Kazan still top despite home loss
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Despite a 1-0 home loss to FC Moscow on Sunday, Russian leaders Rubin Kazan are still seven points clear of second-placed CSKA Moscow. Kazan have 48 points from 23 matches, with CSKA Moscow on 41, and Dynamo Moscow third a point further back.

Kazan dominated play from the start but it was the visitors who gained the lead through Argentinian striker Hector Bracamonte, who scored with a header from a well-struck free kick five minutes from the break.

After the interval, Kazan were still in command and created a handful of chances, but could not take advantage all as FC Moscow defended well to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, three-time Russian champions CSKA Moscow battled back from a goal down to beat visitors Tomsk 2-1 to jump into second spot in the table.

Tomsk got off to a lively start, taking the lead in the sixth minute through their striker Anton Arkhipov, who fired home past CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeyev after a piece of good individual work.

Tomsk keeper Sergei Pareiko was sent off for a professional foul on the league's top scorer Vagner Love just before half-time. After the interval, the Red Army side upped the tempo and scored twice within six minutes.

CSKA's 18-year-old midfielder Alan Dzagoyev levelled with a well-struck free kick in the 52nd minute, while Yevgeny Aldonin netted the Red Army side's winning goal in the 58th minute firing in a rebound after a corner.

Dynamo, who were second ahead of this weekend's round of matches, were held to a 3-3 draw at Samara and dropped into the third position. Dynamo were leading 2-0 after Jovan Tanasievic and teenage forward Fyodor Smolov scored one apiece in the first half.

But Samara refused to surrender, and reduced the arrears just before the break through Anton Bober, while Czech giant Jan Koller scored twice after the interval to put the home side 3-2 up.

Dynamo's Australian midfielder Luke Wilkshire finished off the scoring from the spot in injury time, after Samara skipper and South African full-back Matthew Booth fouled Alexander Dimidko in the box.