Spartak miss chance to close gap
Spartak Moscow wasted the chance to close the gap on league leaders Rubin Kazan to three points as they lost 2-1 at Saturn Moscow.
Dmitri Loskov gave Saturn the lead after half an hour's play, but Alex gave Spartak hope with a 52nd-minute penalty. However, they were only on terms for a minute as substitute Marko Topic made it 2-1 to Saturn.
The result means reigning champions Rubin lead the league by six points with a game in hand against Tom Tomsk tomorrow.
Lokomotiv Moscow are now just two points behind Spartak in third after they beat FC Moscow 1-0 with a 45th-minute penalty from Russia forward Dmitry Sychev.
In the day's other game, Rostov drew 3-3 at home to Kuban Krasnodar. Artur Tlisov was on target twice for the visitors.