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19 Apr, 2009 16:53

Advocaat’s blunder could cost Zenit

Advocaat’s blunder could cost Zenit

In the Russian Premier League, Zenit have moved up to second after a 1-1 draw against ten-man Lokomotiv Moscow, but could be docked points after fielding more foreign players than they were allowed.

Lokomotiv 1-1 Zenit

Kim Dong-Jin opened the scoring midway through the second half heading home following a free kick to give Zenit the lead in the Russian capital.

Rodolfo returned the favor shortly after with a header of his own from a corner.

With ten minutes left, Zenit’s Pavel Pogrebnyak was brought down by Marko Basha, prompting the referee to pull out the red card. Zenit, however, couldn’t take advantage of their numbers and Lokomotiv stood firm in front of goal.

Zenit are now a point behind leaders Krylya Sovetov.

Aggravating Zenit’s poor performance, following the game it was revealed that Zenit had fielded a total of seven foreign players at once – one more than allowed under league rules.

At the news conference after the game, Zenit coach Dick Advocaat admitted it had been his fault.

A decision on the incident will be taken next week.

Khimki 0-3 CSKA

In a far less stubborn battle the Army Men destroyed underdogs Khimki on the road. A hat-trick from Serb Milos Krasic sunk the Moscow Region side, which are still looking for their first win of the season.

Amkar 1-0 Kuban

Meanwhile, Amkar were more successful in their search, walking away with all three points in a victory over Kuban.

Ivan Cherenchikov was the hero of the day with a low shot after 15 minutes.

Rubin 3-0 Dynamo Moscow

In the kast game of the day, holders Rubin destroyed flying high Dynamo Moscow in Kazan and went on top of the Premier League with 11 points after five games.