Zenit extend winning streak to nine
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Leaders Zenit extended their winning streak in the Russian league to nine with a 3-1 win over the hosts in Rostov on Saturday.

The 2007 title winners remained top of the table with 36 points from 14 matches, seven points clear of reigning champions Rubin Kazan, 2-0 winners over Dynamo Moscow at home. CSKA Moscow, who play Spartak Nalchik on Sunday, sit third on 27 points.

Zenit squandered a host of early scoring chances but took the lead in the first minute of first half stoppage time when striker Alexander Kerzhakov sent the ball home from Italian teammate Alessandro Rosina's right-handed cross. Portuguese midfielder Danny added his goal five minutes after the interval beating Rostov goalkeeper Anton Amelchenko with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.

Halfback Viktor Faizulin made it 3-0 for Zenit 20 minutes from time beating Amelchenko with an unopposed shot on Danny's feeding pass. Rostov striker Igor Lebedenko netted a consolation goal from the spot with just one minute to go after Zenit defenders fouled him in their box.

Rubin Kazan looked in command against Dynamo Moscow but had to wait until the 55th minute for their opening goal. Midfielder Alan Kasayev was on target nine minutes after the break on the counter-attack. He then doubled up with a precise shot from outside the box to secure Kazan a well-deserved win.

The 1995 champions Alania Vladikavkaz, back in the top flight after a four-year absence, battled back from a goal down to gain a 2-1 home win over Tomsk. The guests' forward Sergei Kornilenko netted the opener with a spotkick.

But 14 minutes after the break Vladikavkaz striker Alexander Marenich levelled, beating the visitors' defence on a breakaway, while Vladikavkaz full back Ibrahim Gnanu of Burkina Faso netted the winner from Marenich's feeder 20 minutes from time.