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.
CSKA Moscow saw their lead cut to four points after they were held to a 2-2 draw against local rivals Spartak Moscow, coupled with Zenit St. Petersburg's late win over FK Krasnodar.
Following a three-month hiatus for the harsh winter, FIFA.com looks at the Russian Premier League ahead of its return this weekend, with a number of sides adding new faces to maintain their push for glory.
Zenit St Petersburg booked third place in Group C, and a spot in the UEFA Europa League with a 1-0 win over AC Milan.
As he battles his way back from injury, Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Danny is looking forward to pairing up with new signing Hulk as the Russian side look to press on domestically and in Europe.
FIFA.com previews the remainder of the Russian season, which resumes this weekend following the winter break, with Zenit St Petersburg in pole position to defend their title.