Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moscow brought their three-match winless streak to an end with a 3-0 victory at home over Tomsk, while reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg remained in second place thanks to a 5-2 win over Samara.
CSKA have a narrow two point advantage ahead of Zenit at the top of the table, Dynamo Moscow are in third place regardless of the result of their match tomorrow with Anzhi at Makhachkala.
The leaders were in complete command during their match against Tomsk, but were made to wait until the second half to find a breakthrough. Five minutes after the break CSKA were boosted by a goal from Ivory Coast international Seidou Doumbia, who scored from Alan Dzagoyev's right-wing cross.
Japanese substitute midfielder Keisuke Honda made it 2-0, beating Tomsk keeper Sergei Pesiakov with a 35-metre free-kick into the low, right-hand corner.
Doumbia increased his lead in the league's top scorers' chart with his season's 12th goal in the 68th minute, firing home from nine metres from Kirill Nababkin's razor-sharp cross to secure his side's well-deserved win.
"We created plenty of chances in the beginning, but were too hasty and failed to convert them into goals," CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky said. "After the break we moved our attacks to the flanks and scored three goals. In general, I think we deservedly won today."
Zenit down Samara
Zenit also experienced few troubles at Samara with two goals in the first half through midfielders Miguel Danny and Roman Shirokov.
Samara reduced the arrears in the 32nd minute when striker Pavel Yakovlev scored with a close-range header, but Belgian defender Nicolas Lombaerts restored Zenit's two-goal advantage just a minute later.
Viktor Faizulin made it 4-1 in the 34th minute firing home from the edge of the penalty box. Yakovlev netted his second of the match six minutes after the interval before Shirokov grabbed a consolation for Samara with a 78th-minute penalty.
Rubin Kazan, who face Lyon next week for a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage, were held to a 1-1 draw by Amkar. Amkar midfielder Andrei Sekretov gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, firing under the crossbar from ten metres after receiving a pass from Ilya Mikhalev.
However, Rubin secured a point through Georgian full-back David Kvirkvelia, who netted an equaliser with six minutes remaining.