Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg's attempt to chalk up a ninth consecutive win was thwarted on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Amkar Perm.
However, Zenit remain top with 36 points from 15 matches, six points ahead of Spartak and Lokomotiv who face each other on Sunday in the Moscow derby. Amkar's French defender Thomas Phibel put his side ahead in the 27th minute sending home a rebound after his initial header from a corner by Georgy Peev had bounced back to him.
Zenit levelled 12 minutes later when Portuguese midfielder Miguel Danny fired the ball in from close range from Igor Smolnikov's cross. "Amkar are a very well organised team. They played with passion in the first half and gave us some serious trouble," said Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti. "After the break we gained the initiative and created chances. Unfortunately we failed to convert them into a goal but the draw looks a fair result."
Reigning champions CSKA Moscow battled back from a goal down to beat Volga 2-1 in Nizhny Novgorod. Volga's Jamaican midfielder Luton Shelton gave the hosts the lead in the 29th minute following a corner.
However, Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia pulled the scores level just five minutes later after a cross from Bulgarian teammate Georgi Milanov. Serbian midfielder Zoran Tosic grabbed the winner after Volga goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko parried Keisuke Honda's initial shot with 18 minutes to go.
"Volga are a good team and it's always hard to play with them especially at their home ground," CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky said. "Today sometimes we looked very good, sometimes unimpressive. But we managed to win and that's the most important thing for us."
Dynamo Moscow clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Tomsk courtesy of an own goal by Belarus international defender Maxim Bordachev.