A second-half equaliser from Igor Semshov rescued a 1-1 draw for Dinamo Moscow in their derby with second-placed CSKA Moscow, who had taken an early lead through Seydou Doumbia.
Dynamo Moscow and star striker Kevin Kuranyi have made a winning start to the championship play-offs in Russia. FIFA.com spoke to the former Germany man.
Dinamo Moscow kept up the pressure on leaders Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow with a 2-1 defeat of Kuban Krasnodar, while Spartak Moscow also enjoyed a boost with a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv.
A strong defensive display from the likes of Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given and defender Richard Dunne secured a vital 0-0 draw with Russia.
Germany made sure of their place at UEFA EURO 2012 in emphatic style on Friday, while Italy, the Netherlands, France and England all moved a step closer to joining them.
Igor Semshov scored just before half-time to lift Russia 1-0 past FYR Macedonia, clinching top spot in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B.