Two-time former champions Lokomotiv Moscow went top of the Russian Premiership after a 3-1 win at Kuban Krasnodar, while CSKA Moscow failed to break into the top three with a goalless draw at Rostov.
Moubarak Boussoufa has agreed a deal to sign for Lokomotiv Moscow and becomes the latest player to leave Dagestan outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
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.
Dinamo Moscow failed to gain ground on Zenit St Petersburg after a 2-1 loss to Anzhi Makhachkala, while Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 with Spartak Nalchik.
Morocco, Tunisia and Gambia posted morale-boosting wins midweek in Africa, as South Africa also impressed and Didier Drogba edged closer to an important milestone.
Fans were left to wait until the last day of action in Belgium's Jupiler League for champions to be crowned, and it was ultimately Racing Genk who sealed the top-place finish, while outgoing champions Anderlecht ended third.