Spartak sink Rostov, Rubin edge Kuban
Emmanuel Emenike's brace helped Spartak Moscow ease to a 3-1 victory over Rostov in the Russian Premier League. Emenike's 27th-minute strike gave Spartak, who twice gave up the lead in a 2-2 draw against Kuban Krasnodar last week, a half-time advantage.
Substitute Ari doubled their advantage in the 64th minute and Emenike struck seven minutes later before former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama Pongolle grabbed a late consolation for Rostov.
Elsewhere, Salvatore Bocchetti's strike proved the difference as Rubin Kazan edged out Kuban Krasnodar 1-0 at home in a testy match that saw both teams finish with ten men. The visitors suffered a blow when Angel Dealbert was sent off in the 34th minute but the numbers were soon evened up, Gokhan Tore seeing red for Kazan four minutes later.
However, the dismissal did not affect Kurban Berdyev's side, who scored the decisive goal on the stroke of half-time through Bocchetti.