mukhametshin scored the second goal, again from a corner with Anzhi looking shell shocked after an out of sorts performance from the away side.
Zenit were also losers in the moved game to Grozny due to preparations for the University Games in Kazan. Zenit controlled possession but struggled to create any clear cut chances and were vulnerable on the counter attack which rang true when a poor clearance from Malafeev eventually fell to Natcho who thread in Rondon who lobbed the on rushing Malafeev with Neto helping the ball in and being credited with the own goal.
Behind Zenit in fourth is Spartak Moscow who beat fellow Europa League chasers Terek at the Luzhniki. Debutant Yura Movsisyan scored a hat trick to make him the league’s top scorer.
Leonid Kuchuk won his first game Kuban continued their pre-winter break form with a 2-0 over Volga. Two Armenians combined for the first as Pizzelli slipped in Ozbiliz who beat Kerzhakov at his near post. Ozbiliz then turned provider as Alexey Ionov doubled the away side’s lead in injury time.
Dinamo Moscow’s resurgence under Dan Petrescu continued with a 1-0 win over local rivals Lokomotiv. Ivan Solovyev tapped in Kokorin’s parried shot. Dinamo up to 7th, 2 points from 4th place Kuban.
Krasnodar came from behind to beat Amkar 2-1 on Friday. Nikita Burmistrov gave the away side the lead after 25 minutes but goals from Marcio Abreu and Wanderson to move Krasnodar up to 9th ahead of Lokomotiv. Amkar remain in 12th, 3 points ahead of the relegation play off spot.
Despite rumours of a fixed game in favour of Alania, they and Rostov played out a 0-0 draw with star players Royston Drenthe and Bressan failing to give the home side the extra quality they needed. Alania now bottom of the league after Mordovia’s win.
Volga 0 – 2 Kuban Spartak 3 – 1 Terek
Krasnodar 2 – 1 Amkar Mordovia 2 – 0 Anzhi
Dinamo 1 – 0 Lokomotiv Rubin 1 – 0 Zenit
Krylya Sovetov 0 – 2 CSKA
Alania 0 – 0 Rostov