CSKA rout Anzhi, Kuranyi on target
CSKA Moscow leapt into second place in the Russian Premier Liga after four first-half goals fired them to a 4-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala.
CSKA started the day in fourth place but jumped above Spartak Nalchik, who won on Saturday, and ahead on goal difference of Rubin Kazan who today could only manage a draw against Terek Grozny.
Terez Grozny went ahead when Hector Bracamonte netted in the 30th minute, but Rubin equalised after 52 minutes and finished the match with 10 men after Rafal Murawski was dismissed late on.
New signing Aiden McGeady was not involved as Spartak Moscow won 3-2 against local rivals Lokomotiv Moscow, thanks to a hat-trick from prolific Brazilian striker Welliton. Oleksandr Aliev and former Marseille striker Dmitri Sychev replied for Lokomotiv.
Towards the foot of the table, substitute Sergei Volkov scored two minutes after his second-half introduction to give Amkar Perm a 1-0 win over Alania Vladikavkaz.
German international striker Kevin Kuranyi scored his first Russian Premier League goal as Dynamo Moscow drew 1-1 with leaders Zenit St Petersburg whose nine-match winning streak came to an end.
Zenit, still the only unbeaten side in the championship this season, stay top with 40 points from 16 matches, seven points ahead of CSKA Moscow.
Kuranyi, who left Schalke in May after being left out of the German FIFA World Cup™ squad, put Dynamo ahead in the 26th minute with a close-range effort.
Zenit's Serbian forward Danko Lazovic levelled eight minutes later when he followed up Alexander Kerzhakov's shot which had come back off the woodwork.
"It was a very tough match," said Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti. "It was really hard to keep the tempo up in such high temperatures. We were making too many technical mistakes and missed several clear chances. Dynamo played very well. I think the draw was a very fair result."
Rubin Kazan were held to a 1-1 draw at Grozny. Argentinian forward Hector Bracamonte put Grozny in front 30 minutes into the match.
But seven minutes after the interval Ecuadorian midfielder Christian Noboah levelled from the penalty spot after forward Alexei Medvedev had been fouled in the box.