Russian Premier League Wrap: CSKA on brink of title as Zenit draw
CSKA Moscow edged closer to the Russian Premier League title with a convincing 4-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow on Sunday.
The capital club were 3-0 up by half-time at the Luzhniki Stadium after Brazilian striker Vagner Love struck either side of an Ahmed Musa goal.
Love netted a set-piece from the edge of the penalty area inside of six minutes, before Musa slid home Alan Dzagoev's low cross and Love pounced on a spill by goalkeeper Dario Kresic.
Dmitry Tarasov pulled one back for Lokomotiv in the 55th minute, but substitute Seydou Doumbia sealed the win with a clinical finish 15 minutes from time.
Leonid Slutsky's side will be crowned champions for the first time in seven years with three points against Kuban Krasnodar on Saturday, after their closest rivals Zenit St Petersburg could only draw 1-1 at lowly Rostov.
Axel Witsel gave Zenit the lead after six minutes of play but a Vitaliy Dyakov penalty ten minutes from time all but ended their bid for a hat-trick of titles.
Timofey Kalachev was sent off late in injury-time for the hosts, who edged out of the relegation play-off places with a point.
However, Zenit's UEFA Champions League place was confirmed after Anzhi Makhachkala lost 1-0 at Terek Grozny, with Facundo Piriz scoring the winning goal in the 27th minute.
Alaniya were relegated straight back to the second division after a penalty from Andrei Karyaka condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Volga, who moved away from the bottom four with three points.
Meanwhile, Kuban Krasnodar moved a step closer to a first-ever European campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of struggling Amkar Perm.
Ivelin Popov and Marcos Pizzelli added to Ibrahima Balde's brace to help Kuban sit level on 47 points with Dynamo Moscow and Rubin Kazan.
The latter overcame minnows Saransk 2-1 on Friday courtesy of goals from Karadeniz Gokdeni and substitute Vladimir Dyadyun.
Alexander Kokorin rescued a point for Dynamo at home to Krasnodar on Saturday, stretching their unbeaten run to 14 games.
Elsewhere, Russia's most-decorated club Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 with Samara, after Marek Suchy headed home from a corner to cancel out Pyotr Nemov’s eighth-minute opener.