Rubin Kazan, the club from the capital of the republic of Tatarstan, increased their lead in the Russian Premier League with a confident 2-0 win over underdogs Khimki on Saturday.
The win put Kazan on 39 points from 19 matches, four ahead of second-placed Dynamo Moscow. Spartak Moscow sit third on 30 points.
Bottom of the table Khimki unexpectedly seized the initiative and dominated play at Kazan from the start but failed to create any serious threat. In the 53rd minute Kazan took the lead through their midfielder Christian Noboa of Equador, who scored with a close-range header from his Turkish teammate Karadeniz Gokdeniz's left-handed cross.
Another Turkish striker, Hasan Kabze, added the second in injury time to secure a well-deserved win.
Second-placed Dynamo could only draw 1-1 with nine-time champions Spartak in Moscow's famous derby clash. In the 23rd minute, Dynamo raced into the lead through striker Alexander Kerzhakov, who sent in a rebound after Spartak keeper Stipe Pletikosa deflected Dmitry Khokhlov's 14-metre shot.
After the break, Spartak pinned Dynamo back and levelled in the 79th minute through Artem Dzyuba, who fired just under the crossbar from Alexander Pavlenko's well-struck free-kick.