Third-placed Anzhi Makhachkala were beaten 2-0 by Spartak Moscow while Russian Premier League leaders CKSA Moscow had their lead at the top cut to three points after they were defeated by Rubin Kazan.
Lionel Messi moved to within five goals of Gerd Muller's scoring record as Barcelona qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Spartak Moscow.
Russian side Spartak Moscow gained their first win of this season's UEFA Champions League campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Portuguese opponents Benfica.
Five clubs enjoyed UEFA Champions League success away from home including Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea, however Bayern Munich suffered a surprise defeat at BATE Borisov. FIFA.com reviews all the action.
After two matches as Spartak Moscow coach, Unai Emery explained his admiration for the Russian Premier League and vowed that his team will challenge at home and in Europe.
Lyon and Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom is expected to complete a transfer to Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow after a fee was reportedly agreed for the 29-year-old.