Grozny fall again as CSKA cruise
Terek Grozny sacked manager Ruud Gullit after they suffered a 1-0 defeat by Amkar Perm in today's Russian Premier League action. Grozny had won just three times in their opening 12 games and a last-minute own goal from Sergey Omelyanchuk sealed the Dutchman's fate and left the club lying in 14th place, just above the relegation zone.
CSKA Moscow retained their two-point lead at the top of the table, however, as they claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala. Brazilian striker Vagner Love fired the hosts into a fifth-minute lead at the Luzhniki Stadium before Keisuke Honda doubled the advantage just before the half hour mark. Alan Dzagoev completed the scoring just after the hour.
Second-placed Zenit St Petersburg also enjoyed an emphatic home win as they beat Rostov 4-0. Aleksei Ionov scored the opener inside a minute with Danko Lazovic netting the second after 39 minutes for a 2-0 lead before the break.
Substitutes Szabolcs Huszti and Alexander Bukharov completed the scoring in the second half as Zenit remained within range of CSKA at the top of the table, although they have played a game more than their rivals.
Lokomotiv Moscow needed two goals in the last two minutes to climb up to third place with a 3-1 win over bottom side Spartak Nalchik. Dmitri Sychev gave Lokomotiv an early lead, but David Siradze's strike ensured the sides were level at half-time. The game appeared to be heading for a draw until substitute Alan Gatagov made it 2-1 in the 89th minute, with Aleksandr Minchenkov sealing the win just a minute later.
Ten-man Krasnador unfazed
A double from Joaozinho helped ten-man Krasnador to a 4-2 win at home over Volga Nizhny Novgorod. Yura Movsisyan put the hosts ahead before Anton Khazov levelled, but Aleksandr Kulchy and Joaozinho struck to put Krasnador 3-1 up.
Lasha Salukvadze pulled one back for the visitors and the home side were reduced down to ten when substitute Andrei Mikheev was dismissed for a second booking, but Joaozinho, unshaken by the loss scored a second to seal the win.
Nejc Pecnik got the only goal in a 1-0 victory for Krylya Sovetov over Kuban Krasnador, while Rubin Kazan were 3-0 winners over Dinamo Moscow. Salvatore Bocchetti gave Rubin a 42nd minute lead and second half goals from Cesar Navas and a Bebras Natkho penalty put the match out of reach.
The day's other game saw Tomsk share a 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow. Artem Dzjuba put Spartak ahead, but a last-gasp strike from Maksim Kanunnikov ensured the hosts claimed a point.