CSKA shrug off ground switch to extend lead in Russia
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Reigning champions CSKA Moscow shrugged off having to switch grounds to extend their lead at the top of the Russian Premier League by beating Rostov 1-0 on Saturday.

CSKA now have 20 points from eight matches to stay three points ahead of Zenit St. Petersburg who beat Terek Grozny 2-0 and city rivals Spartak who earned a 1-0 win over Volga at Nizhny Novgorod.

CSKA's match was moved to Moscow's Torpedo stadium after their own Khimki arena was damaged after a European U-21 qualifier between Russia and Slovenia had been played at the venue under heavy rain.

The hosts grabbed the only goal in the 71st minute when 20-year-old striker Konstantin Bazelyuk, who came on as a second-half substitute for recent Braziian signing Vitinho, scored from a rapid counter-attack.

"It's always hard to play in the next match after players have been away on international duty," CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky said.

Spartak win narrowly at Nizhny, Zenit in control at home
Spartak looked in command from the start of their match at Nizhny Novgorod and clinched the lead in the 32nd minute through Armenian striker Yura Movsisyan, who headed the ball home from Dmitry Kombarov's precise left-wing cross.

"I'm pleased with the result today but not with our performance," Spartak head coach Valery Karpin said.

"We should have played better but one way or another we won and grabbed the three points."

Meanwhile, last season's runners-up Zenit St. Petersburg experienced few troubles against minnows Terek Grozny.

Russia international striker Alexander Kerzhakov put Zenit 1-0 ahead in the 21st minute when he slotted the ball home from just inside the box thanks to a razor-sharp pass from former Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin.

Portuguese midfielder Miguel Danny added a second goal with two minutes remaining before the break from Kerzhakov's cross.