CSKA in command, Lokomotiv tumble
CSKA Moscow maintained their two-point advantage at the top of the Russian Premier League with a 2-0 victory at bottom side Spartak Nalchik.
Seydou Doumbia scored the opener after 19 minutes with Sergei Ignashevich sealing the win from the penalty spot midway through the second half.
Zenit St Petersburg kept up the pressure on the leaders with their own 2-0 win over Volga Nizhny Novgorod. Alexander Kerzhakov scored both goals for the visitors.
Rubin Kazan climbed up to third place after beating Rostov 3-1. The visitors went in front through Igor Lebedenko in the 15th minute only for Dmitri Kirichencko to level with a penalty five minutes into the second half.
That looked to have earned Rostov a point, but Alexander Ryazantsev struck eight minutes from time to restore Rubin's lead and Sergey Kisliak added some shine to the win in the dying seconds.
Dinamo Moscow also gained some ground with a 3-0 win over Tomsk which lifted them into the top four. Alexander Samedov, Kevin Kuranyi and Aleksandr Kokorin were all on target in the first half.
A goalless draw at home to Amkar Perm saw Anzhi Makhachkala slip to fifth, while Lokomotiv Moscow also tumbled down the table with a 2-0 loss to city rivals Spartak.
Goals from Zhano Ananidze and Sergio Rodri in as many minutes at the end of the first half saw off Lokomotiv, who also had Marinato Guilherme sent off after 58 minutes.
Krasnodar overcame the dismissal of Nemanja Tubic to claim a 1-0 win over local rivals Kuban with Nikola Drincic grabbing the only goal after 67 minutes.
Terek Grozny were 2-0 winners over Krylya Sovetov thanks to strikes in each half from Aleksandr Pavlenko and Shamil Asildarov, the latter coming from the penalty spot.