Kuban close gap on Zenit
Kuban Krasnodar have moved to within three points of third-placed Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian Premier League with a 2-0 win at Volga Nizhny Novgorod.
The visitors went ahead in the 20th minute when Armenia internationals Marcos Pizzelli and Aras Ozbiliz combined to good effect.
Pizzelli picked up a loose ball in midfield before slotting a wonderful through pass for Ozbiliz to fire high into the net.
Substitute Artur Tlisov, a 75th-minute replacement for Pizzelli, made the points safe in the final minute.
Neighbours Krasnodar were also victorious today, beating Amkar Perm 2-1.
Nikita Burmistrov put the visitors ahead but Krasnodar turned it round, Marcio Abreu levelling in the 28th minute before a Roman Gerus own goal 12 minutes into the second half handed the mid-table home side all three points.