Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg edged closer to their second domestic title after an impressive 3-0 home win over Alanaia Vladikavkaz. The result left Zenit on top of the table with 60 points from 25 matches, six points ahead of second-placed defending champions Rubin Kazan. Challengers CSKA Moscow sit third on 51 points with a game in hand.
Zenit were in command from the start and took a 16th minute lead when Serbian striker Danko Lazovic sent the ball into the top right-handed corner with a well-struck freekick. Russian international forward Alexander Kerzhakov added a goal with three minutes remaining before the break sending the ball into an unguarded post from Vladimir Bystrov's cross.
Kerzhakov rounded off the scoring with his second of the match six minutes after the break sending the ball into the net past Alania goalkeeper - his younger brother Mikhail - with a sharp-angled shot.
Rubin Kazan added three points to their balance to stay in the race for the title with a 2-0 away win at Samara. Rubin forward Sergei Kornilenko was the hero of the match, scoring twice in the second half after the hosts managed to keep their net clean before the break.
Meanwhile, CSKA Moscow lost points at Ramenskoye as they were held to a 1-1 draw. Czech striker Tomas Necid lifted CSKA 1-0 up in the 39th minute lobbing the ball into the net over Ramenskoye keeper Antonin Kinski from the edge of the six-yard box. But the hosts levelled just after the interval through midfielder Alexei Ivanov, who scored from Petr Nemov's precise cross. Ramenkoye full back Ruslan Nakhushev reduced his team's chances for a positive result as he was sent off for fouling Necid in the area in the 53rd minute. CSKA were awarded a penalty kick but their Chilean forward Marc Gonzalez failed to restore the Red Army side's lead sending the ball wide.
Lokomotiv Moscow also shrugged off a dismissal, that of Marka Basa on the stroke of half-time, to win 1-0 at Anzhi Makhachkala thanks to an 89th-minute goal from Dmitri Sychev. Tom Tomsk took advantage of a red card for Amkar Perm's Sergei Volkov in the 39th minute to win 1-0 thanks to Aleksander Karitonov's 53rd-minute strike. Spartak Nalchik salvaged a 1-1 draw at Terek Grozny as Vladimir Dyadyun scored in the 87th minute to cancel out Andrei Vasyanovich's 13th-minute own goal.